Thanksgiving Hymn of the Restored and Converted
Just as Miriam, after the deliverance of the Red Sea
11:16), celebrated it with an
ode of praise (Ex 15:1-19).
2. Lord Jehovah—Jah, Jehovah. The
repetition of the name denotes emphasis, and the
unchangeableness of God's character.
strength … song …
salvation—derived from Ex 15:2; Ps 118:14. The idea of salvation was
peculiarly associated with the feast of tabernacles (see Isa 12:3). Hence the cry "Hosanna,"
"Save, we beseech thee," that accompanied Jesus' triumphal entry
into Jerusalem on that day (the fifteenth of the seventh month) (Mt 21:9; compare with Ps 118:25, 26); the earnest of the perfected
"salvation" which He shall bring to His people at His glorious second
appearance at Jerusalem (Heb 9:28).
"He shall appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
21:3, "The tabernacle
of God is with men." Compare Lu 9:33,
"three tabernacles: one for thee," &c. (the transfiguration
being a pledge of the future kingdom), (Ps 118:15; Zec 14:16). As the Jew was reminded by the
feast of tabernacles of his wanderings in tents in the wilderness, so
the Jew-Gentile Church to come shall call to mind, with thanksgiving,
the various past ways whereby God has at last brought them to the
heavenly "city of habitation" (Ps 107:7).
3. draw water … salvation—an
expressive image in a hot country. On the last day of the feast of
tabernacles the Jews used to bring water in a golden pitcher from the
fountain of Siloam, and pour it, mingled with wine, on the sacrifice on
the altar, with great rejoicing. This is the allusion in Jesus' words
on "the last day of the feast" (Joh 7:2, 37-39). The pouring out of water indicated
repentance (1Sa 7:6;
compare, as to the Jews' repentance hereafter, Zec 12:10). There shall be a latter
outpouring of the Spirit like the former one on pentecost (Joe 2:23).
wells—not mere streams, which
may run dry, but ever-flowing fountains (Joh 4:14;
7:38), "Out of his belly
(that is, in and from himself)—living water" (Isa 42:18; Ps 84:6; Zec 13:1; Re 7:17).
4. make mention—Hebrew, "cause it
to be remembered."
5. Sing, &c.—alluding to Ex 15:21.
6. inhabitant of Zion—Hebrew,
"inhabitress"; so "daughter of Zion," that is, Zion and its people.
in the midst of thee—of Jerusalem
literally (Jer 3:17; Eze 48:35; Zep 3:15,
17; Zec 2:10).