The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 104:8
They go up by the mountains, they go down by the valleys…
The Targum is,
``they ascend out of the deep to the mountains;''
that is, the waters, when they went off the earth at the divine
orders, steered their course up the mountains, and then went down by
the valleys to the place appointed for them; they went over hills and
dales, nothing could stop them or retard their course till they came to
their proper place; which is another instance of the almighty power of
the Son of God. Some render the words, "the mountains ascended, the
valleys descended F13"; and then the meaning is, when the depth of
waters were called off the earth, the mountains and valleys appeared,
the one seemed to rise up and the other to go down; but the former
reading seems best, and emblematically describes the state of God's
people in this world, in their passage to their appointed place; who
have sometimes mountains of difficulties to go over, and which seem
insuperable, and yet they surmount them; sometimes they are upon the
mount of heaven by contemplation, and have their hearts and affections
above; they mount up with wings as eagles; sometimes they are upon the
mount of communion with God, and by his favour their mount stands
strong, and they think they shall never be moved; at other times they
are down in the valleys, in a low estate and condition; in low frames
of soul, in a low exercise of grace, and in the valley of the shadow of
death, of afflictive providences in soul or body: and as the waters,
thus steering their course under a divine direction, and by an almighty
power, at length came unto the place which, the psalmist says, thou
hast founded for them, meaning the seas; which the Lord founded and
prepared for the reception of them; and which collection of waters in
one place he called by that name, (Genesis 1:10) . So the Lord's people,
through a variety of circumstances, trials, and exercises, will be all
brought safe to the place appointed for them, and prepared by Christ in
his Father's house; where they will be swallowed up in the boundless
ocean of everlasting love.
F13 So Pagninus, Musculus, Cocceius.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalm 104:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=104&verse=008>. 1999.