The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 47:4
He shall choose our inheritance for us…
Either a portion
in this life; God knows what is best for his people, and therefore they
should leave it with him, who can make a better choice for them than
for themselves: an Heathen F3 once gave this advice,
``give thyself wholly to the will and disposal of the celestial
ones; for they who are used to give good things easily can
also choose the fittest.''
Or the heavenly inheritance, so called in allusion to the land of
Canaan, subdued and possessed by the Israelites, in which Christ is
greatly concerned; his people are predestinated to the adoption of
children, that is, to the inheritance they are adopted to by him, in
whom they obtain it; through his death they receive the promise of
eternal inheritance, he being the testator of that will of their
heavenly Father which bequeaths it to them; it is his righteousness
which gives them a title to it, and through his grace they have a
meetness for it, and he will at last introduce them into it; all which
is a reason for joy and gladness in them. The Arabic version renders
it, "he hath chosen us an inheritance for himself"; so the Lord's
people are, (Deuteronomy 32:9) . Christ asked them of his father, and he gave them
for his inheritance, he having chosen them as such, and greatly
delighted he is with them, (Psalms 2:8) (16:6) ;
the excellency of Jacob whom he loved.
The saints, who are, in his
esteem, the excellent in the earth, and who will be in the latter day
an eternal excellency, (Psalms 16:3) (Isaiah 60:15) ; even the whole church,
consisting of Jews and Gentiles, the spiritual Jacob or Israel of God,
whom Christ has loved with an everlasting love, and therefore has
chosen them for his portion and peculiar treasure; as Jacob in person
was loved when Esau was hated.
Selah; on this word, (See Gill on 3:2).
F3 Socrates apud Valer. Maxim. l. 7. c. 2. extern. 1.