Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
A call to lively and joyous praise to God for His glorious attributes
and works, as displayed in creation, and His general and special
providence, in view of which, the Psalmist, for all the pious,
professes trust and joy and invokes God's mercy.
1-3. The sentiment falls in with
(Ps 92:3; 144:9)
do not exclude the voice.
3. a new song--fresh, adapted to the occasion
(Ps 40:3; 96:1).
4-9. Reasons for praise: first, God's truth, faithfulness, and
mercy, generally; then, His creative power which all must honor.
6. In "word" and "breath"--or, "spirit," there may be an allusion to
and Holy Spirit.
9. he spake--literally, "said."
it was--The addition of "done" weakens the sense (compare
10, 11. In God's providence He thwarts men's purposes and executes
12-19. The inference from the foregoing in
is illustrated by God's special providence, underlying which is His
minute knowledge of all men.
15. fashioneth--or, "forms," and hence knows and controls
considereth--or, "understands"; God knows men's motives.
16, 17. Men's usual reliances in their greatest exigencies are, in
17. On the war horse (compare
a vain thing--a lie, which deceives us.
18, 19. Contrasted is God's guidance and power to save from the
greatest earthly evil and its most painful precursor, and hence from
20-22. waiteth--in earnest expectation.
21. his holy name--(Compare
Ps 5:12; 22:22; 30:4).
Our faith measures mercy
and if of grace, it is no more of debt