Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
Praise is given to God for victory, perhaps that recorded
and His dominions over all people, Jews and Gentiles, is asserted.
1. clap . . . hands . . . people--literally, "peoples," or "nations"
Ps 18:49; 98:9).
2, 3. His universal sovereignty now exists, and will be made known.
3. under us--that is, His saints; Israel's temporal victories were
types of the spiritual conquests of the true Church.
4. He shall . . . inheritance--the heathen to be possessed by His
as Canaan by the Jews.
excellency of Jacob--literally, "pride," or, that in which he glories
(not necessarily, though often, in a bad sense), the privileges of the
whom he loved--His love being the sole cause of granting them.
5-7. God, victorious over His enemies, reascends to heaven, amid
the triumphant praises of His people, who celebrate His sovereign
dominion. This sovereignty is what the Psalm teaches; hence he adds,
sing . . . praises with understanding--literally, "sing and play an
instructive (Psalm)." The whole typifies Christ's ascension
8, 9. The instruction continued.
throne of . . . holiness--or, "holy throne"
9. princes--who represent peoples. For--
even--supply, "as," or, "to"--that is, they all become united under
covenant with Abraham's God.