Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
This is a song of praise for God's spiritual blessings to His people
and His kind providence over all the earth.
1. Praise waiteth for thee--literally, "To Thee silence praise," or
To Thee silence is praise--that is, Praise is waiting as a servant; it
is due to Thee. So the last clause expresses the duty of paying vows.
These two parts of acceptable worship, mentioned in
are rendered in Zion, where God chiefly displays His mercy and receives
2. All are encouraged to pray by God's readiness to hear.
3. God's mercy alone delivers us from the burden of iniquities, by
purging or expiating by an atonement the transgressions with which we
are charged, and which are denoted by--
Iniquities--or, literally, "Words of iniquities."
4. dwell in thy courts; . . . [and]
satisfied with the goodness . . . temple--denote communion
(Ps 15:1; 23:6;
This is a blessing for all God's people, as denoted by the change of
5. terrible things--that is, by the manifestation of justice and wrath
to enemies, accompanying that of mercy to His people
(Ps 63:9-11; 64:7-9).
the confidence--object of it.
of all . . . earth--the whole world; that is, deservedly such, whether
men think so or not.
6-13. God's great power and goodness are the grounds of this
confidence. These are illustrated in His control of the mightiest
agencies of nature and nations affecting men with awe and dread
(Ps 26:7; 98:1,
&c.), and in His fertilizing showers, causing the earth to produce
abundantly for man and beast.
8. outgoings of . . . rejoice--all
people from east to west.
9. visitest--in mercy (compare
river of God--His exhaustless resources.
11. thy paths--ways of providence
(Ps 25:4, 10).
12. wilderness--places, though not inhabited by men, fit for pasture
(Le 16:21, 22;
pastures--is literally, "folds," or "enclosures for flocks"; and in
it may be "lambs," the same word used and so translated in
so that "the flocks are clothed with lambs" (a figure for abundant
increase) would be the form of expression.