Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
The Psalmist prays that God would vindicate His glory, which is
contrasted with the vanity of idols, while the folly of their
worshippers is contrasted with the trust of God's people, who are
encouraged to its exercise and to unite in the praise which it
1-3. The vindication of God's mercy and faithfulness
(Ps 25:10; 36:6)
is the "glory" of His "name," which is desired to be illustrated in the
deliverance of His people, as the implied mode of its manifestation. In
view of the taunts of the heathen, faith in His dominion as enthroned
in the heaven
(Ps 2:4; 11:4)
2. Where is now, &c.--"now" is "not a particle of time, but of
entreaty," as in our forms of speech, "Come now," "See now," &c.
Isa 40:18-20; 44:9-20).
7. speak . . . throat--literally, "mutter," not even utter articulate
8. every one that trusteth--they who trust, whether makers or not.
9-13. The repetitions imply earnestness.
14. Opposed to the decrease pending and during the captivity.
15-17. They were not only God's peculiar people, but as living
inhabitants of earth, assigned the work of His praise as monuments of
divine power, wisdom, and goodness.
18. Hence let us fulfil the purpose of our creation, and evermore
show forth His praise.