Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
This Psalm sustains a close connection with the foregoing. The chosen
people are exhorted to praise God, in view of past favors, and also
future victories over enemies, of which they are impliedly assured.
2. God had signalized His relation as a sovereign, in restoring them
to their land.
3. in the dance--
The dance is connected with other terms, expressive of the great joy of
the occasion. The word may be rendered "lute," to which the other
instruments are joined.
sing praises--or, sing and play.
4. taketh pleasure--literally, "accepts," alluding to acceptance of
propitiatory offerings (compare
beautify, &c.--adorn the humble with faith, hope, joy, and peace.
5. in glory--the honorable condition to which they are raised.
upon their beds--once a place of mourning
6. high praises--or, "deeds." They shall go forth as religious
warriors, as once religious laborers
7. The destruction of the incorrigibly wicked attends the propagation
of God's truth, so that the military successes of the Jews, after the
captivity, typified the triumphs of the Gospel.
9. the judgment written--either in God's decrees, or perhaps as in
this honour--that is, to be thus employed, will be an honorable
service, to be assigned
his saints--or, godly ones