Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
Upon Alamoth--most probably denotes the treble, or part sung by
female voices, the word meaning "virgins"; and which was sung with some
appropriately keyed instrument (compare
title). The theme may be stated in LUTHER'S
well-known words, "A mighty fortress is our God." The great deliverance
may have occasioned its composition.
1. refuge--literally, "a place of trust"
present help--literally, "a help He has been found exceedingly."
2, 3. The most violent civil commotions are illustrated by the
greatest physical commotions.
3. swelling--well represents the pride and haughtiness of insolent
4. God's favor is denoted by a river (compare
city of God, the holy place--His earthly residence, Jerusalem and the
Ps 2:6; 3:4; 20:2; 48:2,
&c.). God's favor, like a river whose waters are conducted in channels,
is distributed to all parts of His Church.
most High--denoting His supremacy
5. right early--literally, "at the turn of morning," or change from
night to day, a critical time
earth melted--all powers dissolved by His mere word
7. with us--on our side; His presence is terror to our enemies,
safety to us.
Ps 24:6, 10).
8. what desolations--literally, "who hath put desolations," destroying
9. The usual weapons of war
as well as those using them, are brought to an end.
10. Be still, &c.--literally, "Leave off to oppose Me and vex My
people. I am over all for their safety." (Compare