Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
title). In impending danger, the Psalmist, anticipating relief in view
of God's righteous government, takes courage and renders praise.
1. God's name or perfections are set forth by His wondrous works.
2, 3. These verses express the purpose of God to administer a just
government, and in a time of anarchy that He sustains the nation. Some
apply the words to the Psalmist.
receive the congregation--literally, "take a set time"
or an assembly at a set time--that is, for judging.
3. pillars of it--
4-8. Here the writer speaks in view of God's declaration, warning
Lift . . . up the horn--to exalt power, here, of the wicked
himself--that is, to be arrogant or self-elated.
5. speak . . . neck--insolently.
6. promotion--literally, "a lifting up." God is the only right judge
8. in the hand . . . a cup . . . red--God's wrath often thus
but the dregs--literally, "surely the dregs, they shall drain it."
9, 10. Contrasted is the lot of the pious who will praise God, and,
acting under His direction, will destroy the power of the wicked, and
exalt that of the righteous.