John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- The psalmist calls on all people to praise God, for his sovereign power over the whole creation, verse 1-7.
- For his special favour to his people, verse 8-12.
- Praises him for his goodness to himself in particular, verse 13-20.
- To the chief musician, A song or psalm.
All lands - Ye people of all nations. He invites the Gentile world, to the contemplation and celebration of God's works.
We - Our nation, or our ancestors, in whose loins we then were.
Proved us - As it were in a burning furnace; and with a design to purge out our dross.
Net - Which our enemies laid for us.
To ride - To use us like slaves.
I will go - One speaks in the name of all the rest. Incense - With the fat of rams, which is no less pleasing to God than incense.
Iniquity - Any sin. In heart - If my heart had been false to God, although I might have forborne outward acts. If I had been guilty of that, by heart was set upon sin, or I desired only that which I resolved in my heart to spend upon my lusts.