The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 104:2
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment…
Referring, as Aben Ezra and Kimchi think, to the light, which was first
created; and indeed this was commanded out of darkness by God the Word,
or by the essential Word of God. Light is expressive of the nature of
God himself, who is light, and in him is no darkness at all, and who
dwells in light F8 inaccessible, and so may be said to be clothed with
it; which is applicable to Christ as a divine Person, (1 John 1:5) (1 Timothy 6:16) .
and to whom this term "light" well agrees; Light being one of the names
of the Messiah in the Old Testament, (Psalms 43:3) (Daniel 2:22) , and is often
given him in the New Testament, as the author of the light of nature,
grace, and glory, (John 1:9) (8:12) (Revelation 21:23) . He is now possessed of the
light and glory of the heavenly state, of which his transfiguration on
the mount was an emblem, when his face shone like the sun, and his
raiment was as the light, (Matthew 17:2) .
Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain;
alluding to the
firmament or expanse, which, being spread out like a curtain, divided
between the waters and the waters, (Genesis 1:6,7) . Heaven is represented as
a tent stretched out, with curtains drawn around it, to hide the
dazzling and unapproachable light in which the Lord dwells, (Isaiah 40:22)
and it is as a curtain or canopy stretched out and encompassing this
earth; the stretching of it out belongs to God alone, and is a proof of
the deity of Christ, to whom it is here and elsewhere ascribed,
(Job 9:8) (Zechariah 12:1) (Isaiah 44:24) . Here Christ dwells invisible to us at
present; he is received up into heaven, retained there, and from thence
will descend at the last day; and in the mean while is within the curtains
of heaven, unseen by us.
F8 "Pura in luce refulsit alma parens", Virgil. Aeneid. 2. "Et paulo
post, pallas insedit, nimbo effulgens".