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Jamieson, Fausset & Brown :: Commentary on Psalm 147

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The Book of Psalms

Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET

PSALM 147

Psa 147:1-20. This and the remaining Psalms have been represented as specially designed to celebrate the rebuilding of Jerusalem (compare Neh 6:16 12:27 ). They all open and close with the stirring call for praise. This one specially declares God's providential care towards all creatures, and particularly His people.

      1. (Compare Psa 92:1 135:3 ).

      2. (Compare Psa 107:3 Isa 11:12 ).

      3. Though applicable to the captive Israelites, this is a general and precious truth.
      wounds--(Compare Margin).

      4, 5. God's power in nature ( Isa 40:26-28 ), and often) is presented as a pledge of His power to help His people.
      telleth. . . stars--what no man can do ( Gen 15:5 ).

      6. That power is put forth for the good of the meek and suffering pious, and confusion of the wicked ( Psa 146:8, 9 ).

      7-9. His providence supplies bountifully the wild animals in their mountain homes.
      Sing. . . Lord--literally, "Answer the Lord," that is, in grateful praise to His goodness, thus declared in His acts.

      10, 11. The advantages afforded, as in war by the strength of the horse or the agility of man, do not incline God to favor any; but those who fear and, of course, trust Him, will obtain His approbation and aid.

      13. strengthened. . . gates--or, means of defense against invaders,

      14. maketh. . . borders--or, territories ( Gen 23:17 Isa 54:12 ).
      filleth thee, &c.--(Compare Margin).

      15-18. God's Word, as a swift messenger, executes His purpose, for with Him to command is to perform ( Gen 1:3 Psa 33:9 ), and He brings about the wonders of providence as easily as men cast crumbs.

      17. morsels--used as to food ( Gen 18:5 ), perhaps here denotes hail.

      19, 20. This mighty ruler and benefactor of heaven and earth is such especially to His chosen people, to whom alone ( Deu 4:32-34 ) He has made known His will, while others have been left in darkness. Therefore unite in the great hallelujah.

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