Psalms 92

PSALM 92

Psalms 92:1-15 . should be praised for His righteous judgments on the wicked and His care and defense of His people. Such a topic, at all times proper, is specially so for the reflections of the Sabbath day.

1. sing . . . name--celebrate Thy perfections.

2. in the morning, . . . every night--diligently and constantly ( Psalms 42:8 ).
loving kindness--literally, "mercy."
faithfulness--in fulfilling promises ( Psalms 89:14 ).

3. In such a work all proper aid must be used.
with a . . . sound--or, on Higgaion perhaps an instrument of that name, from its sound resembling the muttered sound of meditation, as expressed also by the word. This is joined with the harp.

4. thy work--that is of providence ( Psalms 90:16 Psalms 90:17 ).

5. great . . . works--correspond to deep or vast thoughts ( Psalms 40:5 , Romans 11:23 ).

6. A brutish man knoweth not--that is, God's works, so the Psalmist describes himself ( Psalms 73:22 ) when amazed by the prosperity of the wicked, now understood and explained.

8. This he does in part, by contrasting their ruin with God's exaltation and eternity.
most high--as occupying the highest place in heaven ( Psalms 7:7 , 18:16 ).

9, 10. A further contrast with the wicked, in the lot of the righteous, safety and triumph.

10. horn . . . exalt--is to increase power ( Psalms 75:5 ).
anointed . . . fresh--or, "new"
oil--( Psalms 23:5 ) a figure for refreshment (compare Luke 7:46 ). Such use of oil is still common in the East.

11. see . . . [and] . . . hear my desire--or, literally, "look on" my enemies and hear of the wicked (compare Psalms 27:11 , 54:7 )--that is, I shall be gratified by their fall.

12-14. The vigorous growth, longevity, utility, fragrance, and beauty of these noble trees, set forth the life, character, and destiny of the pious;

15. and they thus declare God's glory as their strong and righteous ruler.

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