Verse 8. O bless our God, ye people. Ye chosen seed, peculiarly beloved, it is yours to bless your covenant God as other nations cannot. Ye should lead the strain, for he is peculiarly your God. First visited by his love, ye should be foremost in his praise.
And make the voice of his praise to be heard. Whoever else may sing with bated breath, do you be sure to give full tongue and volume to the song. Compel unwilling ears to hear the praises of your covenant God. Make rocks, and hills, and earth, and sea, and heaven itself to echo with your joyful shouts.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 8. (last clause). To get a hearing for the gospel -- difficult, necessary, and possible. Ways and means for so doing.
- Praise to.
- As God.
- As our God.
- Praise for. Preservation.
- Of natural life.
- Of spiritual life.
- Praise by, ye people.
- On your own account.
- On account of others. Or,
- Unitedly. G. R.