Verse 7. So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about. Thy saints shall crowd to thy tribunal with their complaints, or shall surround it with their solemn homage: for their sakes therefore return thou on high. As when a judge travels at the assizes, all men take their cases to his court that they may be heard, so will the righteous gather to their Lord. Here he fortifies himself in prayer by pleading that if the Lord will mount the throne of judgment, multitudes of the saints would be blessed as well as himself. If I be too base to be remembered, yet, for their sakes, for the love thou bearest to thy chosen people, come forth from thy secret pavilion, and sit in the gate dispensing justice among the people. When my suit includes the desires of all the righteous it shall surely speed, for, "shall not God avenge his own elect?"
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 7. The congregation of the people: either,
- A great number of all sorts of people, who shall observe thy justice, and holiness, and goodness in pleading my righteous cause against my cruel and implacable oppressor. Or rather,
- The whole body of thy people Israel, by whom both these Hebrew words are commonly ascribed in Holy Scripture.
Compass thee about; they will, and I, as their king and ruler in thy stead, will take care that they shall come from all parts and meet together to worship thee, which in Saul's time they have grossly neglected, and been permitted to neglect, and to offer to thee praises and sacrifices for thy favour to me, and for the manifold benefits which they shall enjoy by my means, and under my government.
For their sakes; or, for its sake, i.e., for the sake of thy congregation, which now is woefully dissipated and oppressed, and has in a great measure lost all administration of justice, and exercise of religion.
Return thou on high, or, return to thy high place,i.e. to thy tribunal, to sit there and judge my cause. An allusion to earthly tribunals, which generally are set up on high above the people. 1 Kings 10:19 . Matthew Poole, 1624-1679.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 7. The congregation of the people.
- Who they are.
- Why they congregate together with one another.
- Where they congregate.
- Why they choose such a person to be the centre of their congregation.
Verse 7. The gathering of the saints around the Lord Jesus.
Verse 7. (last clause). The coming of Christ to judgment for the good of his saints.