Verse 2. The LORD hath made known his salvation, -- by the coming of Jesus and by the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, by whose power the gospel was preached among the Gentiles. The Lord is to be praised not only for effecting human salvation, but also for making it known, for man would never have discovered it for himself; nay, not so much as one single soul would ever have found out for himself the way of mercy through a Mediator; in every case it is a divine revelation to the mind and heart. In God's own light his light is seen. He must reveal his Son in us, or we shall be unable to discern him.
His righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. This word "righteousness" is the favourite word of the apostle of the Gentiles; he loves to dwell on the Lord's method of making man righteous, and vindicating divine justice by the atoning blood. What songs ought we to render who belong to a once heathen race, for that blessed gospel which is the power of God unto salvation, "for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith." This is no close secret; it is clearly taught in Scripture, and has been plainly preached among the nations. What was hidden in the types is "openly shewed" in the gospel.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 2. The LORD hath made known his salvation. By the appearance of his Son in the flesh, and the wonders which he did. His righteousness hath he openly shewed, etc., in the gospel, to all men; that righteousness which is called the "righteousness of God," and which is enjoyed by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference. Romans 3:22 . B. Boothroyd.
Verse 2. The LORD hath made known, etc. The word cydx denotes not only a publication and promulgation, but also a clear and certain demonstration which produces conviction and causes the matter to be laid up in the mind and memory and preserved: for the proper signification of the root ydy is to lay up what is to be preserved. The word hlg is added, which properly means to uncover, to be uncovered, hence he revealed or uncovered, that it might be both naked and clear, for the purpose of more fully illustrating the character of the manifestation of the Gospel, opposed to what is obscure, involved in shadows and types, and veiled in legal ceremonies. Of which the apostle treats expressly in 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 . Lastly, when it is added, that in the sight of the nations this uncovering is done, it signifies that this salvation pertains to them also, that it comes to them without distinction, since the Gospel is nakedly and clearly announced. From which it also clearly appears, that the matter reason of the new song are found in such a singular event, since God who formerly permitted the nations to walk in their own ways, now under Messiah calls all without distraction to salvation through faith and newness of life. Venema.
Verse 2. Made known: He says not, He shewed, but He made known. Adam knew him, and predicted concerning him, "A man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh." Abel knew him, who offered the lamb; Seth knew him, and called upon him; Noah knew him, and saved all the race in the ark; Abraham knew him, and offered up his son to him. But because the world had forgotten him and worshipped idols, the Lord made his Jesus known, when he sent the Word in flesh to the Jews, and revealed his righteousness to the nations, when he justified them through faith. Wherefore did he reveal him to the nations? Because of his mercy. Wherefore old he make him known to the Jews? Because of his truth, that is, his promise. Honorius, the Continuator of Gerhohus.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 2. The Lord hath made known his salvation.
- The contents of which it is composed.
- The reasons for which it has been provided.
- The price at which it has been procured.
- The terms on which it shall be imparted.
- The way in which it must be propagated.
- The manner in which its neglect will be punished. W. J.
Verse 2. (first clause).
- What is salvation?
- Why it is called the Lord's: "Salvation is of the Lord."
- How he has made it known.
- For what purpose.
- With what results. E.G. Gange.
Verse 2. The great privilege of knowing the gospel.
- In what it consists.
- Revelation by the Bible.
- Declaration by the minister.
- Illumination by the Spirit.
- Illustration in daily providence.
- To what it has led.
- We have believed it.
- We have so far understood it as to growingly rejoice in it.
- We are able to tell it to others.
- We abhor those who mystify it.
Verse 2. Salvation's glory.
- It is divine -- "his salvation."
- It is consistent with justice -- "his righteousness."
- It is plain and simple -- "openly showed."
- It is meant for all sorts of men -- "heathen."