Psalms 48

The Book of Psalms
Chapter 48

Chapter Overview:

The glory and excellency of the church, ver. 1 - 3.
Which God preserves from her enemies, ver. 4 - 8.
God is praised for this, ver. 9, 10.
Who effectually provides for its safety, ver. 11 - 14
A song and psalm for the sons of Korah.
48:1The city - In Jerusalem. Mountain - In his holy mountain.
48:2The joy - This is spoken prophetically, because the joyful doctrine of the gospel was to go from thence to all nations.The city - Of God, who justly calls himself a great king.
48:3Known - By long experience. Palaces - Possibly he may point at the king's palace and the temple, which was the palace of the king of heaven; which two palaces God did in a singular manner protect, and by protecting them, protected the whole city and people.
48:4The kings - Either those kings confederate against Jehoshaphat, 2 Chronicles 20:1 ,or the Assyrian princes; whom they vain - gloriously called kings, Isaiah 10:8 .Passed - In their march towards Jerusalem.
48:5Saw it - They did only look upon it, but not come into it, nor shoot an arrow there - nor cast a bank against it, 19:32 .Marvelled - At the wonderful works wrought by God.
48:6Fear - At the tidings of Tirhakah's coming against them, 19:9 , and at that terrible slaughter of their army, ver. 35.
48:7Breakest - Thou didst no less violently and suddenly destroy these raging enemies of Jerusalem, than sometimes thou destroyest the ships at sea with a fierce and vehement wind, such as the eastern winds were in those parts.
48:8Heard - The predictions of the prophets have been verified by the events. Establish - God will defend her in all succeeding ages. And so God would have done, if Jerusalem had not forsaken him, and forfeited his protection.
48:9Thought - It hath been the matter of our serious and deep meditation, when we have been worshipping in thy temple.
48:10So - Thou art acknowledged to be such an one as thou hast affirmed thyself to be in thy Word, God Almighty, or All - sufficient, the Lord of hosts, and a strong tower to all that trust in thee.Righteousness - Of righteous actions; by which thou discoverest thy holiness.
48:11Judgments - Upon thine and their enemies.
48:12Tell - He bids them mark well her towers, bulwarks, and palaces, with thankfulness to God, when they should find upon enquiry, that not one of them were demolished.
48:13Tell it - That they may continue their praises to God for this mercy, by which they hold and enjoy all their blessings.