Psalms 69:34

34 Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them,

Psalms 69:34 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 69:34

Let the heaven and earth praise him
As those, by a prosopopoeia, are often called upon to do, to express the greatness of the favour enjoyed, and to excite those that are possessed of it to greater joy and thankfulness; see ( Psalms 96:11-13 ) ( Isaiah 44:23 ) ( 49:13 ) ; or the inhabitants of the heavens and earth may be meant, as the angels of heaven; and so the Targum interprets it; who, as they praised the Lord at the incarnation of Christ, ( Luke 2:14 ) ; so doubtless they did at his ascension, when he was seen and accompanied by them, ( 1 Timothy 3:16 ) ( Psalms 68:17 Psalms 68:18 ) ( Acts 1:11 ) ; and also the spirits of just men made perfect in heaven, who were there when Christ was received into it; and the inhabitants of the earth, as the Targum also paraphrases it; of the continent, particularly the Roman empire, when the Gospel was sent thither, which brought the good news of an incarnate, suffering, risen, ascended, and exalted Saviour;

the seas, and everything that moveth therein;
the inhabitants of the isles in the seas, such as ours of Great Britain and Ireland, who waited for the doctrine of the Messiah, and to whom he calls to listen to what he says; and which is a sufficient reason for praise and thanksgiving in them; even in as many as have spiritual life and motion, who are quickened, influenced, and moved by the Spirit of God; see ( Isaiah 42:4 ) ( 49:1 ) .

Psalms 69:34 In-Context

32 The humble will see it and rejoice. You who seek God, take heart!
33 For the Lord listens to the needy and does not despise His own who are prisoners.
34 Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them,
35 for God will save Zion and build up the cities of Judah. They will live there and possess it.
36 The descendants of His servants will inherit it, and those who love His name will live in it.