Psalms 92

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1 1It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, 2O Most High;
2 to declare your 3steadfast love in 4the morning, and your 5faithfulness by 6night,
3 to the music of 7the lute and 8the harp, to the melody of 9the lyre.
4 For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your 10work; at 11the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5 How 12great are your works, O LORD! Your 13thoughts are very 14deep!
6 The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this:
7 that though 15the wicked sprout like grass and all 16evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever;
8 but you, O LORD, are 17on high forever.
9 For behold, your enemies, O LORD, for behold, your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be 18scattered.
10 But you have exalted my 19horn like that of 20the wild ox; you have 21poured over me[a] fresh oil.
11 My 22eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
12 23The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in 24the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,
15 25to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my 26rock, and there is 27no unrighteousness in him.

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Psalms 92 Commentary

Chapter 92

Praise is the business of the sabbath. (1-6) The wicked shall perish, but God's people shall be exalted. (7-15)

Verses 1-6 It is a privilege that we are admitted to praise the Lord, and hope to be accepted in the morning, and every night; not only on sabbath days, but every day; not only in public, but in private, and in our families. Let us give thanks every morning for the mercies of the night, and every night for the mercies of the day; going out, and coming in, let us bless God. As He makes us glad, through the works of his providence for us, and of his grace in us, and both through the great work of redemption, let us hence be encouraged. As there are many who know not the designs of Providence, nor care to know them, those who through grace do so, have the more reason to be thankful. And if distant views of the great Deliverer so animated believers of old, how should we abound in love and praise!

Verses 7-15 God sometimes grants prosperity to wicked men in displeasure; yet they flourish but for a moment. Let us seek for ourselves the salvation and grace of the gospel, that being daily anointed by the Holy Spirit, we may behold and share the Redeemer's glory. It is from his grace, by his word and Spirit, that believers receive all the virtue that keeps them alive, and makes them fruitful. Other trees, when old, leave off bearing, but in God's trees the strength of grace does not fail with the strength of nature. The last days of the saints are sometimes their best days, and their last work their best work: perseverance is sure evidence of sincerity. And may every sabbath, while it shows forth the Divine faithfulness, find our souls resting more and more upon the Lord our righteousness.

Cross References 27

  • 1. Psalms 147:1; [Psalms 71:22]
  • 2. [Genesis 14:19, 20]
  • 3. See Psalms 36:5
  • 4. [Psalms 119:147, 148]
  • 5. See Psalms 36:5
  • 6. [Psalms 119:147, 148]
  • 7. See Psalms 33:2
  • 8. See Psalms 33:2
  • 9. See Psalms 33:2
  • 10. See Psalms 90:16
  • 11. Psalms 8:6
  • 12. Psalms 111:2; Revelation 15:3
  • 13. Psalms 40:5; Psalms 139:17
  • 14. [Romans 11:33]; See Psalms 36:6
  • 15. See Job 21:7
  • 16. Psalms 94:4; Psalms 125:5
  • 17. Psalms 93:4
  • 18. See Psalms 68:1
  • 19. See Psalms 75:10; 1 Samuel 2:1
  • 20. Numbers 23:22
  • 21. See Psalms 23:5
  • 22. See Psalms 37:34; Psalms 54:7
  • 23. Psalms 1:3; Psalms 52:8; Psalms 72:7; Proverbs 11:28; [Numbers 24:6; Isaiah 61:3]; See Hosea 14:5-8
  • 24. Psalms 100:4; Psalms 116:19; Psalms 135:2
  • 25. [Psalms 58:11]
  • 26. See Psalms 18:2
  • 27. See Job 34:10

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Compare Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

Chapter Summary


\\<>\\. Many of the Jewish writers {a} think that this psalm was written by the first man Adam, and so the Targum, ``a hymn or song which the first man said for the sabbath day.'' But had it been a composure of his, one would think it should have been placed at the head of this collection of psalms, and before that of Moses, Psalm 90, besides there were no musical instruments then for this psalm to be sung on, as in Ps 92:3, for they say it was made by him quickly after his creation, and his ejection from paradise; for Jubal was the father of them that handle the harp and organ; nor were there any number of enemies and wicked men to rise up against him, as in Ps 92:7,9,11. Nor was it written by Moses, as others have thought; but rather by David, to whom the Arabic version ascribes it; the musical instruments, the number of enemies, and the mention of the house and courts of the Lord, best agree with his times. It was made for the sabbath day, and to be used upon it; and directs to the work and worship of it; praising of God and celebrating his works, attending his house and ordinances; even for the seventh day sabbath, which God instituted and appointed the Jews to observe; and which in David's time was religiously kept; though some understand this of the time of rest which David had from his enemies round about him, and apply it to all such times of rest from tyranny and persecution, which the church of God in any period enjoys; and which is a proper season for praise and thanksgiving. Some Jewish writers refer it to the world to come, which will be all sabbath, even to the days of the Messiah, as Jarchi and others; so Theodorot; see Heb 4:9.

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