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Psalms 92:1-4

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.

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Psalms 92:1-4 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 92

\\<>\\. 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.

Psalms 92:1-4 In-Context

1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
3 to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
4 For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5 How great are your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep!
6 The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this:
7 that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever;
8 but you, O LORD, are on high forever.

Cross References 11

  • 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
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