An exhortation to bless the Lord.
- We must stir up ourselves to give glory to God, and encourage ourselves to hope for mercy and grace from him. It is an excellent plan to fill up all our spare minutes with pious meditations, and prayers and praises. No time would then be a burden, nor should we murder our hours by trifling conversation and vain amusements, or by carnal indulgences. We need desire no more to make us happy, than to be blessed of the Lord. We ought to beg spiritual blessings, not only for ourselves, but for others; not only, The Lord bless me, but, The Lord bless thee; thus testifying our belief that there is enough for others as well as for us, and showing our good will to others.
\\<>\\. This is the last of the psalms called "songs of degrees"; of which \\see Gill on "Ps 120:1"\\, title. It is thought to be written by David, either when he brought the ark to Zion, 2Sa 6:17,18; or rather when he numbered the Levites, and appointed them their service, 1Ch 23:26,30. So the Syriac inscription, ``"a psalm" of David, concerning the priests, whom he appointed to wait on the ministry of the Lord in the nights; but, spiritually, an instruction of life.'' Aben Ezra connects it with the preceding psalm, ``as the dew of Hermon ye shall be that bless; behold, therefore, ye are bound to bless the Lord?''