Psalms 87:7

7 Singers and dancers give credit to Zion: "All my springs are in you!"

Psalms 87:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 87:7

As well the singers as the players on the instruments shall be
In Zion, in the church; signifying that there should be great spiritual joy there when the above things should be accomplished; great joy in the churches, because of the conversion of Jews and Gentiles; and great joy in the persons themselves, born again, and brought to Zion; in allusion to the vocal and instrumental music used in the temple service; see ( Isaiah 35:10 ) ( Revelation 14:1-7 ) ( 19:6-8 )

all my springs are in thee;
which are either the words of the psalmist, or rather of the souls born in Zion; who, in their spiritual songs, will thus express themselves concerning the church, in which are the word and ordinances, compared to fountains of living water, and are springs of spiritual peace and refreshment to converted persons; see ( Joel 3:18 ) ( Zechariah 14:8 ) ( Isaiah 55:1 ) , where also the Spirit and his graces are communicated by the ministry of the word and ordinances in the church, which are signified by wells and rivers of living water, ( John 4:14 ) ( John 7:37 John 7:38 ) and particularly here stands Christ, the fountain of gardens, and well of living waters, for the supply and comfort of saints, and his blood a fountain opened for cleansing and purification, ( Song of Solomon 4:15 ) ( Zechariah 13:1 ) , yea, here flows the river of God's love, the streams whereof make glad the city of God; and which, like the waters in Ezekiel's vision, come from under the threshold of the sanctuary, ( Psalms 46:4 ) ( Ezekiel 47:1-5 ) or the words may be considered as an address of the psalmist, or of the church, or of regenerate persons, unto Christ:

all my springs or fountains are in thee;
the fulness of grace dwells in him, the springs of all joy, and peace, and comfort, are with him; the wells of salvation are in him, and both grace and glory are from him; he is the spring of all grace now, and the fountain of all happiness hereafter. Gussetius F26 has a very peculiar version of the whole text, which he renders thus

``all my fountains will be singing in thee, or of thee, as those that dance at the sound of the pipe:''

taking the allusion to be to the playing of fountains in gardens, and to the delightful sound the waters make; but the accents will not admit of such a sense.


F26 Comment. Ebr. p. 845.

Psalms 87:7 In-Context

5 The word's getting out on Zion: "Men and women, right and left, get born again in her!"
6 God registers their names in his book: "This one, this one, and this one - born again, right here."
7 Singers and dancers give credit to Zion: "All my springs are in you!"
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