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    PSALM 87

    Ps 87:1-7. This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on Ps 46:1, title]. The writer celebrates the glory of the Church, as the means of spiritual blessing to the nation.

    1. His--that is, God's
    - foundation--or, what He has founded, that is, Zion (Isa 14:32).
    - is in the holy mountains--the location of Zion, in the wide sense, for the capital, or Jerusalem, being on several hills.

    2. gates--for the enclosures, or city to which they opened (Ps 9:14; 122:2; compare Ps 132:13, 14).

    3. spoken of thee--or, "in thee," that is, the city of God (Ps 46:4; 48:2).

    4. This is what is spoken by God.
    - to them . . . me--literally, "for My knowers," they are true worshippers (Ps 36:10; Isa 19:21). These are mentioned as specimens.
    - this--that is, nation
    - was born there--Of each it is said, "This was born," or is a native of Zion, spiritually.

    5. The writer resumes--
    - This and that man--literally, "man and man," or many (Ge 14:10; Ex 8:10, 14), or all (Isa 44:5; Ga 3:28).
    - the highest . . . her--God is her protector.

    6. The same idea is set forth under the figure of a register made by God (compare Isa 4:3).

    7. As in a great procession of those thus written up, or registered, seeking Zion (Isa 2:3; Jer 50:5), "the singers" and "players," or pipers, shall precede.
    - all my springs--So each shall say, "All my sources of spiritual joy are in Thee" (Ps 46:4; 84:6).

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