This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the
forty-sixth [see on
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
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;
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
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
Ex 8:10, 14),
the highest . . . her--God is her protector.
6. The same idea is set forth under the figure of a register made by
7. As in a great procession of those thus written up, or
registered, seeking Zion
"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).