PS 147 The psalmist praises God for his care over the church, ver. 1-14. His government over all, ver. 15-18. His giving his word to Israel, ver. 19, 20.
Verse 4. Calleth them - He exactly knows them as we do those whom we can call by name.
Verse 9. Ravens - Which he mentions because they were most contemptible, especially to the Jews, to whom they were unclean: and because they are not only neglected by men, but also forsaken by their dams as soon as ever they can fly, and so are wholly left to the care of Divine providence.
Verse 10. Delighteth not - As if he needed either the one or the other for the accomplishment of his designs.
Verse 13. Thy gates - Thy strength consists not in thy walls, and gates, and bars, but in his protection.
Verse 14. Borders - In all thy land, even to its utmost borders.
Verse 15. Commandment - Which is sufficient without any instruments to execute whatsoever pleaseth him. Swiftly - The thing is done without delay.
Verse 16. Like wool - Not only in colour and shape, and softness, but also in use, keeping the fruits of the earth warm. Ashes - In colour and smallness of parts, as also in its burning quality.
Verse 17. Ice - Great hail-stones, which are of an icy nature, and are cast forth out of the clouds, like morsels or fragments.