1 «To the chief Musician, A Psalm [or] Song of David.» Let GodThe prophet shows that even though God permits the wicked tyrants to oppress his Church for a time, yet eventually he will take revenge on them.arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
2 As the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou driue them away: and as waxe melteth before the fire, so shall the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 He shows that when God declares his power against the wicked, it is for the convenience and salvation of his Church, who praise him for it.But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his nameJah and Jehovah are the names of God, signifying his incomprehensible essence and majesty, so that by this it is declared that all idols are vanity and that the God of Israel is the only true God.JAH, and rejoice before him.
5 He is a Father of the fatherlesse, & a Iudge of the widowes, euen God in his holy habitation.
6 GodHe gives children to those who are childless, and increases their families.setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in aWhich is devoid of God's blessings, which before they had abused.dry [land].
7 He teaches that God's favour belongs specifically to his Church as appears by their wonderful deliverance out of Egypt.O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:
8 The earth shooke, and the heauens dropped at the presence of this God: euen Sinai was moued at the presence of God, euen the God of Israel.
9 Thou, O God, sendest a gracious raine vpon thine inheritance, and thou didest refresh it when it was wearie.
10 Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thyGod blessed the land of Canaan, because he had chosen that place for his Church.goodness for the poor.
11 The Lord gave the word: great [was] the company ofThe fashion then was that women sang songs after the victory, as did Miriam, Deborah, Judith and others.those that published [it].
12 Kings of armies did flee apace: andThe prayer was so great, that not only the soldiers, but the women also had part of it.she that tarried at home divided the spoil.
13 Though ye have lien among theThough God permits his Church for a time to lie in black darkness, yet he will restore it, and make it most shining and white.pots, [yet shall ye be as] the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.
14 When the Almighty scattered kingsIn the land of Canaan, where his Church was.in it, it was [white] as snow in Salmon.
15 Zion the Church of God exceeds all worldly things, not in pomp and outward show, but by the inward grace of God, which remains because of his dwelling there.The hill of God [is as] the hill of Bashan; an high hill [as] the hill of Bashan.
16 Why do you boast of your strength and beauty against this Mountain of God.Why leap ye, ye high hills? [this is] the hill [which] God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell [in it] for ever.
17 The charets of God are twentie thousande thousand Angels, and the Lord is among them, as in the Sanctuarie of Sinai.
18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hastAs God overcame the enemy of his Church, took them prisoners, and made them tributaries: so Christ, which is God manifested in the flesh, subdued Satan and sin under us, and gave to his Church most liberal gifts of his Spirit, (Eph_4:8).led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, [for] the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell [among them].
19 Praysed be the Lorde, euen the God of our saluation, which ladeth vs dayly with benefites. Selah.
20 [He that is] our God [is] the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord [belong] theEven in most extreme dangers, God has infinite ways to deliver his.issues from death.
21 Surely God will wound the head of his enemies, and the hearie pate of him that walketh in his sinnes.
22 The Lord said, I will bring again fromAs he delivered his Church once from Og of Bashan and other tyrants and from the danger of the Red Sea, so will he still do as often as it is necessary.Bashan, I will bring [my people] again from the depths of the sea:
23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of [thine] enemies, [and] the tongue of thy dogsThat is, in the blood of that great slaughter, where dogs will lap blood.in the same.
24 They have seenThat is, how you who are chief King goes out with your people to war, and gives them the victory.thy goings, O God; [even] the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.
25 TheHe describes the order of the people, when they went to the temple to give thanks for the victory.singers went before, the players on instruments [followed] after; among [them were] the damsels playing with timbrels.
26 Bless ye God in the congregations, [even] the Lord, from the fountainWho come of the patriarch Jacob.of Israel.
27 There [is]Benjamin is called little, because he was the youngest son of Jacob.little Benjamin [with] theirWho was some chief ruler of the tribe.ruler, the princes of Judah [and] their council, the princes of Zebulun, [and] the princes of Naphtali.
28 Thy God hath appointed thy strength: stablish, O God, that, which thou hast wrought in vs,
29 Declare out of your holy palace your power for the defence of your Church Jerusalem.Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.
30 Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, [till every one]He desires that the pride of the mighty may be destroyed, who were accustomed to garnishing their shoes with silver, and therefore for their glittering pomp thought themselves above all men.submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people [that] delight in war.
31 Princes shall come outHe prophecies that the Gentiles will come to the true knowledge and worship of God.of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
32 Sing vnto God, O yee kingdomes of the earth: sing praise vnto the Lord, (Selah)
33 To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, [which were] of old; lo, he doth send out hisBy his terrible thunders he will make himself be known as the God of all the world.voice, [and that] a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe the power to God: for his maiestie is vpon Israel, and his strength is in the cloudes.
35 O God, [thou art]In showing fearful judgments against your enemies for the salvation of your people.terrible out of thy holyHe alludes to the tabernacle which was divided in three parts.places: the God of Israel [is] he that giveth strength and power unto [his] people. Blessed [be] God.