Psalms 108

PSALM CVIII

The psalmist encourages himself to praise the Lord for mercies

he had received, 1-5.

He prays for the Divine succour, 6;

and encourages the people to expect their restoration, and the

enjoyment of all their former privileges and possessions, 7-13.

NOTES ON PSALM CVIII

This Psalm is compounded of two Psalms which we have had already

under review. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th verses, are the same

with the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th verses of Psalm lvii.

Ps 57:7-11 And the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and

13th, are the same with the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th,

and 12th of Psalm lx. Ps 60:5-12 The

variations are few, and of little moment, and the explanation

may be seen in the notes on the preceding Psalms, which need not

be repeated here. That the Psalms referred to were made by David,

and were applicable to the then state of his affairs, has been the

opinion of many; and it is probable that the captives in Babylon

composed this out of two above, and applied it to the state of

their affairs. Their captivity being now ended, or nearly at an

end they look and pray for their restoration to their own land, as

amply as it was possessed in the most prosperous days of David.

The Syriac considers it as a prophecy of the vocation of the

Gentiles. The Hebrew and all the Versions attribute it to David.

Verse 1. Even with my glory.] My greatest glory shall be in

publishing thy praise. Some make the glory here to mean the LORD

himself; some, the ARK of the covenant; some, the SOUL of the

psalmist; others, his TONGUE; some, the GIFT OF PROPHECY; and

some, the psalmist's SPIRIT or VEIN of poetry.

See Clarke on Ps 57:8.

Verse 3. Among the people] The Jews.

Among the nations.] The Gentiles. Wherever this Psalm is sung or

read, either among Jews or Gentiles, David may be said to sing

praise to God.

Verse 7. God hath spoken in his holiness] bekodsho; some

think this means in his Holy One, referring to the Prophet

Jeremiah, who predicted the captivity, its duration of seventy

years, and the deliverance from it.

Verse 10. The strong city] The possession of the metropolis is a

sure proof of the subjugation of the country.

Verse 13. Through God we shall do valiantly] From him we derive

our courage, from him our strength, and by him our success.

[For the ANALYSIS, see the Psalms from which our is composed.]

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