The adjective “his” has been supposed by some to refer to the psalm itself, and this expression has been considered to be a part of the title to the psalm, meaning that the foundation of the psalm is the holy mountain where the praises of God were celebrated; that is Zion. Psalm 87 – Citizens of Zion. His election made the mountains holy, they were by his determination ordained and set apart for the Lord's use. "In the holy mountains" (Psalms 87:1). 87:1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. But from every other side, the ascent is perpetual; and, to the traveller approaching Jerusalem from the west or east, it must always have presented the appearance, beyond any other capital of the then known world -- we may add, beyond any important city that has ever existed on the earth -- of a mountain city; breathing, as compared with the sultry plains of the Jordan or of the coast, a mountain air; enthroned, as compared with Jericho or Damascus, Gaza or Tyre, on a mountain fastness. God is not there because the mountains are holy, but they are holy because God is there. Here are Philistia and Tyre, along with Ethiopia. God promised that even among the rivals there would be those who know Me– those who have true relationship with Him. Psalm 87:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 87:1, NIV: "Of the Sons of Korah. The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob - That is, he preferred Zion for his habitation, to be the place of his temple and sanctuary, before any other place in the promised land. It is divided into three parts: … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 85:8-13" It is a hymn of praise throughout, expressing wonder that Yahweh has made people “a little lower than God” (v. Jerusalem was where Melchizedek reigned as … What can they be but the eternal purpose of Jehovah -- the purpose out of which the being of the Church and the whole dispensation of Divine love have sprung? A song. A psalm. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Rome stands on her seven hills and has never lacked a poet's tongue to sing her glories, but more glorious far art thou, O Zion, among the eternal mountains of God: while pen can write or mouth can speak, thy praises shall never lie buried in inglorious silence. Psalm 1 Commentary: Verse 5 Contrasted with Verse 6. The Musicians’ Exultation over Jerusalem (87:7). The psalm pronounces a severe -- A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. Commentary on Psalm 18:29-50 (Read Psalm 18:29-50) When we praise for one mercy, we must observe the many more, with which we have been compassed all our days. This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on [618]Ps 46:1, title]. I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon] Rahab is Egypt, and so called for its … by Hank Workman. Verses 1-3: Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. Let us not be ashamed of the church of Christ in its meanest condition, nor of those that belong to it, since such glorious things are spoken of it. The Psalm begins abruptly, the poet's heart was full, and it gained vent on a sudden. Verse 1. Psalms 89:19-37 God’s Enabling Power. Verse 1. -- The song is in honour of Zion, or Jerusalem, and it treats of God's favour to that city among the mountains, the prophecies which made it illustrious, and the honour of being a native of it. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Jerusalem is surrounded by hills, and within the city itself there were the hills of Zion, Moriah, Acra, and Bezethah; See the notes at Matthew 2:1. of fallen man. However, there is also much to be gained by addressing the Psalm as a whole. continued...THE ARGUMENT This Psalm was doubtless composed after the building of the temple; and, as learned men think, and it seems probable, when the people were newly returned out of Babylon, and laboured under many discouragements about the return of most of their brethren, and the difficulties which they met with in the rebuilding of their temple and city. The psalmist wrote it to assure Israel that Yahweh would keep them safe through all trials IF they put their trust in him Whole Psalm -- Bishop Bruno entitles this Psalm, "The voice of prophecy concerning the heavenly Jerusalem", that is, the Church of Christ. The foundation, i.e. 5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. A sacred hymn and a national lyric. This psalm is simply titled A Psalm of the sons of Korah.A Song.These sons of Korah were Levites, from the family of Kohath. There are only two divisions in the psalm: (1) Ps. Commentary on Psalm 83:1-8 (Read Psalm 83:1-8) Sometimes God seems not to be concerned at the unjust treatment of his people. The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all of the dwellings of Jacob ( Psalm 87:1-2). An interpretation of Psalm 85:8-13 needs first to find a context in the whole of Psalm 85. His foundation: whose foundation? His foundation - This is an abrupt commencement of the psalm. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 8 INTRODUCTION: While the superscription notes this psalm is for the use of the Chief Musician or choirmaster, the psalm itself is addressed to Yahweh. The best self-preservation is to commit ourselves to God's keeping. 7. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. Hengstenberg. By David’s time it seems they served in the musical aspect of the temple worship (2 Chronicles 20:19). Interlude I will count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me— also Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia. Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, even Jesus Christ. The Lord loves the gates of Zionmore than all the other dwellings of Jacob. For You aregreat, and do wondrous things; You alone areGod. foundation—or, what He has founded, that is, … The Lord’s city is in the holy hills. An interpretation of Psalm 85:8-13 needs first to find a context in the whole of Psalm 85.1 The psalm is a prayer in the midst of crisis for the ancient faith community. A theocracy blends the religious and the patriotic ideas in one; and in proportion as nations become Christianized, their popular songs will become deeply imbued with pious sentiments. Many things had contributed to David's advancement, and he owns the hand of God in them all, to teach us to do likewise. A sacred hymn and a national lyric. III. The word foundations may possibly be emphatical, because this Psalm might probably be composed when the foundations of the second temple were newly laid, and the old men who had seen the glory of the former house were dejected at the sight of this, of which see Ezra 3:11,12. By David’s time it seems they served in the musical aspect of the temple worship (2 Chronicles 20:19). Commentary on Psalm 87:1-3 (Read Psalm 87:1-3) Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. One popular theory about their origins is that they were recited in the Jerusalem temple during a New Year festival that … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 95:1-7a" Well might such a theme cause his heart to glow. They prayed for joy, joy that can come from God’s presence in the midst of the community. Title “Sons of Korah” (see note on Psalm 84: Title). Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Babel, the chief cit… He has founded his city on the holy mountain." PSALM 85:1-3. Of the city or temple of God, of which he speaks in the following verses. There is no example of any such like title in the Book of the Psalms. This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on [618]Ps 46:1, title]. What but those attributes of mercy, justice, holiness, and sovereignty, from the ineffable embrace and holy cooperation of which it comes to pass that his chosen people are redeemed? is in the holy mountains—the location of Zion, in the wide sense, for the capital, or Jerusalem, being on several hills. The Psalm begins abruptly, the poet's heart was full, and it gained vent on a sudden. Or the plural number is here put for the singular, whereof we have seen examples formerly; and mountains are put for the mountain; either for Mount Moriah, upon which the temple stood; or for Mount Zion, which is mentioned in the next verse; which is often taken in a large and comprehensive sense, so as to include Moriah, in which sense the temple is said to be in Zion, Psalm 74:2 76:2 Isaiah 8:18. We have no need to divide so brief a song. “I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to those who know Me; Behold, O Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia: ‘This one was born there.’” a. I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon: After a focus on Jerusalem itself, God spoke of the Gentile nations on every side of Israel, who were their rivals and often enemies. This "Psalm or song" was either composed by the sons of Korah, or dedicated to them: as they kept the doors of the house of the Lord, they could use this beautiful composition as a Psalm within the doors, and as a song outside. Ps 87:1-7. These sacred hills God had selected as the place of his solemn worship - of his own abode. But the Korahites are best known for the frequent appearance of their name in the superscriptions to two groups of Psalms (Psalms 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 84, 85, 87, 88). 7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee. John Trapp Complete Commentary. 2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. It was a picture of things to come. It is divided into three parts: … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 85:8-13" But, 1. Psalm 87:1 Commentaries. Not on the sand of carnal policy, nor in the morass of human kingdoms, has the Lord founded his church, but on his own power and godhead, which are pledged for the establishment of his beloved church, which is to him the chief of all his works. His election made the mountains holy, they were by his determination ordained and set apart for the Lord's use. What a theme for meditation is the founding of the church of God in the ancient covenant engagements of eternity; the abrupt character of this first verse indicates long consideration on the part of the writer, leading up to his bursting forth in wonder and adoration. Sudden passion is evil, but bursts of holy joy are most precious. 2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. Sudden passion is evil, but bursts of holy joy are most precious. foundation—or, what He has founded, that is, Zion (Isa 14:32). i. The foundation that God has given his city is in "the holy mountains." PSALM 87 OVERVIEW. Salem Media Group. Psalm 87:1 His foundation is in the holy mountains. Psalms 86:1-17 David Prays For Protection From Enemies. Psalm 87Of the Sons of Korah. -- A Psalm or Song for the Sons of Korah. Or he may use this word foundations in opposition to the tabernacle, which was movable, and without foundations, to note the stability and perpetuity of this building. But being brought to a light sense of this, and finding himself stript of all the glory which the first Adam had in paradise, he has been led to seek the restoration of his nature, and has obtained of the second Adam, the. ... Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. But as we have no information, and the point is not important, we may leave it, and proceed to meditate upon the Psalm itself. The Lord’s Love for Zion (87:1-3). Psalms 89:38-52 The Apparent Suspension of The Covenant. Psalm 8 Commentary: Psalm 8 is a reflective or meditative psalm. "by the hands of the sons of Korah is said a song, which is founded by the mouth of the fathers that were of old:''. Mountains. God's foundation - the city which he has founded - is "in the holy mountains;" i.e. Ver. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. of Psalm 87 Commentary. And the ground of that abrupt and imperfect speech there seems to be the same with this here; for as the church was there in deep meditation and a great passion about her beloved, which caused that abruptness of speech, which is usual in such cases, so the psalmist’s thoughts were strongly fixed upon the temple and city of God; and therefore this relative his had a certain antecedent in his thoughts, though not in his words. The name of the person whom he is to celebrate is not mentioned at first, but is soon discovered by the character given of him. The sure decree, the divine perfections, the promise of him that cannot lie, the oath and covenant of God, and the incarnate Son himself, are the holy mountains, the perpetual hills, whose summits are gloriously crowned by the city of the Great King. A psalm of the descendants of Korah. All rights reserved. 87:1-3, and (2) Ps. --Andrew Gray. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician.A Psalm of the sons of Korah.These sons of Korah were Levites, from the family of Kohath. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. -- His foundation is in the holy mountains. the argument or matter, of this Psalm or Song. There the city sits securely, beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth. No other city to be compared to this, Psalm 87:4. Psalm 87:1 NIV Psalm 87:1 NLT Psalm 87:1 ESV Psalm 87:1 NASB Psalm 87:1 KJV Psalm 87:1 Bible Apps Psalm 87:1 Parallel Psalm 87:1 Biblia Paralela Psalm 87:1 Chinese Bible Psalm 87:1 French Bible Psalm 87:1 German Bible Psalm 87:1 Commentaries Bible Hub And whereas the beginning is somewhat abrupt, which seems to be the only ground of the foregoing exposition, that is no unusual thing in Scripture, and the pronoun relative, such as this is, is often put without any foregoing antecedent, and the antecedent is to be fetched out of the following words or verses, as Numbers 24:17, I shall see him, or it, to wit, the star, which follows afterward; Psalm 105:19, his word, i.e. So it"s sort of a psalm which extols the city of Jerusalem which is known as Zion also. Verse 1-2. Glorious things are said of It is said of them, “This one was born there.” The Lord's people are his hidden one; the world knows them not. It may be significant that those three are II. This is a lively description of fallen man. Psalms 87:1 Context. His foundation is in the holy mountains. I am one whom thou favourest, hast set apart for … Psalm 85 – Praying for Revival and Restoration. His foundation is in the holy mountains. It was in Hezekiah's reign that Babylon became prominent, when the ambassadors came to congratulate the king concerning his recovery, at that time also Tyre would be more famous than at any period in David's day. 3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Verses 1-4 The … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15" 6 The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. The writer celebrates the glory of the Church, as the means of spiritual blessing to the nation. He loves the city of Jerusalem more than any other city in Israel. In Salem is his `leafy covert', and his `rocky den' in Zion ... Thou art more glorious and excellent than the `mountains of the robbers'". On the holy mount stands the city he founded;" Psalm 87:1, KJV: "{A Psalm … beharree kodesh, the mountains of holiness; gave himself for his church, that he might sanctify and cleanse it; Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. What but these things, and Christ himself, the Rock of Ages, on which rock we know that the Church is so firmly founded, that the gates of hell cannot prevail against her? There are good reasons for each option. -- A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. Korah signifies the state in which trees are during winter, when stript of their verdure and fruit. Verse 1. With regard to the plural, mountains, it is probably only poetical, though geographically it is correct to speak of Jerusalem as situated on hills. 3 People say wonderful things about you, O city of God. a. 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