1832. On their own testimony they fared better with God and with tribulation than with the world and without God. -------------------- In voice after voice He has made known His will—by His works which are all around us in the universe wherein we live; by His word which He inspired into holy men of old; by that conscience which is the lamp lit by the Spirit in every soul of man; by history, which is the record of His dealing with nations; by His experience, which is the pattern woven by His own hand in the web of our little lives. He guides not only to the brink of Jordan's river, but through the deep waters of it, and never leaves till he has landed them safe on the shores of eternity: and some, as Aben Ezra, render the word as if it was "for ever"; and others, as Abendana observes, render it "secretly"; the Lord sometimes leading his people in ways dark and hidden to them: and others give the sense of it, "as in the days of youth"; that is, God is the guide of his people in old age as in youth; he is always their guide, and ever will be: to which sense incline R. Moses in Aben Ezra, others in Kimchi and Abendana, and as also Jarchi and the Chaldee paraphrase; but Kimchi and Ben Melech render it as we do, "unto death", or "unto our death". And this guide is an everlasting one; "even unto death", or "in death", or "above death" (k); so as not to be hurt of the second death. And so viewed, we easily discern the beautiful link of thought that joins this Psalm to that which follows. So in our journey through life, One has offered to be our Guide and lead us safely to the heavenly Jerusalem. "in ipsa morte", Pfeiffer, Dub. His eloquent words have been preserved for us in the pages of a Greek historian. 1999. Used by Permission. Jerusalem is here praised. In making this statement, the people of God assure themselves that he will be their guide and keeper for ever. Prophets “This God is our God for ever and ever. We live under a new and better covenant. But the correspondence is with the preceding line, and with Psalms 48:8, as shown in the Structure. Burder. The stability and endless prosperity belong not to the material Zion, but to the mystic, the Church in her spiritual and evangelical inheritance. 1. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. The thought does not, of course, “exclude” the idea that he will be our guide - our protector - our friend - beyond death; but it is simply that as long as we live on the earth, we may have the assurance that he will lead and guide us. (last clause). Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Mormon and others. Who is this God that is emphatically designated and claimed as our God? "Sermon Bible Commentary". Till we have stood upon the grace of death? Compare for the present Hebrew text, Psalms 68:20; Psalms 49:15; Habakkuk 1:12. "Commentary on Psalms 48:14". Other things He will not give you because you could not use them if you had them. Pauline Epistles We have here the good use and improvement which the people of God are taught to make of his late glorious and gracious appearances for them against their enemies, that they might work for their good. 14. We are not left to frame a God for ourselves; we have revealed to us in the Bible, and especially in the person and work of Jesus Christ, God, not only as our Creator, but as our loving Father and our Saviour and Sanctifier. III. That God was known in their palaces for a refuge they had had a late instance, and a very remarkable one. Verse 14. In the primary sense Israel shall never be extinguished finally; in the spiritual sense the Church shall be victor over death. This God, &c. — Who hath done this great work for us; is our God — Who alone can protect us, and will be our defender, if we depend upon him, for ever and ever. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. 1. Mark, "That ye may tell the generation following," For this is our God. Then, can we say, “This God is our God”? The title of this psalm is A Song. Thou art my portion saith my soul.” Before you say it, He will answer. (3) It produces in Zion, the mother city, and her daughter villages, a triumph of rapture and gladness. More than this year’s future is assured. A good reason for preserving a record of all that he has wrought. (Note: lxx: ἐν ταῖς βάρεσιν αὐτῆς, on which Gregory of Nyssa remarks (Opera, Ed. 1874-1909. The people of God are sometime represented as so taken with this apprehension of their peculiar relation to God, that they cannot be content to know, but they proclaim it; nor was it enough the present age should know, but they must have it told the following generation: "Let Mount Zion rejoice," etc. Ver. General Epistles There can be no question as to which member of it appeals to us--it is the Hebrew net the Greek standpoint that is ours. Zion is where hearts love, and trust, and follow Christ. Andrew A. Bonar. It is enlightened with the knowledge of God. "Commentary on Psalms 48:14". of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:7) למשׂגּב (the ל that is customary with verbs of becoming and making), i.e., as an inaccessible fortress, making them secure against any hostile attack. He will be our Guide even unto death.” The contrast is instructive. 10. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-48.html. The unspeakable mercy of God. The one thing that gave it glory was that in it God abode. Though written (probably by Hezekiah, Isaiah 38:20) for this special occasion, it was handed over for public use in the Temple worship. During all the ages of the world's and the Church's history, He has been put to the test by countless multitudes of those who have trusted in Him, and not one of them has ever been confounded. Of the effectual provision which is made for its safety (, 4. His intention is that His people shall be conformed to His likeness; and in order that they may copy Him, He gives the Divine nature to all who ask. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-48.html. In volume after volume He has spoken to us. The good Shepherd's care will not cease at death; nay, He will be ours forever (cf. The first sense, however, in my opinion, is the more appropriate. The extensive view at that point extends even to Jerusalem: as soon as they saw it they were amazed, i.e., the seeing and astonishment, panic and confused flight, occurred all together; there went forth upon them from the Holy City, because Elohim dwells therein, a חרדּת אלהים (1 Samuel 14:15), or as we should say, a panic or a panic-striking terror.