This, then, is a confirmation of what was spoken before concerning the glorious restoration of Zion; for by the greatness of the joy, and the manifold harmony and melody of praises, is portrayed the happiness which shall prevail in the midst of it. — The inscription of this psalm does not attribute it to David, nor is the occasion on which it was penned particularly mentioned. Selah. Commentary on Psalm 119:1-8 (Read Psalm 119:1-8) This psalm may be considered as the statement of a believer's experience. (3.) Verse 1. The prophet then points out the cause why God preferred that one place before all others; and the cause which he assigns is, not the worth of the place itself, but the free love of God. 2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 7:16. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Bible > Bible Commentary; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David; Psalm; Psalm 87; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David << Psalm 86 | Psalm 87 | Psalm 88 >> (Read all of Psalm 87) Exposition - Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings Hints to the Village Preacher - Works Upon This Psalm TITLE. . There he met his people, and conversed with them, received their homage, and showed them the tokens of his favour, and therefore we may conclude how well he loves those gates. It often happens, that in proportion to the rapidity with which cities rise to distinguished eminence, is the shortness of the continuance of their prosperity. The Story of Psalm 87 This is an important psalm but we do not know who wrote it. He is indeed the founder of other cities also; yet we do not read of him saying with respect to any other city, "This is my rest for ever; here will I dwell; for I have desired it," (Psalm 132:14.).  "Que des le ventre de sa mere il est serviteur domestique de Dieu, et comme nay d'un sien serviteur en la maison." Those who conceive that Jerusalem is here meant, as if it were said to be founded upon the holy mountains, are in my judgment mistaken; for the relative is in the masculine gender. Psalm 87-89. (Isaiah 54:1), "Lift up thine eyes round about, and see; all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Zion is God’s elect city (verses 1-3), a place where even the Gentiles are gathered (verses 4-6), and the source of new life in God’s kingdom (verse 7). Psalms 87 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible more than all the dwellings of Jacob. I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death. From the low and despised condition of the whole people, from the many and terrible enemies who pressed hard upon them on all sides, from the small number who had sufficient courage to surmount the obstacles in their way, from the new and unlooked-for changes which were daily springing up, from the danger there was lest the state of affairs gradually sinking more and more into decay, should at length become desperate, it was difficult to cherish the hope that the holy city would be restored. And, in the 44th chapter, at the 5th verse, we meet with almost the same language as in the passage before us, or at least what comes very near to it: "One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel." Psalm 87 New King James Version The Glories of the City of God A Psalm 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. Though no man cared for her (Jer. was for the sons of *Korah. Psalms 87 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides a free-flowing commentary on the entire text of each biblical book, along with background material. The meaning is, that Zion will acquire such renown as to excite all men with the greatest earnestness to desire to be admitted into the number and rank of her citizens. Zion shall produce many great and good men that shall be famous in their generation, v. 5. Selah. 46:4 city of God. I name them off, those among whom I’m famous: Egypt and Babylon, also Philistia, even Tyre, along with Cush. 2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion. Selah . 2. Psalm 87, another Korahite psalm in the final cluster of Book III, is a song of Zion—yet a remarkably unusual one in that other nations are included in the ranks of Zion’s citizenry. Psalm 87. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. 1 On # See Ps. Psalm 87 – Citizens of Zion. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, in its introductory note on this psalm, says that it’s “difficult to postulate an original life-situation for the psalm. So the psalmist says, reckoning the springs from which his dry soul must be watered to lie in the sanctuary, in the word and ordinances, and in the communion of saints. Dimock objects to this, observing that Christ was not born at Jerusalem. God says, "I will reckon Egypt and Babylon with those that know me. Selah. 3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. The condition upon which Christ espouses the faithful to himself is, that they should forget their own people and their father's house, (Psalm 45:11,) and that, being formed into new creatures, and born again of incorruptible seed, they should begin to be the children of God as well as of the Church, (Galatians 4:19.) Psalms 87 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible Hi, Sign out Before any other place or country whatsoever, as being replenished with more eminent men and with a greater plenty of divine blessings (v. 4-7). Some understand it as denoting hopes, some affections, and others thoughts. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God! Zion, for the temple's sake, is here preferred, I. Zion is here compared with other places, and preferred before them; the church of Christ is more glorious and excellent than the nations of the earth. Zion, for the temple’s sake, is here preferred, I. 4 “I will record Rahab # 87:4 A poetic name for Egypt and Babylon. The translated Bible text has yet to go through Advanced Checking. 1 His foundations are in the holy mountains. The Lord loves the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob. 30:17, "This is Zion whom no man seeketh after"), yet God had done great things for her, and spoken glorious things of her, which should all have their perfection and accomplishment in the gospel-church; to that therefore we must have an eye in singing this psalm. Psalms 87 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, written by 29 eminent scholars, is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries Psalms 87. We get a snapshot of such in Revelation. 3. When God renders to every man according to his works, he shall observe who enjoyed the privileges of his sanctuary. C. H. Spurgeon :: Psalm 87 ← Back to C. H. Spurgeon's Bio & Resources. Let us not be ashamed of the church of Christ in its meanest condition, nor of any that belong to it, nor disown our relation to it, though it be turned ever so much to our reproach, since such glorious things are spoken of it, and not on iota or tittle of what is said shall fall to the ground. In the second part of the verse, there is expressed the stability and enduring character of Zion. Psalm 87, another Korahite psalm in the final cluster of Book III, is a song of Zion—yet a remarkably unusual one in that other nations are included in the ranks of Zion’s citizenry. It is an encomium of Zion, as a type and figure of the gospel-church, to which what is here spoken is very applicable. That there was much said concerning it in the word of God (v. 3): Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God! -- Fr. Beautiful for situation is Mount Zion, Ps.  "But of Zion it shall be said, He and He were born there; i.e., not one, but many men of note." This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on Ps 46:1, title]. Psalm 87: This Song of Zion speaks prophetically of the time when Zion really will be the center of the universal kingdom of the Messiah. (2.) With this agrees what is stated in Psalm 78:60, 67, that God rejected Shiloh, the tribe of Ephraim, and the tabernacle of Joseph, that he might dwell in Zion which he loved. Psalm 87 Bible Commentary. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes: for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited." Zion is God’s elect city (verses 1-3), a place where even the Gentiles are gathered (verses 4-6), and the source of new life in God’s kingdom (verse 7). The increase, honour, and comfort of the members thereof. Christ Jesus is the refuge and dwelling-place to which we may repair. But as this might be considered unsupported by the usage of the Hebrew term, I am rather inclined to adopt, as most suitable to the subject in hand, the opinion that lookings is the proper translation, the root of the word signifying an eye. (2.) 60:1]; See Isa. Many base things were spoken of the city of God by the enemies of it, to render it mean and odious; but by him whose judgment we are sure is according to truth glorious things are spoken of it. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 87. www.easyenglish.bible. The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, As well the singers as the players on instruments, or Song for the sons of Korah.>> His foundation. 87:4-6, with a final exclamation in Ps. (Read Psalm 87:4-7) The church of Christ is more glorious and excellent than the nations of the earth. Christ is the true temple; all our springs are in him, and from him all our streams flow. 2. Commentary on Psalm 90:1-6 (Read Psalm 90:1-6) It is supposed that this psalm refers to the sentence passed on Israel in the wilderness, Numbers 14. These new-born converts are, therefore, represented as joining the universal Church, and offering ascriptions of praise to God, who is the overflowing source of all the streams of good, which refresh and bless the people.". 48:1 the holy mount # Isa.  Selah. But it is unnecessary for me to say any thing to prove what is apparent to all, that this exposition is forced. (Psalm 137:5). שׁיר מזמור קרח לבני libnei korach mizmor shiir. TITLE.—A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. Psalm 87. 87 His foundation is in the holy mountains. It was here Abraham offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Bible > Bible Commentary; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David; Psalm; Psalm 55; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David << Psalm 54 | Psalm 55 | Psalm 56 >> (Read all of Psalm 55) Exposition - Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings Hints to the Village Preacher - Works Upon This Psalm TITLE. 48:2. P.B.V. Commentary for Psalms 87 . A psalm. 87 His foundation is in the holy mountains. 54:10. Let those that dwell in Zion mark this, and live up to their profession. 87 1-3 He founded Zion on the Holy Mountain— and oh, how God loves his home! A Korah Psalm He founded Zion on the Holy Mountain— and oh, how GOD loves his home! A man, a man was born in her, by which some understand Christ, that man, that son of man, who is fairer than the children of men; he was born at Bethlehem near Zion, and was the glory of his people Israel. The greatest honour that ever was put upon the Jewish nation was, that of them, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, Rom. 4-7), and expresses faith that God will save them (vv. A SONG." 87:7. 87:1 «A Psalm [or] Song for the sons of Korah.» His a foundation [is] in the holy mountains. (4.) On the holy mount stands the city he founded; 2. the L ord loves the gates of Zion. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.] His foundations are in the holy mountains. PSALM 87 GLORIOUS THINGS OF THEE ARE SPOKEN The title we have chosen here is the title of a famous hymn which is founded upon this psalm. I will make mention of Rahab,  and Babel among them that know me: behold the Philistines, and Tyre, with Ethiopia,  he is born there! A Psalm. ‘herfoundation’ is untenable. A Song.  "Ethiopia, the land of Cush, which was in Arabia." That despair might not overcome the hearts of the faithful, and cause them to fail, there is set before them the supporting and consolatory consideration, that the Lord hath spoken differently concerning the future condition of the Church. 1. Selah. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. We must consider the design of the prophet, or rather the object of the Spirit of God, speaking by the mouth of the prophet. For to them much was given, and therefore of them much will be required, and the account will be accordingly; five talents must be improved by those that were entrusted with five. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God! It being quite a common thing among the Hebrews to put a relative without its antecedent,  this manner of speaking ought not to seem harsh or strange. Words in boxes are from the Bible. Isaiah also uses a similar form of expression, (Isaiah 14:32,) "The Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it." Psalm 87:1. In the records of heaven, the meanest of those who are born again stand registered. His foundation is in the holy mountains. Jehovah loveth the gates of Zion above all the dwellings of Jacob. Exposition. Christ Jesus is the refuge and dwelling-place to which we may repair. There are only two divisions in the psalm: (1) Ps. It is an encomium of Zion, as a type and figure of the gospel-church, to which what is here spoken is very applicable.  Rahab is a poetical name of Egypt, (Isaiah 30:7; Isaiah 51:9; Psalm 87:4; Psalm 89:11.) In Praise of Jerusalem#Ps 87 hebrew title: A psalm by the clan of Korah; a song. God promised that even among the rivals there would be those who know Me– those who have true relationship with Him. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Did the idiom of the language admit, I would willingly subscribe to the opinion of those who translate it melodies or songs. 4 “I will record Rahab # 87:4 A poetic name for Egypt and Babylon. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 87 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. Besides, although the whole country of Judea was consecrated to God, yet he is said to have rejected all the other cities, and to have chosen this one for himself in which to reign. That it may not be thought that the prosperity of the Church is of such a perishable and transitory nature, it is declared, that the Most High himself will establish her It is not surprising, as if it had been said, to find other cities shaken, and subject from time to time to a variety of vicissitudes; for they are carried round with the world in its revolutions, and do not enjoy everlasting defenders. Selah. (1-3) It is filled with the Divine blessing. God’s hometown—oh! The glory of the church. The foregoing psalm was very plain and easy, but in this are things dark and hard to be understood. A psalm or song for the sons of Korah.. 1 His foundation is in the holy mountains. God had said concerning Zion, This is my rest for ever; here will I dwell. If it is demanded why Jerusalem was so highly distinguished, let this short answer be deemed sufficient, Because it so pleased God. Selah. Of Zion it shall be said by all her neighbours that this and that man were born in her, many men of renown for wisdom and piety, and especially for acquaintance with the words of God and the visions of the Almighty—many prophets and kings, who should be greater favourites of heaven, and greater blessings to the earth, than ever were bred in Egypt or Babylon. Zion, for the temple’s sake, is here preferred, I. God, it is true, wrote the names of his children in the Book of Life before the creation of the world; but he enrols them in the catalogue of his saints, only when, having regenerated them by the Spirit of adoption, he impresses his own mark upon them. Psalm 87 is a prophetic glimpse as to what God would do through His Son for those not born of Jewish heritage would find one day in worship before His throne. In putting Zion for Jerusalem, and the gates for the whole compass of the city, there is a double synecdoche. Every one shall confess, to the honor of the Israelites, that the Savior was a native Jew." According to mahalath leannoth. A Song. That it was founded on the holy mountains, v. 1. (a) God chose that place among the hills to establish Jerusalem and his temple.87:3 b Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. It is a highly honorable condition which is spoken of, the language implying, that when God shall take a census of the people on whom he will be graciously pleased to confer the highest honor, he will write them as belonging to Zion, rather than to Babylon or any other cities; for to be one of the common people among the citizens of Zion, will be a greater distinction than to be invested with the highest rank anywhere else. I will reckon them my people as much as Israel when they shall receive the gospel of Christ, and own them as born in Zion, born again there, and admitted to the privileges of Zion as freely as a true-born Israelite." Psalm 87 views Zion as founded of God, a city which has foundations. I It is set to the music of the Austrian National Hymn, composed by Franz Joseph Haydn, and the words are those of John Newman. In this way they were admonished, first, to direct their attention to the ancient prophecies, and to keep in remembrance, especially those which are contained in Isaiah from the fortieth chapter (Isaiah 40) to the end of the book; and, secondly, to give ear to the servants of God, who at that time preached the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. Commentary for Psalms 87 . Farther, he attributes to the divine favor and adoption whatever excellence it possessed above other places. These sons of Korah were Levites, from the family of Kohath. 5. 2 Jehovah loveth the gates of Zion above all the dwellings of Jacob. more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. By the way, we should remember the difference which the Apostle sets forth as subsisting between the earthly Jerusalem, -- which, being herself a bondwoman, brings forth children also in bondage, -- and the heavenly Jerusalem, which brings forth free children by the instrumentality of the Gospel. Psalm 86 Psalm 90 Psalm 87-89 New King James Version (NKJV) The Glories of the City of God A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Other Works. Although Zion was not the place of their natural birth, but they were to be grafted into the body of the holy people by adoption; yet as the way by which we enter into the Church is a second birth, this form of expression is used with great propriety. 4. 87:1 «A Psalm [or] Song for the sons of Korah.» His a foundation [is] in the holy mountains. It had been stated in the preceding verse, that the Chaldeans and Egyptians would be added to the household of the Church; and that the Ethiopians, Philistines, and Tyrians, would be enrolled among her children. This, it is true, is an abrupt form of expression; but the sense, about which there is a general agreement, is, that so great will be the ground for rejoicing, that the praises of God will resound in Zion continually, with the energy of the living voice, as well as with musical instruments. That God had expressed a particular affection for it (v. 2): The Lord loveth the gates of Zion, of the temple, of the houses of doctrine (so the Chaldee), more than all the dwellings of Jacob, whether in Jerusalem or any where else in the country. Hints to the Village Preacher. Verses 1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. It is filled with the Divine blessing. 2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion. 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