“It Wasn’t Easy,” CeCe Winans
Psalm 48 unites with Psalm 46 and 47 to form three Great Psalms of Praise to God For His Kinship And His Love For The Holy City of Jerusalem. This emphasis on Jerusalem has led many scholars to speak of these Psalms as “Songs of Zion.” Attributed to the sons of Korah, this Psalm calls the people to Reverent Praise To Their (Our) Lord. Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.
A Song And Psalm for the sons of Korah
Sons of Korah (84:title) A choir of Levites that king David appointed to serve in The Temple Worship. These were descendants of Korah, who was the grandson of Levi, the head of one of The Twelve Tribes of Israel. The Levites were responsible for The Temple Worship. Korah got into a dispute with Moses and was eventually swallowed alive by the ground (Numbers 16:1-33). Quest Study Bible.
“Great Is The Lord, And Greatly To Be Praised,” cont’d, Psalm 48:8) As we have heard, so have we seen in The City Of The Lord Of Hosts, In The City Of Our God: God Will Establish It For Ever. Selah. Isaiah 2:2; Micah 4:1. 9) We Have Thought Of Thy Lovingkindness, O God, In The Midst Of Thy Temple. 10) According To Thy Name, O God, So Is Thy Praise Unto The Ends Of The Earth: Thy Right Hand Is Full Of Righteousness. Malachi 1:11. 11) Let Mount Zion Rejoice, Let The Daughters of Judah Be Glad, Because Of Thy Judgment. 12) Walk About Zion; And Go Round About Her: Tell The Towers Thereof (those whose dwelling was there) . 13) Mark ye well Her Bulwarks (Strengths), Consider Her Palaces; that ye may Tell It To The Generations Following. 14) For This God Is Our God For Ever And Ever: He Will Be Our Guide Even Unto Death. Isaiah 25:9.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v8, as … we have seen: The people who first sang this song knew The Presence Of God In Temple Worship. They knew that they were in The City Where God Had Chosen To Establish His Blessing. v9, We have thought: The verb is an unusual one in Hebrew. It refers to making comparisons and looking for similarities, thinking and considering with discrimination. The Point Is That Nothing Can Be Compared To The Loyal Love Of God. v10-14, Praising The City Of Zion Is Another Way Of Praising God, Whose Dwelling Was There. To Be A Guide Describes The Work Of A Shepherd (78:52).
Quest Study Bible – v8, “How secure is Jerusalem?” Very Secure—Provided It’s Inhabitants Trust In God. God’s Promise Came With A Stipulation: As long as their Trust Was In God, They Would Be Safe. But if they were to rely on anything less or refuse To Serve The Lord, Their Security Would Evaporate (see Jeremiah 7:3-15). The wars and turmoil that have stained Jerusalem’s history Do Not Disprove God’s Promise Of Security: they prove the people’s Unfaithfulness. v10, “How Has God’s Name And Praise Reached The Ends Of The Earth?” The Poetic Language Describes God’s Influence And Power Demonstrated Throughout The World, Probably Through Creation. Many have not yet heard The Gospel, But They Have Seen God’s Handiwork (Romans 1:19-20). Some suggest that the Religious Tendencies in all cultures throughout the history of humankind, though at times distorted, Have Shown That God’s Reality Has Indeed Touched The Ends Of The Earth. Amen.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-14, We Have Here The Improvement Which The People Of GOD Are To Make Of HIS GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS APPEARANCES FOR THEM. LET OUR FAITH IN THE WORD OF GOD BE HEREBY CONFIRMED. LET OUR HOPE IN THE STABILITY OF THE CHURCH BE ENCOURAGED. LET OUR MINDS BE FILLED WITH GOOD THOUGHTS OF GOD. ALL THE STREAMS OF MERCY THAT FLOW DOWN TO US, MUST BE TRACED TO THE FOUNTAIN OF HIS LOVING-KINDNESS. LET US GIVE TO GOD THE GLORY OF THE GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE FOR US. Let All Members Of The Church Take Comfort From What THE LORD DOES FOR HIS CHURCH. Let Us Observe The Beauty, Strength And Safety Of THE CHURCH. CONSIDER ITS STRENGTH; SEE IT FOUNDED ON CHRIST THE ROCK, FORTIFIED BY THE DIVINE POWER, GUARDED BY HIM THAT NEITHER SLUMBERS NOR SLEEPS. See What Precious Ordinances (Orders, Laws) Are Its Palaces, What Precious Promises Are Its Bulwarks (Defenses), That You May Be Encouraged To Join Yourselves To IT: AND TELL THIS TO OTHERS. THIS GOD, WHO HAS NOW DONE SUCH GREAT THINGS FOR US, IS UNCHANGEABLE IN HIS LOVE TO US, AND HIS CARE FOR US. If HE IS OUR GOD, HE WILL LEAD AND KEEP US EVEN TO THE LAST. HE WILL SO GUIDE US, AS TO SET US ABOVE THE REACH OF DEATH, SO THAT IT SHALL NOT DO US ANY REAL HURT. HE WILL LEAD US TO A LIFE IN WHICH THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH. Amen.