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1 A song, and Psalme for the sonnes of Korah. Great is the Lord, and greatly to bee praised in the citie of our God, in the mountaine of his holinesse.

2 Beautifull for situation, the ioy of the whole earth is moūt Sion, on the sides of the North, the citie of the great King.

3 God is knowen in her palaces for a refuge.

4 For loe, the kings were assembled: they passed by together.

5 They sawe it, and so they marueiled, they were troubled and hasted away.

6 Feare tooke holde vpon them there, and paine, as of a woman in trauaile.

7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an East wind.

8 As we haue heard, so haue wee seene in the citie of the Lord of hosts, in the citie of our God, God will establish it for euer. Selah,

9 Wee haue thought of thy louing kindnesse, O God, in the middest of thy Temple.

10 According to thy Name, O God, so is thy praise vnto the endes of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousnesse.

11 Let mount Sion reioyce, let the daughters of Iudah be glad, because of thy iudgements.

12 Walke about Sion, and goe round about her: tell the towres thereof.

13 Marke yee well her bulwarkes, consider her palaces; that yee may tell it to the generation following.

14 For this God is our God for euer, and euer; he will be our guide euen vnto death.

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Commentary for Psalms 48

The glories of the church of Christ.

1-7 Jerusalem is the city of our God: none on earth render him due honour except the citizens of the spiritual Jerusalem. Happy the kingdom, the city, the family, the heart, in which God is great, in which he is all. There God is known. The clearer discoveries are made to us of the Lord and his greatness, the more it is expected that we should abound in his praises. The earth is, by sin, covered with deformity, therefore justly might that spot of ground, which was beautified with holiness, be called the joy of the whole earth; that which the whole earth has reason to rejoice in, that God would thus in very deed dwell with man upon the earth. The kings of the earth were afraid of it. Nothing in nature can more fitly represent the overthrow of heathenism by the Spirit of the gospel, than the wreck of a fleet in a storm. Both are by the mighty power of the Lord.

8-14 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 of 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 the 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 who neither slumbers nor sleeps. See what precious ordinances are its palaces, what precious promises are its bulwarks, 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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 48

  • Chef B
    Jah is a refuge. A fortress in the the of trouble in heavenly places, spiritually and physically. Blessings and love.
  • Praise gates ministries - jed pydanna
    thru troubles and trials give GOD praise at all times , HE will never leave you nor forsake you.
  • BSP
    Verse 9: The sons of Korah went through a traumatizing experience, but they focused on Jehovah God's loving kindness and this helped them to endure and have hope.
  • Lu2677
    A tip about word search FYI;For example: When you type Jerusalem, Psalms 48 will not come up, yet, Ps.48 is about Jerusalem because it is "Zion" that is written, and Zion is Jerusalem. So a word search will not always give you all scripture that contains what you may be searching for.
    A word search is not completely reliable.Some verse has sin named, but the word"sin"may not be in the verse.
  • Irene123
    V. 7; 2 Chron. 20:37
  • Nakera Belizaire
    The Lord our God will always take care of us even in the midst of our troubles he will sustain us ..This is something we should always teach our children to always trust in the Lord our God and lean on him knowing he will guide and protect us.

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