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 on Psalms 48
    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 on Psalms 48
    thru troubles and trials give GOD praise at all times , HE will never leave you nor forsake you.
  • David Anthony on Psalms 48

    He will be our guide, even unto
    death. What a wonderful thought
  • BSP on Psalms 48
    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 on Psalms 48
    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 on Psalms 48
    V. 7; 2 Chron. 20:37
  • Florence on Psalms 48
    Ps.48 is telling us who God is to His children:He is our shield,He is our savior;He is our strength;He is our r; He is the God of our Salvation rock and fortress;our help in the present time of trouble; He is the God of our Salvation;He is our God forever and ever.AMEN!!!PTL
  • Nakera Belizaire on Psalms 48
    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.
  • Phyllis L. Bennett on Psalms 48
    I love the book of Psalms. I love this new verse I have read. It has given me a different outlook toward being a god fearing woman of Jesus Christ. I pray it will deliver others to lean toward Jesus Christ more, and let him be your guide in this world, and I pray that this verse will assist others in rethinking about church too. God bless everyone, and may the LORD be with us all through the end.
  • Tunde on Psalms 48
    i bless God


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