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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 48

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' CommentaryMeyer's Commentary

Verses 1-14

“The City of Our God”

Psalms 48:1-14

This psalm also probably dates from 2 Chronicles 20:20 . Tekoa was only three hours’ march from Jerusalem and commanded an extensive view, so that Psalms 48:4-5 were literally true.

The psalmist celebrates the beauty and glory of Zion, Psalms 48:1-3 . The Church today is the City of the great King. Apart from God, the fairest palace is no refuge; but a cottage becomes a palace if God is known and loved there. Judah’s recent deliverance is gratefully commemorated, Psalms 48:4-8 . It is a sublime picture: the gathered array, the dismay, flight, and destruction of the foe. Then comes the call to loving thought on God’s care and goodness, Psalms 48:9-14 . Notice those two sentences - As we have heard, so we have seen,” Psalms 48:8 ; and, “ As is thy name, so is thy praise,” Psalms 48:10 . Whatever we have been told by our fathers about God, God is prepared to be and do for us; and our aim should be to praise Him worthily. Think of His love till your heart kindles to praise; and remember that this God is yours forever and ever. Let us surrender to Him the guidance of every step, until we pass through death into His immediate presence.

Bibliographical Information
Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on Psalms 48". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/fbm/psalms-48.html. 1914.
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