Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. Is in the holy mountains - The mountains of Jerusalem. The Psalm begins abruptly, the poet's heart was full, and it gained vent on a sudden. It was in Hezekiah's reign that Babylon became prominent, when the ambassadors came to congratulate the king concerning his recovery, at that time also Tyre would be more famous than at any period in David's day. The word foundations may possibly be emphatical, because this Psalm might probably be composed when the foundations of the second temple were newly laid, and the old men who had seen the glory of the former house were dejected at the sight of this, of which see Ezra 3:11,12. The foundation, i.e. 2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. In this respect it concentrated in itself the character of the whole country of which it was to be the capital -- the "mountain throne", the "mountain sanctuary", of God. "In the holy mountains" (Psalms 87:1). Rome stands on her seven hills and has never lacked a poet's tongue to sing her glories, but more glorious far art thou, O Zion, among the eternal mountains of God: while pen can write or mouth can speak, thy praises shall never lie buried in inglorious silence. 3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. 1. (Selah) 4 I mention Rahab and Babylon to my followers. of fallen man. However, there is also much to be gained by addressing the Psalm as a whole. Verse 1. The psalm pronounces a severe "In Judah is God known; his name is great in Israel. This is a lively description of fallen man. "by the hands of the sons of Korah is said a song, which is founded by the mouth of the fathers that were of old:''. Psalms 87:1 Context. Jeremiah 14:2.). A psalm. (Comp. This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on Ps 46:1, title]. Selah. The situation of Jerusalem is in several respects singular amongst the cities of Palestine. 87:1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. Psalm 85 – Praying for Revival and Restoration. Verse 1. He has founded his city on the holy mountain." Subject and Division. Look after Psalm 25 in Book 1 of the Psalms of David for more about the covenant. "The `mount' of God is as the `mount' of Bashan; an high mount as the mount of Bashan. An interpretation of Psalm 85:8-13 needs first to find a context in the whole of Psalm 85. The privilege of being born in it, Psalm 87:5, Psalm 87:6. This psalm is true, whether we apply it -. but the words are a part of the song or psalm, which begins in an abrupt manner, just as Sol 1:2 and may be rendered either "its foundation", or "his foundation", and refer either to the church, or to the Lord, and the sense is the same either way; for the church's foundation is also the Lord's foundation, a foundation of his laying; see Isaiah 14:32 and is laid "in the holy mountains"; alluding to the mountains of Zion and Moriah, where the temple stood, a type of the church; or to the mountains about Jerusalem, by which also the church is frequently signified; and by those, in a mystical and spiritual sense, may be meant the purposes and decrees of God, which are as mountains of brass, Zechariah 6:1, they are like the ancient mountains for the antiquity of them, and are high, and not to be reached and searched into, and are firm, solid, and immoveable; and are also holy, particularly the decree of election, that source of all true holiness, which has sanctification for its end and means; and is the foundation of the church, which supports and secures it, and stands sure, 2 Timothy 2:19, also the covenant of grace, which is sure and immoveable, and in which are provisions for holiness, internal and external; and is the foundation and security of the church, and all believers; but especially Jesus Christ, the Rock of ages, is meant, the Holy One of Israel, the sure foundation laid in Zion: some interpret these holy mountains of the holy apostles, who were in an high and eminent station in the church, and were doctrinally foundations, as they ministerially laid Christ, as the only foundation; see Ephesians 2:20, it may be rendered, "among the holy mountains" (w); and so may regard, as Cocceius explains it, the several kingdoms and provinces of the world in which the Gospel shall be preached; and the church shall be established and settled in the latter day even upon the tops of mountains, which shall become holy to the Lord, Isaiah 2:2. 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