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Psalm Forty Eight

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah.

Psalm 48:1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

Psalm 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

city of the great King. Jerusalem was called “the city of the great King” by the Lord Jesus (Matthew 5:35). God Himself is, of course, the “great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2, 7), and Jerusalem is the earthly “city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High” (Psalm 46:4). Thus Psalms 46, 47, 48 have a common theme.

Psalm 48:3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

Psalm 48:4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.

Psalm 48:5 They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.

Psalm 48:6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

Psalm 48:7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

breakest the ships of Tarshish. Since the prophetic setting of this psalm, like Psalm 47, seem to center on the future kingdom age, Tarshish here probably symbolizes the great sea-faring nations of the last days. See note on Ezekiel 38:13.

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

Psalm 48:9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

Psalm 48:10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

Psalm 48:11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.

Psalm 48:12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Psalm 48:13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.

Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

unto death. This could just as well read “into death.” That is, God guides even beyond the point of death.