Psalm Eighty Seven

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.

A Psalm or Song. See note on the title of Psalm 42 and note on the title of Psalm 66.

Psalm 87:1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.

Psalm 87:2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

Psalm 87:3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah

Psalm 87:4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.

Rahab. The monster Rahab was considered symbolic of Egypt.

Psalm 87:5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.

Psalm 87:6 The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah

born there. The unnamed psalmist was thankful to have been born in Jerusalem, in the “city of God” (Psalm 87:3) behind “the gates of Zion” (Psalm 87:2) on “the holy mountains” (Psalm 87:1).

Psalm 87:7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.

all my springs. Springs, as sources of life-sustaining waters, are here compared to all the writer's sources of joy and satisfaction, which he could find only in the place of God's dwelling.