David foresees that all people will come to the One God of Israel. He calls us near to himself and answers prayer with awesome deeds of righteousness.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David. A song.
VERSE 1. Praise waits for you, God, in Zion. To you shall vows be performed.
VERSE 2. You who hear prayer, to you all men will come.
You who hear prayer. Truly, God answers prayer.
to you all men will come. King Solomon foresaw that all people would come to the One God:
1 Kings 8:41-43. Moreover concerning the foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, when he comes out of a far country for your name’s sake 42 (for they shall hear of your great name, and of your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm); when he comes and prays toward this house; 43 hear in heaven, your dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you for; that all the peoples of the earth may know your name, to fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by your name.
VERSE 3. Sins overwhelmed me, but you atoned for our transgressions.
atoned. The Hebrew word is תְכַפְּרֵֽם (“ṯə·ḵap·pə·rêm”). It means cover over, make propitiation.
Blessed is the one. If God has called you near to himself, this is a great privilege and joy!
your holy temple. The Hebrew word for temple is heikal. It means a magnificent house.
awesome deeds of righteousness. Sometimes God answers our prayers in subtle ways. But at other times, he might answer in awesome, marvelous ways that clearly bring the glory and honor to him.
all the ends of the earth. In those days people imagined that their god was limited to specific location. For example, Artemis was in Ephesus. However, the One God of Israel is not limited to any location. Rather, he is the hope of all the ends of the earth.
VERSE 6. By your power, you form the mountains, having armed yourself with strength.
VERSE 7. You still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.
VERSE 8. They also who dwell in faraway places are afraid at your wonders. You call the morning’s dawn and the evening with songs of joy.
VERSE 9. You visit the earth, and water it. You greatly enrich it. The river of God is full of water. You provide them grain, for so you have ordained it.
The river of God. This is probably a poetic term that means a source of blessing. It is also mentioned in Psalm 46:
Psalm 46:4. There is a river, the streams of which make the city of God glad,
the holy place of the tents of the Most High.
VERSE 10. You drench its furrows. You level its ridges. You soften it with showers. You bless it with a crop.
VERSE 11. You crown the year with your bounty. Your carts overflow with abundance.
Your carts. This is a poetic way of speaking about God’s generous provision in the land.
VERSE 12. The wilderness grasslands overflow. The hills are clothed with gladness.
VERSE 13. The pastures are covered with flocks. The valleys also are clothed with grain. They shout for joy! They also sing.
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