Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary
A short but interesting Psalm, in which believers are calling upon one another to the service and praises of Jehovah.
A Song of Degrees.
The Psalm opens with a call upon the servants, perhaps the Levites, who ministered day and night in the temple, to bless the Lord; and ends with somewhat like an answer to everyone that was engaged in this employment. But as Jesus hath made all his people kings and priests to the Father, the call in these gospel days may well be supposed to be directed to everyone. Reader! let us consider it in this point of view, and may the Lord, who calls, give us grace most joyfully to obey! I should observe, that before the coming of Christ, constant service or watching was observed in the temple without intermission: the Levites ministered by day and by night. The fire on the altar, and the lamps were constantly burning; see Leviticus 6:13; Lev_24:2-4. In the gospel Church, the Spirit of judgment and the Spirit of burning; supplies the place, Isaiah 4:4. Reader! let you and I see to it, that everywhere, and in all things, both by day and by night, we are lifting up holy hands in praises and love to our God in Christ. And may we each, personally for ourselves, and for all with whom we have to do, be on the lookout, that our God may bless each, and everyone, out of Zion.
BLESSING work, is not only necessary, but grateful work among the faithful. Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous, for it becometh well the just to be thankful. How, Lord, shall I ever testify, even through a whole eternity, the obligations I owe thee? What everlasting praise will the redeemed in heaven have to offer to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for the blessings to which they are begotten. Oh! ye ministers of the sanctuary, of whom it is said, Ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord, men shall call you the Ministers of our God! what lifting up of hands, what holy acclamations of praise, may ye be supposed to bring, that preach among the people the unsearchable riches of Christ. And ye no less who are ministered unto; were ye to hold your peace, in whose hearts Christ is formed the hope of glory, might not the stones of the earth be expected to cry out? Oh! for grace that everyone, high and low, young men and maidens, old men and children, might praise the name of the Lord, for his name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth! And may He, that dwelleth in Zion, even Zion's King and Husband, bless each, and everyone that praiseth him! And the Lord of heaven and earth, who hath both the upper and nether spring blessings, bless his redeemed here with grace, and hereafter with glory!
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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Psalms 134 Overview". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/pmc/psalms-134.html. 1828.
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