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A Psalm of confession, or thanksgiving.
Celebration of the lord, that he is to be worshiped from the heart because he is the former of the church, verses 1 to 3; that he is to be approached through the truths of the Word, and acknowledged, verses 4, 5.
Verses 1 to 5. Make a joyful noise to jehovah, all the earth, etc, etc. where it is manifest what is meant by confessing and confession, or thanksgiving, namely that it is to acknowledge jehovah or the lord, and the things belonging to him; hence also it is evident, that confession involves the celestial principle of love; and the genuine confession, or that which is from the heart, can only he made from good, the confession which is from truth being called the voice of singing, the voice of them who sport, and who play on instruments. AC 3880.
Verse 3. Know you, that it is jehovah who is god; he has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Pasture, in this passage, denotes the truths in which man is instructed, and such things as relate to spiritual life; for spiritual life is of such a nature, that if that pasture fail, it grows languid, and as it were lean, like the body when deprived of food. That pasture denotes the good and truth which recreate and sustain the soul and spirit of man, is clear from the lord's words in John, "I am the door, by me if any one enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture," where pasture denotes the goods and truths belonging to those who acknowledge the lord, and seek life from him alone. AC 6073.
Verse 4. Enter his gates with confession, (or thanksgiving), his courts with praise; confess to him, bless his name, where confession and confessing, or thanksgiving, proceeds-from the love of good, but praise and blessing from the love of truth. AC 3880.
Real confession of the heart, inasmuch as it is grounded in celestial love, is in a general sense confession; the man who is in this confession, acknowledges that all good is from the lord, and that all evil is from himself; and when he is in this acknowledgement, he is in a state of humiliation, for he acknowledges in such case, that the lord is every thing belonging to him, and that he himself is respectively nothing; and when confession is made from this state, it is then grounded in celestial love. AC 3880.PSALMS 100 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page