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A Psalm of David.
Celebration of the lord by the church; that the lord is to be worshiped from the Word, wherein is his Divine truth, verses 1 to 5; that there is salvation from the lord for those who are humble, and life and protection, verses 6 to 8.
Verse 1. Before the gods will I sing praise to you. By gods in a good sense are meant the angels, who are called gods, because they are substances, or forms recipient of truth in which is good from the lord; the angels, consequently the truths of good which are from the lord, are meant by gods in the above words.
Verse 2. I will bow myself down towards your holy temple. By temple, in a supreme sense, the lord is signified as to his Divine Humanity, in particular as to Divine truth; but in a representative sense, by temple is signified the lord's church in heaven; as also the lord's church in the world. That temple in a supreme sense signifies the lord as to his Divine Humanity, and in particular as to Divine truth, is evident from these passages: "Behold the lord whom you seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant," Malachi 3:1; "I will bow myself down towards your holy temple" Psalm 138:2; the temple of the holiness of jehovah, or the lord, is his Divine Humanity, for that is bowed down to, looked to, and prayed to, and not the temple only, for the temple in itself is not holy, it is called the temple of holiness, because holiness is predicated of Divine truth. AR 191.
Verse 8. Forsake not the work of your hands. All things which are done by the lord, are called the works of his hands, which are proper to him, and in themselves are goods and truths; as in these passages: "The works of jehovah's hands are truth and judgements," Psalm 111:7; "O jehovah, your mercy is everlasting; forsake not the work of your hands" Psalm 138:8. AR 457.PSALMS 138 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page