Ps 87:1-7. This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on Ps 46:1, title]. The writer celebrates the glory of the Church, as the means of spiritual blessing to the nation.
1. His -- that is, God's
foundation -- or, what He has founded, that is, Zion (Isa 14:32).
is in the holy mountains -- the location of Zion, in the wide sense, for the capital, or Jerusalem, being on several hills.
2. gates -- for the enclosures, or city to which they opened (Ps 9:14; 122:2; compare Ps 132:13, 14).
3. spoken of thee -- or, |in thee,| that is, the city of God (Ps 46:4; 48:2).
4. This is what is spoken by God.
to them ... me -- literally, |for My knowers,| they are true worshippers (Ps 36:10; Isa 19:21). These are mentioned as specimens.
this -- that is, nation
was born there -- Of each it is said, |This was born,| or is a native of Zion, spiritually.
5. The writer resumes --
This and that man -- literally, |man and man,| or many (Ge 14:10; Ex 8:10, 14), or all (Isa 44:5; Ga 3:28).
the highest ... her -- God is her protector.
6. The same idea is set forth under the figure of a register made by God (compare Isa 4:3).
7. As in a great procession of those thus written up, or registered, seeking Zion (Isa 2:3; Jer 50:5), |the singers| and |players,| or pipers, shall precede.
all my springs -- So each shall say, |All my sources of spiritual joy are in Thee| (Ps 46:4; 84:6).