Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 137

The psalmist praises God for answering Prayer. (1-5) The
Lord's dealing with the humble and the proud. (6-8)

1-5 When we can praise God with our whole Heart, we need not be
unwilling for the whole world to Witness our gratitude and joy
in him. Those who rely On his loving-kindness and Truth through
Jesus Christ, will ever find him Faithful to his Word. If he
spared not his own Son, how shall he not with him freely give us
all things? If God gives us strength in our souls, to Bear the
burdens, resist the temptations, and to do the duties of an
afflicted state, if he strengthens us to keep Hold of himself By
Faith, and to wait with patience for the event, we are bound to
be thankful.

6-8 Though the Lord is high, yet he has respect to every lowly,
humbled sinner; but the proud and unbelieving will be banished
far from his blissful presence. Divine consolations have enough
in them to revive us, even when we walk in the midst of
troubles. And God will save his own people that they may be
revived By the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life and Holiness. If
we give to God the Glory of his Mercy, we may take to ourselves
the comfort. This confidence will not do away, but quicken
Prayer. Whatever good there is in us, it is God Works in us both
to will and to do. The Lord will perfect the Salvation of every
true believer, and he will never forsake those whom he has
created anew in Christ Jesus unto good Works.