1. sing ... name -- celebrate Thy perfections.
2. in the morning, ... every night -- diligently and constantly (Ps 42:8).
loving kindness -- literally, "mercy."
faithfulness -- in fulfilling promises (Ps 89:14).
3. In such a work all proper aid must be used.
with a ... sound -- or, on Higgaion (see on Ps 9:16), perhaps an instrument of that name, from its sound resembling the muttered sound of meditation, as expressed also by the word. This is joined with the harp.
4. thy work -- that is, of providence (Ps 90:16, 17).
5. great ... works -- correspond to deep or vast thoughts (Ps 40:5; Ro 11:23).
6. A brutish man knoweth not -- that is, God's works, so the Psalmist describes himself (Ps 73:22) when amazed by the prosperity of the wicked, now understood and explained.
8. This he does in part, by contrasting their ruin with God's exaltation and eternity.
most high -- as occupying the highest place in heaven (Ps 7:7; 18:16).
9, 10. A further contrast with the wicked, in the lot of the righteous, safety and triumph.
10. horn ... exalt -- is to increase power (Ps 75:5).
anointed ... fresh -- or, "new"
oil -- (Ps 23:5) a figure for refreshment (compare Lu 7:46). Such use of oil is still common in the East.
11. see ... [and] ... hear my desire -- or, literally, "look on" my enemies and hear of the wicked (compare Ps 27:11; 54:7) -- that is, I shall be gratified by their fall.
12-14. The vigorous growth, longevity, utility, fragrance, and beauty of these noble trees, set forth the life, character, and destiny of the pious;
15. and they thus declare God's glory as their strong and righteous ruler.