16:2 And when David had made an end of offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he a blessed the people in the name of the LORD.
(a) He called upon the Name of God, desiring him
to prosper the people, and give good success to their beginnings.
16:4 And he appointed
[certain] of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to b
record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:
(b) That is, God's benefits to his people.
Then on that day David c delivered first
[this psalm] to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.
(c) David gave them this Psalm to praise the
Lord, signifying that in all our enterprises the Name of God should be praised
and called upon.
16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his
name, make known his d deeds among the
(d) Of which this is the chiefest, that he has
chosen himself a Church to call upon his name.
16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk
ye of all his e wondrous works.
(e) Who of his wonderful providence has chosen a
few of the stock of Abraham to be his children.
Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the f
judgments of his mouth;
(f) In overcoming Pharaoh, which judgments were
declared by God's mouth to Moses.
16:13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye
children of Jacob, his g chosen ones.
(g) Meaning by this that the promise of adoption
only belongs to the Church.
When ye were but h few, even a few, and
strangers in it.
(h) Meaning, from the time that Abraham entered,
to the time that Jacob went into Egypt for famine.
16:21 He suffered
no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved i
kings for their sakes,
(i) As Pharaoh and Abimelech.
16:22 [Saying], Touch not mine k
anointed, and do my l prophets no harm.
(k) My elect and those whom I have sanctified.
(l) To whom God declared his word and they
declared it to their posterity.
For all the gods of the people [are] m
idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
(m) His strong faith appears in this, though all
the world would follow idols, yet he would cleave to the living God.
n Fear before him, all the earth: the
world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
(n) Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of
16:31 Let the o
heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let [men] say among the nations,
The LORD reigneth.
(o) He exhorts the dumb creatures to rejoice with
him in considering the greatness of the grace of God.
16:33 Then shall
the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to
p judge the earth.
(p) To restore all things to their estate.
16:35 And say ye,
Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the
heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, [and] q
glory in thy praise.
(q) He esteems this to be the chiefest happiness
16:36 Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel for
ever and ever. And all the people said, r
Amen, and praised the LORD.
(r) He wills all the people both in heart and
mouth to consent to those praises.
And with s them Heman and Jeduthun, and
the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the
LORD, because his mercy [endureth] for ever;
(s) With Zadok and the rest of the priests.
16:43 And all the
people departed every man to his house: and David returned to t
bless his house.
(t) Declaring that after our duty to God we are
chiefly bound to our own house, for which as for all other things we should
pray to God, and instruct our families to praise his Name.