“v. 8 – the attributes of God are the foundation of all true religion.
v. 9 – All God’s servants are poor in spirit, afflicted by some means, or in some way, especially by their sins, humble on account of past transgressions and present infirmities, lowly in mind and heart. Such are in a temper to be guided. We know nothing as we ought to know it until we are taught from heaven.
v. 10 – Perseverance in duty is the only infallible mark to ourselves and the world that we are born of God. Nothing can be a substitute for this.
v. 11 – Great sins demand great displays of grace, and great displays of grace are wondrously to the glory of God. Dickson: Though the course of kindness and mercy seem to be interrupted by affliction and temporal desertion, and to be forgotten on God’s part; yet faith must make use of experiences, and read them over unto God out of the register of a sanctified memory.
v. 12 – This is the crowning glory of true religion. It overcomes the strongest national, personal and religious prejudices; it controls the mightiest passions and inclinations of men.
Let men know that their conduct will have a vast bearing for good or evil on those who come after them. A religious experience that has all joys and no pangs in it is good for nothing.
And a thousand things, which to the world are enigmas and paradoxes, are to them glorious truths, full of light and full of comfort.
It is an unspeakable mercy to be brought in our early years to love and serve God, and to keep his commandments. Many harrowing recollections and tormenting reflections are thus avoided.
The road to heaven is soaked with the tears and blood of the saints.
God is the sole author of conversion, pardon and salvation.
From “Psalms” by William S. Plumer, p. 333-342