The psalm begins and ends with ‘Hallelujah,’ and that sets the tone for it. Worship in the temple opens this song, and the worshippers are exhorted to magnify the Lord. Ten times in the first six verses, God’s Name is used as the object of praise. He is addressed as ‘Jah,’ the Lord most vehement, the sacred Name, three times; Jehovah, the self-existent, eternal One, six times, and Elohim, the supreme God, once. These Names and the glorious Being they describe parade across the vision of the writer.
Such a One is to be blest because of His greatness above all other gods. They are but products of man’s vain imagination, lifeless and useless. A man will become like his god, and to worship his own creation is the depths of ungodly egoism. But the Lord is the One who has created man, and acts sovereignly in the deliverance and maintenance of His people from a multitude of enemies. He is to be blest because of this, but especially for His elective choice. The children of Jacob, His spiritual seed, are His special jewels. A people shut up in His possession. This truth must stir the house of Israel to vocalise our praise.
1 Praise ye the Lord, the Lord's name praise;