Perfected Praise Awaits in Zion

Psalm 65:1
NASB … There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God, And to You the vow will be performed.

Young’s … To Thee, silence — praise, O God, is in Zion, And to Thee is a vow completed.

Does this mean praise is silent? Or silence is praise?

No, rather it refers to a state where heart has made itself ready, it is still, in a state of expectant peace, at rest – where nothing would meet it’s needs but praise full of the expression of God’s goodness and majesty.

Psalm 76:2 His tabernacle is in Salem; His dwelling place also is in Zion.

In Zion praise is perfected; arising from perfect peace and rest in the Lord.

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. -Ps 50:2

How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah. How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion! When they walk through the Valley of (Baca)Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs, where pools of blessing collect after the rains! They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion. -Ps 84:4-7

Oh Lord, give us a longing, a yearning for Your courts. Let our hearts be highways of praise that lead straight into the refreshing of Your presence, Your beauty. Let this fullnees of joy in Your presence be our strength, allowing pools of blessings to collect, resfreshing us as well as others.

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Word Study

From NetBible Ps 65:1
*It would be wrong to keep silence when praise is due, so praise awaits(befits) God in Zion

  • There will be silence[01747] = still waiting, expectation
  • Zion[06726] = parched place
  • vow[05088] = offering
  • performed[07999] = to be in a covenant of peace, be at peace

From Ps 65:1 Commentary

  • Barnes’ Notes
    “Praise is silent.” The Hebrew is, “To thee is silence-praise,” – a kind of compound phrase, not meaning “silent praise,” but referring to a condition where everything is ready; where the preparations have been entirely made; where the noise usually attendant on preparation has ceased, and all is in readiness as if waiting for that for which the arrangements had been carried forward. The noise of building – of preparation – was now hushed, and all was calm. The language here would also denote the state of feeling in an individual or an assembly, when the heart was prepared for praise; when it was filled with a deep sense of the majesty and goodness of God; when all feelings of anxiety were calmed down, or were in a state of rest; when the soul was ready to burst forth in expressions of thanksgiving, and nothing would meet its needs but praise.
  • Gill’s Exposition
    Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion,…. Who dwells in Sion, as Jarchi interprets it; and so the Targum; whose Shechinah, or glorious Majesty, is in Sion; see Psalm 76:2; … the saints are continually praising the Lord here, giving thanks to him always for all things, Psalm 84:4; some render the words “praise is silent for thee” (e); because there is no end of it, as Jarchi observes; or, because of the greatness of the works of the Lord, praise cannot reach him, as Ben Melech expresses it. The greatest shouts, and loudest acclamations of praise, are but silence in comparison of what ought, if it could be expressed, on account of the nature, perfections, and works of God.
  • Matthew Henry
    All the praise the Lord receives from this earth is from Zion, being the fruit of the Spirit of Christ, and acceptable through him. Praise is silent unto thee, as wanting words to express the great goodness of God.

From NetBible Ps 76:2

  • Salem[08004] = peace
    the place of which Melchizedek was king
    Melchizedek[04442] = King of right, righteousness
    see [08003] = made ready, peaceable, perfect(-ed)
  • tabernacle[05520] = protective covering, sacred place of worship
  • dwelling place[04585] = habitation, refuge – resting place
  • Zion[06726] = parched place
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One Response to “Perfected Praise Awaits in Zion”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    Psalms 135:3 … Praise(shine) the LORD, for the LORD is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant(lovely, beautiful (physical)).

    Psalm 147:1 … Praise(shine) the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise(high praise) is beautiful.

    Psalm 33:1 … Rejoice(overcome, triumph) in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise(high praise) from the upright is beautiful.

    Psalm 48:1 … Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised(shine) In the city of our God, In His holy mountain.

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