1 I will extol thee, O Jehovah; for thou hast raised me
And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
1-13. The glorification of the Human of the Lord after He has suffered temptations, even the last of them which as that of the cross. P. P.
2 O Jehovah my God,
I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
2 That the Lord alone preserves from evils is evident from the signification of healing, as relieving and also reserving from evils, for diseases signify evils. A. 8365.
3 O Jehovah, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol;
Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down
to the pit.
4 That pits are falsities is because men who have been in principles of falsity are kept after death awhile under the lower earth, until falsities have been removed from them, and as it were rejected to the sides. A. 4728.
See Psalm vi. 6. E. 186.
4 Sing praise unto Jehovah, O ye saints of his,
And give thanks to his holy memorial name.
5 Memorial — remembrance — is predicated of the quality of the Divine in worship, as to both truth and good, and specifically as to good. A. 6888.
5 For his anger is but for a moment;
His favor is for a lifetime:
Weeping may tarry for the night,
But joy cometh in the morning.
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
I shall never be moved.
7 Thou, Jehovah, of thy favor hadst made my mountain
to stand strong:
Thou didst hide thy face; I was troubled.
8 I cried to thee, O Jehovah;
And unto Jehovah I made supplication:
9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to
the pit ?
Shall the dust praise thee ? shall it declare thy truth ?
10 Hear, O Jehovah, and have mercy upon me:
Jehovah, be thou my helper.
6 “The morning cometh and also the night “—Isaiah xxi.
11, 12 — signifies that although those have illumination who are of the New Church, yet that it is still night to those who are in the old. The like is signified by morning here. A. 10134.
When the light of truth appears and truth is received the state of the church in the world is as morning and day, when the light of truth does not appear, and truth is not received, the state of the church in the world is as evening and night. C. J. 13.
Every man who is born in the church, or in whom the church has commenced first comes into its light such as it is in the dawn and morning. Coro. 5.
8 See Psalm xiii. 2. R. 939.
See Psalm xiii. 2. E. 412.
11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing;
Thou hast loosed my sackcloth, and girded me with
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and
not be silent.
O Jehovah my God, I will give thanks unto thee for
12 Dancing is here predicated of truths, and joy of goods, and so loosening sackcloth stands for taking away mourning over destroyed good. A. 4779.
Since in ancient times the gladnesses which excelled all others were spiritual gladnesses, that is from affections of spiritual loves which were those of good and truth, therefore also it was then allowed to adjoin dances to songs and musical harmonies, and so likewise in these ways to testify joy. This is why dances are mentioned in the Word, and thereby are signified gladnesses of affections for truth, or faith from good or charity. A. 8339.
Since in the Word internal things are described by external, so also the joys and gladnesses which are in the interiors of man by plays — or sports — and dances. A. 10416.
Mourning on account of vastated truth in the church was represented by putting on sackcloth. R. 492.
Sack signifies mourning, and to gird a sack over the body instead of a garment signifies mourning on account of the truth of the church being destroyed. E. 637.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)