Psalm 14:7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad! Response : O that salvation, etc. Like as when we are quiet, we do pray either nothing at all, or very coldly unto God; so in adversity and trouble, our spirit is stirred up and enkindled to prayer, as David did; so that affliction is as it were the sauce of prayer, as hunger is unto meat. Truly their prayer is usually unsavoury who are without afflictions, and many of them do not pray truly, but do rather counterfeit a prayer, or pray for custom.
Out of Zion. Zion, the church is no Saviour, neither dare we trust in her ministers or ordinances, and yet salvation comes to men through her. The hungry multitudes are fed by the hands of the disciples, who delight to act as those who serve the gospel feast. Zion becomes the site of the fountain of healing waters which shall flow east and west till all nations drink thereat. What a reason for maintaining in the utmost purity and energy all the works of the church of the living God!
When the Lord restores his people: then shall Jacob rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. Notice that by Israel we are to understand those other sheep which the Lord has that are not of this fold, but which he must also bring, that they may hear his voice. For it is Israel, not Judah; Sion, not Jerusalem. When the Lord turns the captivity of his people. Then, as it is in the parallel passage, were we like unto them that dream. A glorious dream indeed, beyond our imagination in beauty and splendour. The captivity of our souls to the law of desire, of our bodies to the law of death; the captivity of our senses to fear; and finally the captivity of Christ over death.
“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 He has won the final victory for us. Let us sing with joy.. we are no longer in captivity… we belong to the Victor and are free indeed from the bondage of sin. So let us sing the songs of Zion. Praise the Lord!