The LORD brings the counsel of the heathen to nothing: he makes the devices of the people of none effect.…
This psalm is a psalm of praise and thanksgiving upon the subject of God's works of creation and providence; and the author seems in his enumeration of the works of God to equal the wonders of Providence with those of Creation (ver. 6). Now the psalmist thus joins them together because of the deliverances that he and his people had experienced. And we as a nation have known like deliverances.
1. The providence of God presides over and governs all things, and has a peculiar influence upon all the great events that happen unto men.
2. This, as it is observable in all the great periods of every particular man's life, so it is more especially and remarkably true, in respect of such events, wherein the fates of whole nations and kingdoms are concerned.
(J. Clarke, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.