The Lord shall increase you more and more — In number, power, and in all temporal and spiritual blessings, notwithstanding the efforts of your many enemies to diminish, weaken, and distress you. Psalms 115:1-2. After all, his eternal purposes are continually being fulfilled. Psalms 115:3. Psalm 115:1-18. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. The lectionary readings for this Sunday offer a variety of preachable texts. You have the words of eternal life(John 6:68). The contracted future יסף we take in a consolatory sense; for as an optative it would be too isolated here. We see the singer’s exhortation wa… Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 115:1. Psalms 115:4. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. And their contrast is in this, that, while the heavens are out of the reach of man, the expression and result of forces which he cannot control, the earth is what man makes it. So wretched and so poor, Is from his gifts to draw a plea, And ask him still for more.” Psalms 116:14-16. 45-47. By William Gouge, D.D. Now little ones, look out for the blessing that is meant for you: “He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.” Those who have but little faith, little joy, little grace, little growth, yet still he will bless. 2011. We will not only do it ourselves, but will engage others to do it; to praise him when we are gone. Neither any that go down into silence. This is one of the Psalms, which were sung by the Jews at the feast of the Passover. Spurgeon's wife said that if Spurgeon had never written any other work, this would have been a permanent literary memorial. “Feet have they, but they walk not.” They could not even mount to their shrines by themselves, they must be lifted there, and fastened with nails into their sockets. They talk about what he did when he brought his people up out of Egypt; but they tauntingly ask, “Where is now their God?” Thou art not dead, O God! It was originally published in 12mo, in 1542, ... A Commentary on Psalm 116. I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice: The Psalms 115:3. S. Conway . Praise the LORD. It is folly to trust in dead images, but it is wisdom to trust in the living God, for he is a help and a shield to those that trust in him. By trusting in him and praising him. 1631. 2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? He hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. The heathen gods are senseless things. Let no opinion of our own merits have any place in our prayers or in our praises... View the entire commentary. In this psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man and his destiny reflect upon God. Psalms 116:13. Charles Spurgeon had high praise for Psalm 114, the second in the series of psalms known as the Egyptian Hallel and sung as part of Israel’s Passover ceremony: “This sublime SONG OF THE EXODUS is one and indivisible. The greatest need his blessing, and it shall not be denied to the meanest that fear him. Psalm 8 – The Glory of God in Creation. The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. This shows the amount that a man will spend upon making to himself a god that is no god; but what a fool he is to do so! In one sense David speaks from an Old Covenant perspective. Eyes have they, but they see not: they have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. Is it not a solecism,-a contradiction, to speak of a blind god? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. i. This shows the amount that a man will spend upon making to himself a god that is no god; but what a fool he is to do so! 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. The idols cannot communicate anything to him; it is not possible for them to speak any word of encouragement, or threatening, or promise: “They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they.” Some idols had precious gems placed in their heads, to appear like eyes; but they cannot see through them, for they are blind. “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.”. They hold out a “larger hope” that the wicked will all be restored to God’s favor; if that should be the case, there would be no justice left upon the face of the earth or in heaven either. The title of this psalm reads, To the Chief Musician. The first of this set of sentences seems to me to he addressed by way of exhortation, but the second is a sort of soliloquy in which the psalmist, having exhorted others to trust, says, “Well they may trust, for God is both their active and their passive Helper: their help and their shield.” O you who know him, and love him, you who are of the house of Israel, however other men may turn aside to idols, keep yourselves steadfast to Jehovah, and trust in him even when he is mocked and ridiculed! Mere metal,-called precious metal, yet, if made into idols, no better than any other metal. They have mouths, but they speak not: I want you to notice how the psalmist seems to have an image before him, and he points first to its head, and mocks at its different parts; and then he points to its hands, and its feet, and he utters scathing sarcasm’s about the whole person of the idol god. Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. “Whatsoever he hath pleased.” He hath willed it, and he hath done it. But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. The Heathen Taunt, And What Came Of It . This is a curious way of rendering anything, yet you know that John Newton’s hymn says, — “The best return for one like me. a. O Israel, trust in the LORD: Knowing the folly of idolatry should renew our trust in the true God and compel us to look to Him as our help and shield. Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Psalms 115:17. Contributed by G W Bill Elliott Jr on Nov 27, 2019. based on 1 rating. The Gospel is the story about being asked to move up at a banquet; this is itself an expansion of the OT lesson, Proverbs 25:6-7. What a grand sentence that is. The present psalm grows up from the former Psalm, as the Hill of Olivet, the Hill of Ascension, rises up from the Vale of Gethsemane below it. Others are dead, and an end is thereby put to their service, therefore we will seek to do the more for God. He is ever found faithful. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. He says, "This Psalm is a threefold engagement of the Psalmist unto thanksgiving unto God, for his mercy unto him, and in particular for some notable delivery of … A god that a man can comprehend is not really a god at all. This Psalm, the shortest portion of the Book of God, is quoted and given much value to, in Ro 15:11. Their god does not hear prayer, because it would be absurd, they say, to suppose that prayer can have any effect on Deity. Beware, I pray you, of a god that you make for yourself. Lord, thou art the only object for faith and love. Study Psalm 115 using Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. O all of you, proselytes of the gate, who are not of the seed of Israel, still fear Jehovah, and trust in him, for he is your help and your shield! Psalms 115 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. “They have ears, but they hear not.” “Noses have they.” I note the grim sarcasm of this remark of the psalmist; it reminds me of Elijah’s taunting words to the prophets of Baal, “Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.” The ancient Hebrews were not accustomed to treat idolatry with any kind of respect; they poured all sorts of ridicule upon it. (Read Psalm 115:9-18) It is folly to trust in dead images, but it is wisdom to trust in the living God, for he is a help and a shield to those that trust in him. Please read Psalm 115 completely before beginning. Certain “thinkers”-as they delight to call themselves, whose religion is known as “modern thought”,-do not accept the one living and true God as he reveals himself in the Old and the New Testaments; but they make a god out of what they are pleased to call their own consciousness. But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. The Futility of Idols and the Trustworthiness of God - Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth. His decrees can never fail to be accomplished. Perhaps someone asks, “Is it not a religion?” Yes, a religion for fools; but not for those who think. We have seen the same connection in Ps. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. That is to say, they are as stupid and doltish as the idols they make. “They have ears,” he says, “but they hear not.” Then what is the use of their ears? 22-24, and in Ps. But not so the Holy Ghost. 3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. The dead praise not the LORD, No song comes up from that dark charnel house, no praise ascends to God from those that are asleep in the grave. Hebrew, יס Å  עליכם, the Lord shall add to you, namely, further and greater blessings. Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. Shall a man believe a dumb thing to be a god? This may in part account for the fact that he is not known, and not honoured among men. You cannot communicate anything to them; so, why do you utter prayers to a thing that cannot hear what you say? They cannot stretch out their hands to help their votaries. We have, in these first three verses, a description of the hatred of human nature against the Christ of God. In this we have something of Peter’s heart when he said, Lord, to whom shall we go? —David Dickson has a somewhat singular division of this Psalm, which strikes us as being exceedingly suggestive. “They have mouths.” To carry out their idea of God, the makers of idols have given them mouths; but they cannot speak through them, they are dumb. One of the saddest sights to my mind,-too sad to be ludicrous,-is to see a Popish chapel, as I have often seen it, when the verger is up on the top of the altar, taking down the various images, and dusting the dolls. 115 Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake. The psalmist hence shows the folly of the worshippers of idols. Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Truly, their idols are reason and thought-the work of men’s brains. Take God as you find him in this Book, and worship him; otherwise, you will find that there may be mental idols as well as idols of silver, and gold, and wood, and stone. Why do you present praises to images that know not what you are saying? Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. God must be infinitely greater than the human mind; he must be beyond our utmost conception,-of whom we can know but little compared with what he really is, and that little he must himself reveal to us. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. It is a statement that should govern my thought life and all my behavior: Does this glorify God? (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. To Israel, recently returned from exile, that taunt still seemed to sound in their ears. Psalms 115:5. "Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible". O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. Nowadays, we are expected to speak very respectfully concerning all false religions, and some philosophers and divines tell us that there is something good in them all; and they say that modern Papistry, with its gods many, and its rotten rags and cast clouts, which they call relics, is to be treated very delicately. He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. He is not a thwarted and defeated God,-not one who has to wait upon his creatures to know their pleasure; but “he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.” How absolute and unlimited those words are! Browse Sermons on Psalm 115:1. Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?” But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. But that is just where he should be-in his own royal pavilion, seated upon his own throne,-out of gunshot of all his enemies,-where he can survey the whole world, where he is dependent upon none, but absolutely supreme over all: “Our God is in the heavens. “The God of Abraham praise.” “The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob,” the God of the whole earth shall he be called; “the God that led his people out of Egypt, the God of Sinai is the God and Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ;” and “this God is our God for ever and ever.” Ours is no new religion; it is the religion of Jehovah worship, and to this we will cling, whoever may oppose. God's blessing gives an increase, especially in spiritual blessings. The wonderful character of these works of God, a wide field for devout study. (9-18). Psalms 115 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. The preceding Psalm is a Passion Psalm, and it is now followed by a Psalm of Christ's Resurrection, Ascension, and Session in glory. O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. Whole Psalm. “Noses have they, but they smell not.” Their devotees fill the room with the smoke of incense; they burn sweet spices before the idols, but their nostrils are not thereby gratified. And the Lord is to be praised: his goodness is large, for he has given the earth to the children of men for their use. Psalm 115:1-18: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. As for the heathen who say, “Where is now their God?” we may ask, in holy derision, “Where are their gods, and what sort of gods are they?” The psalmist gives the answer. The souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burdens of the flesh, are still praising him; but the dead body cannot praise God: death puts an end to our glorifying him in this world of trial and conflict. © 2020 But, whatever others may do, or not do, let us praise the name of the Lord. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. He, of course, pays them no sort of reverence, but dusts them as your servant does the things in your bedchamber or your drawing room. 12:18, and … No better comment is needed upon it than the apostolic song in Acts 4:27-28: "For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done." ... or Psalm 115 according to the Latin Version. I love the LORD, because He has heardMy voice and my supplications.Because He has inclined His ear to me,Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.a. Psalms 115:5-7. Bibliography InformationSpurgeon, Charle Haddon. Reprinted, with S. Smith, on. Nor art thou even waxing weak; wilt thou not let the heathen know that they are resisting thee in vain?
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