“They have ears,” he says, “but they hear not.” Then what is the use of their ears? Neither any that go down into silence. “Whatsoever he hath pleased.” He hath willed it, and he hath done it. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. By William Gouge, D.D. This is one of the Psalms, which were sung by the Jews at the feast of the Passover. 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. We see the singerâs exhortation waâ¦ It is highly probable that they were sung by our Lord on that memorable night when he instituted the sacred feast which is to be the perpetual memorial of his death, “until he come.” They have, however, a message for us who are now gathered together here. Psalms 115:5. He hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. If they can bow down and worship such things as these, surely the worshippers are fitted for the gods, and the gods for the worshippers. 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. “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. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 115:1. Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. The Westminster divines had profound insight into Gods Word when they wrote the first question and answer to the Westminster Shorter Catechism: What is the chief end of man? (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical â¦ So wretched and so poor, Is from his gifts to draw a plea, And ask him still for more.â Psalms 116:14-16. Psalms 115:17. In one sense David speaks from an Old Covenant perspective. The work remains in print today in several editions. 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. 2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? What a blind man must he be who worships a blind god! Used by Permission. © 2020 Christianity.com. Israel's God is in the heavens, and is therefore supramundane in nature and life, and the absolutely unlimited One, who is able to do all things with a freedom that is conditioned only by Himself: quod vult, valet (Psalm 115:3 equals Psalm 135:6, Wisd. Why do the nations say, âWhere is their God?â Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Contributed by G W Bill Elliott Jr on Nov 27, 2019. based on 1 rating. Beware, I pray you, of a god that you make for yourself. Wherever there is right fear of God, there may be cheerful faith in him; those who reverence his word, may rely upon it. By trusting in him and praising him. (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. 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. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/psalms-115.html. Lord, do so for us; not that we may have the credit and comfort of it, but that they mercy and truth may have the glory of it. See Spurgeon's Sermon, "To Souls in Agony, " Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, No 1216. Yet these are the things that will be worshipped when the bell rings in an hour’s time,-these very things that have been dusted, and treated in this fashion, just like ordinary household ornaments. 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 â¦ Study Psalm 115 using Charles H. Spurgeonâs Treasury of David to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. It was originally published in 12mo, in 1542, ... A Commentary on Psalm 116. Verses 1-3. He had been mindful of Israel, and this guaranteed that he would still bless his people. Psalm 114-115. Commentaries for Psalm Chapter 115 Glory to be ascribed to God. You have the words of eternal life(John 6:68). Whole Psalm. 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. Wherever there is right fear of God, there may be cheerful faith in him; those who reverence his word, may rely upon it. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. Psalm 8 â The Glory of God in Creation. Psalm 115:1-18: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the abridged Expositor's Bible Commentary notes! Spurgeon's wife said that if Spurgeon had never written any other work, this would have been a permanent literary memorial. Bibliography InformationSpurgeon, Charle Haddon. 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! Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. Others are dead, and an end is thereby put to their service, therefore we will seek to do the more for God. How can a man call that a “god”, which did not make him, but which he himself made? The lectionary readings for this Sunday offer a variety of preachable texts. Read Psalm 115:12 commentary using The Treasury of David. | 1,127 â¦ Truly, their idols are reason and thought-the work of men’s brains. 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. The preceding Psalm is a Passion Psalm, and it is now followed by a Psalm of Christ's Resurrection, Ascension, and Session in glory. All this is false. They are without feeling,-so the original tells us; yet they have hands, but they are useless. (1-8) by trusting in him and praising him. 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. 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. Reprinted, with S. Smith, on. Why do you present praises to images that know not what you are saying? Browse Sermons on Psalm 115:1. Answer: Mans chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Study This. O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. The greatest need his blessing, and it shall not be denied to the meanest that fear him. Psalm 115:14-15. He testifies of God's worksâ his wondrous worksâ Christ's work for us; the Holy Spirit's work in us. There is even a text from Sirach 10:12-18, providing the preacher an opportunity to acquaint the congregation with â¦ Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 112" Nor art thou even waxing weak; wilt thou not let the heathen know that they are resisting thee in vain? Psalm 115:1-18. God's blessing gives an increase, especially in spiritual blessings. 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. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. He is ever found faithful. All the good we do, is done by the power of his grace; and all the good we have, is the gift of his mere mercy, and he must have all the praise. You cannot communicate anything to them; so, why do you utter prayers to a thing that cannot hear what you say? Let no opinion of our own merits have any place in our prayers or in our praises... View the entire commentary. What a grand sentence that is. The Psalm begins abruptly with an angry interrogation; and well it may: iâ¦ Then I called on the name of Yahweh: âYahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul.â âI love Yahweh, because â¦ He is ever found faithful. A god that I could excogitate from my own brain must, of necessity, be no god. He who walks uprightly: In describing the character of the man who can live in Godâs presence David begins with two general descriptions (walks uprightly, and works righteousness).i. Psalms 115:8. S. Conway . Now, brethren, recollect that there is a spiritual idolatry that is very much in vogue nowadays. To Israel, recently returned from exile, that taunt still seemed to sound in their ears. The special promise of blessing which is added in Psalm 115:14 is an echo of Deuteronomy 1:11, as in 2 Samuel 24:3. Psalms 115:1-2. 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. We have seen the same connection in Ps. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. He who walks uprightly,And works righteousness,And speaks the truth in his heart;He who does not backbite with his tongue,Nor does evil to his neighbor,Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;a. 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. 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. Glory to be ascribed to God. Perhaps someone asks, “Is it not a religion?” Yes, a religion for fools; but not for those who think. Psalms 115:17-18. ... or Psalm 115 according to the Latin Version. O ye who are his ministers, the house of Aaron, specially devoted to his service, you know him best, and you should trust him most! A Psalm of David.It indicates the audience of the psalm (the Chief Musician), the author of the psalm (of David) and the sound of the psalm (the instrument of Gath). The Lord shall increase you more and more â In number, power, and in all temporal and spiritual blessings, notwithstanding the efforts of your many enemies to diminish, weaken, and distress you. This Psalm, the shortest portion of the Book of God, is quoted and given much value to, in Ro 15:11. This may in part account for the fact that he is not known, and not honoured among men. 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. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. 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. A god that a man can comprehend is not really a god at all. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. But our God is in the heavens: Where they cannot see him. Why should the Gentiles say, âSo where is their God?â But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. After all, his eternal purposes are continually being fulfilled. And upon this it has been profitably observed, "It is a small portion of Scripture, and such as we might easily overlook it. Psalms 116:13. The wonderful character of these works of God, a wide field for devout study. 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." It is a statement that should govern my thought life and all my behavior: Does this glorify God? They are the works of men's hands: the painter, the carver, the statuary, can put no life into them, therefore no sense. 1631. We have, in these first three verses, a description of the hatred of human nature against the Christ of God. Praise the LORD. Let no opinion of our own merits have any place in our prayers or in our praises. a. 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