WordPress, https://www.christkirk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2299.mp3, The Law of Unsolved Murder (Christendom 2.0). The psalmist calls to them too: “O praise the Lord, all you atheist nations.”, God sees Europeans and Americans seeking a solution to their problems in humanism and materialism, in pleasureseeking and money making, in permissiveness, in drugs and drink. Study Psalm 117 using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Psalm 116 Psalm 117 Psalm 118 Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. ◄ Psalm 117:2 ► For great is His loving devotion to us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. All of that, I suspect, is intended to draw it to our attention. He nailed down his point with a quotation from this minipsalm. The problem was solved at Calvary. We would advertise to the universe that we have no comprehension of Him at all, no real understanding of the greatness and the cost of our salvation. That is the missionary message of this psalm. They may let themselves go, foolishly handing mind and body over to the control of they know not what. Psalms 113-118 are recited verbatimby observant Jews on all Jewish holidays involving communal salvation, most especially Passover. That is the note that rings down through this Great Hallel: “Praise the Lord!”. And the crowd goes wild! Commentary for Psalms 117 . For great is his love toward us,and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.Praise the Lord.#:2 Hebrew Hallelu Yah Praise the LORD! Psalm 121 is a psalm about trusting in God’s providential care. In their law and through their prophets, the world saw evidence of their access to higher truth. Mercy at the expense of truth would turn Heaven into hell and drive God from His throne. The Holy Spirit calls on the Gentile nations to praise the Lord. How the heart of our God yearns over lost men and women. Â© 2019 Preaching.com. There is always the temptation to overlook the little fellow. If that were so, there could be no hope; it would mean thatGod would have to deny His own holy character. In fact many families read this Psalm out loud together before going on a trip. The child of Bethlehem was the Ancient of Days; the Son of God became the Son of Man; the eternal, uncreated, selfexisting One was now also a man born to die. A section in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is devoted to discoveries that have revolutionized modern medical science. The batsman spits on his hand and looks anxiouslyat the bases, at the pitcher, at the crowd. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. “O praise the Lord, all you Western lands.”. God loves Gentiles just as much as He loves Jews. God calls all people to worship Him. The ball soars up, up, straight and true, and flies clean out of the park. “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: Praise Him, all ye people.”, A. “Praise Him, all ye people.” The psalmist now uses a different word for praise, a comparatively rare word, one that occurs only four times in the Psalms. Love compromises. Psalm 117 INTRODUCTION: I like it when we have these Combined Services. Although short, this psalm packs a heavy punch. Psalm 117 Sometimes the shortest chapters or verses in the Bible are the most provocative. There is a solid resounding smack as a good connection is made between bat and ball. We are not to do things that might cause someone else to stumble. For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD endures forever. For His merciful kindness is great toward us,And the truth of the LORD endures forever. There must be a purpose for including a psalm of just two verses and only 17 Hebrew words. Praise ye the Lord. He sees Hindus chained to idols, revering cows, crocodiles, insects, vermin,and rats. The beginning, the ending and the point, of the Psalm. Read the notes in Psalm 113 in this set of psalms. Psalm 117 is memorable as the shortest psalm in the Hebrew hymnbook, the shortest chapter in the Bible, and (someone has calculated) as the center chapter of the Bible. ( B) great is his steadfast love toward us, and. It is quoted by Paul in the New Testament in connection with the work of Christ. When Jesus came to Bethlehem, something unique happened in the universe. David tried it with Absalom and, before long, he had a rebellion on his hands which drove him out of Jerusalem and into the jaws of death. This means the Sermon needs to be written early ...read more All Rights Reserved. God has a binary star,the bright and morning star. This Psalm, which is very little in its letter, is exceedingly large in its spirit; for, bursting beyond all bounds of race or nationality, it calls … Extol him, all peoples! As Rotherham says, “We heartily thank them for this their Passover invitation.” And we hasten to join them – only we will join them on the ground not of a foretelling Passover but of a fulfilled Passover. The Little âCâ Catholic Church Explained, Associate Minister (#232611) - USA Midwest (OH), Executive Family Ministry Pastor (#232336) - USA Midwest (MI), Senior/Lead Pastor (#232612) - USA Mid Atlantic (VA), CCPA – Do not sell my personal information. These are the groups that Jesus meant when he said, "This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations , and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). psalm 117 overview. By which is meant not only his great love toward the Jewish people, but towards the whole family of man. We have felt tension mount as the last batter comes out on the field. Let us remember that, if we are tempted to pay it scant heed. Even in their punishment and dispersal among the nations, they are a universal reminder to all that God is sovereign in human affairs: That Jewish dispersal gave wings to the gospel. That is our cause for praise. The repatriated remnant of the Jewish people will sing these words in a coming day when they are delivered from extermination in the fires of the great tribulation, when they look on Him whom they pierced, when they recognize at last in Jesus their Messiah. The truths expressed (actually commanded) are straightforward: Praise the Lord and laud the Lord, no matter who you are. The issue at stake in Paul’s argument was the bringing of Gentiles into the church of God on the same basis as Jews. The Jews had already spread the concept of the one true God to all nations by the time of Christ. But how do we keep our eyes on Jesus? Psalm 117. -- Psalm 117 Theme: A missionary psalm Outline 1 -- A call to all nations and peoples to praise Yahweh. His Steadfast Love Endures Forever. This one also concludes with that exclamation of praise. The Jews indeed were given light from God which the Gentiles neverhad, but they were never given love from God which the Gentiles did not have. 2 -- The reason: his mighty love for us all and his faithfulness prevails forever! This little psalm refuses to let us be overlooked. This is a very brief psalm, and is one that many of you can already sing from memory. What Psalm 117 means No wonder they sang, “His merciful kindness is great toward us.”. It was because “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.” It is not just the world of the elect as the extreme Calvinist would say, or just the world of the Jew as the rabbis ofold would have said. Before the discovery of chloroform even the simplest operation was a nightmare. He had been writing about accommodating the weaker brother, telling us that there are some matters about which we should be willing to give and take. He wrote (cited by C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David [Baker], 5:337), This is my psalm, my chosen psalm. Paul appealed to it in Romans 15 to show that God always had loved the Gentiles. 2. The World by Its Tribes Is Loudly Invited to Adore Him. This video is unavailable. “The Lord” is literally Jehovah Himself. 1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Without him we might have found ourselves secondclass citizens in the kingdom of God, poor brothers and sisters in the family of faith. “For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth forever.”. It includes a Passover invitation from Israel to the Gentiles, to come and join them in their Passover. Laud Him, all you peoples! "Introduction: This New Year is a good time to begin praising our Lord. An exhortation to praise God for his mercy and truth. Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? - Here is a solemn call to all nations to praise the Lord, and proper matter for that praise is suggested. The John Phillips Commentary Series from Kregel is available at your local or online Christian bookseller, or contact Kregel at (800) 733-2607. Now He had forgiven them, regathered them, given them a second chance. Sermon Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? Psalm 117 is a universal invitation to people everywhere to praise and brag on Jehovah because of His merciful love and faithfulness. For his merciful kindness is great toward us. Some Bible students think that this psalm was to start times of *worship in the *temple. 1. Today, this morning, I would like to teach you the importance of keeping your eyes on Jesus. At last God has uprooted them, allowed their temple to be burned to the ground, and ploughed Jerusalem like a farmer’s field. We are soon weary of well-doing, if we keep not up the pious and devout affections with which the spiritual sacrifice of praise ought to be kindled and kept burning. The Lord's Faithfulness Endures Forever. Psalm 117 is memorable as the shortest psalm in the Hebrew hymnbook, the shortest chapter in the Bible, and (someone has calculated) as the center chapter of the Bible. SUBJECT. Short as it is, the psalm divides into three parts. THIS psalm, like the 110th, seems to be altogether prophetical of the joy which all nations should conceive at the coming of the Messiah; to give salvation first to the Jews, and then to all other nations, according to his truth, Psalms 117… Since this is one of the six Egyptian Hallel Psalms (113-118), sung as part of the Passover service, Jesus would have sung Psalm 117 with His disciples (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26). Jesus went to Calvary to die for us, the Just for us the unjust,to bring us to God. 117. Devout Jews recite portions of this Psalm when they leave or enter their homes. God sees the millions of India and Japan bowing down to wood and stone. Nobody else. Traditionally, the Hallel (from the familiar word “hallelujah” meaning “thank God”) is sung before and after the Passover meal. The pitcher throws a fast ball. It would be as though a judge opened all the prisons and set free murderers and rapists, thieves and swindlers, just because He felt sorry forthem pining in prison. So we have the call to praise. 117:1 This Psalm begins and concludes with the Piel imperative, "Praise" (BDB 237, KB 248, cf. This is clear from Romans 15:7–8 where he speaks of Jesus coming through and for the Jews for the wider purpose of saving the nations (v. 9a). Notes • Praise • One of the Hallel Psalms (113-118). Strike two? The pitcher winds up for the kill. God took deity and humanity and so fused the one into the other that something new was brought into being – the person of Jesus. But although it is brief, it packs a throw weight that is considerable, and is a psalm of praise that encompasses the entire world. Psalm 117 1 Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. Jehovah Himself – Jesus Himself. This little fellow, however, has a mighty voice; he packs a powerful punch; he is not about to be ignored. They will tell you about Egyptian hallels. We all have either been to a ball game or seen one on television, when the bases were loaded and a home run was needed to win the game. Praise the Lord! Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Psalm 117 admonishes us to praise the Lord because of His great love and His ever-enduring faithfulness. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. Then, too, this is a millennial psalm. Strike one! Here just a few word, 30 in They are tied together and act and react the one on the other. They may get carried away with tongues. It is not truth at the expense of mercy. He pitches a curved ball. Psalm 113; LXX, Psalm 116). Psalm 117 Praise the Lord, all you nations;extol him, all you peoples. God is truth, hence He never alters. Not only that, but Praise is the … Psalm 117 This shortest of hymns calls on the nations to acknowledge God’s supremacy. He sees lands once ablaze with gospel truth now wrapped in darkness. Psalms 117. God does nothing without a purpose. “O praise the Lord, allyou idolatrous lands.”, B. That binary star is Jesus. “Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,” given a place of royalty in the millennial kingdom, they will sing “His merciful kindness is great toward us.” We, too, heirs to the spiritual promises to Abraham, we should sing this song. All people called upon to praise God. It pictured a distinguished, greyhaired man in an attitude of worship. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! It is a messianic psalm. To support his point, Paul quoted from Psalm 18:49, Deuteronomy 32:43, and Isaiah 11:10. Then, amid an avalanche of quotations he quoted from Psalm 117:1. I love them all; I love all holy Scripture, which is my consolation and my life. 2For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Through His relationship with Israel, the Gentiles nations saw His goodness and power revealed in miraculous ways. Once he was interviewedby a newspaper man who asked, “Sir, what do you consider your greatest discovery?” Sir James replied, “My greatest discovery was when I discovered I was a sinner in the sight of God.’ The newspaper man tried again: “Thank you, Sir James. That was God’s way of bringing mercy and truth together in an everlasting embrace. Psalm 117 “The truth of the Lord endureth forever” Though some have denied it an independent existence, attaching it to Psalm 116, Psalm 117 has all three elements of the hymn of praise: a call to praise (verse 1), a cause for praise (2a, b), and a conclusion, which, in this case, is a simple “praise ye the LORD” (verse 2c). 2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”. His kindness to all. Sir James Simpson was a Christian. The psalmist recounts: “For His merciful kindness is great toward us.” And so it is. But then he comes to a bedrock issue, a point of belief on which there can be no concession. He sees the clever Japanese make pilgrimages to shrines to worship the spirit of their ancestors. We are to bear the burden of the weak. “And again, `Praise the LORD, all ye Gentiles; and laud Him, all ye people.” (Romans 15:11). When this verse was quoted by the apostle Paul (Romans 15:11), his missionary outreach was to the Roman Christians. It rests on truth, the truth that Godcannot deny His own character. Used by permission of Kregel Publications. In this case, love goes on loving but stands its round and refuses to compromise. It is a travel Psalm. God’s mercy to them had just been written large on the page of history. He sees the Russians, Chinese, Cubans, Vietnamese, and His heart longs over them. He took our guilt that we might take His goodness, took our sinfulness that we might take His sinlessness, took our ruin that we might take His righteousness. So, it’s v… But this psalm is nearest my heart, and I have a peculiar right to call it mine. Nor is he about to be overshadowed by Psalm 119. 3 Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”. I do believe that is the case in this Psalm. “O praise the LORD, all ye nations.” The word for “praise” is hallel from which comes our transliterated “Hallelujah!” It means “to shine” or “to glorify” or, more commonly, simply “topraise.” The invitation is given to the millions of mankind, red and yellow, black and white, oriental and occidental, from pole to pole, from sea to sea, to come and praise the Lord. Psalm 117 may be the shortest chapter in the Bible, but it’s big on worship. “My second greatest discovery was when I discovered that Jesus died for a sinner like me.”, B. It brings us in as joint-heirs with Christ to join our voices with those who praise His Name. The Lasting Truth of the Lord (117:2b). The expression “merciful kindness” is the usual and oftenused expression in the psalms, “lovingkindness.” It has the Old Testament equivalent of the New Testament word grace. They had filled the land with their abominations, injustice, pornography, and perversion. 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