Psalms 113-118 are recited verbatimby observant Jews on all Jewish holidays involving communal salvation, most especially Passover. Short as it is, the psalm divides into three parts. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 117 Sermons. For centuriesthe Jews had defied Him, turned their backs on Him, plunged into the grossest idolatry in which prostitution and child murder were common religious practices. Here just a few word, 30 in Love compromises. Israel belongs to the nations. 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). Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 117 INTRODUCTION: I like it when we have these Combined Services. “And again, `Praise the LORD, all ye Gentiles; and laud Him, all ye people.” (Romans 15:11). At last God has uprooted them, allowed their temple to be burned to the ground, and ploughed Jerusalem like a farmer’s field. The psalmist recounts: “For His merciful kindness is great toward us.” And so it is. This little fellow, however, has a mighty voice; he packs a powerful punch; he is not about to be ignored. Among those honored by a greaterthanlife portraitis Sir James Simpson, the man who discovered chloroform. God does nothing without a purpose. Psalm 121 is a psalm about trusting in God’s providential care. Commentary for Psalms 117 . Psalm 117 actually begins in Psalm 113. His kindness to all. It was the Godfearers among the Gentiles, orbiting around the outer fringes of Judaism, attracted by what they heard, repelled by what they saw, who first embraced the gospel among the nations. Â© 2019 Preaching.com. In fact many families read this Psalm out loud together before going on a trip. Without him we might have found ourselves secondclass citizens in the kingdom of God, poor brothers and sisters in the family of faith. Devout Jews recite portions of this Psalm when they leave or enter their homes. Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! 117. This one also concludes with that exclamation of praise. I suspect it has been for you, as well. His Steadfast Love Endures Forever. We are not to do things that might cause someone else to stumble. I do believe that is the case in this Psalm. This means the Sermon needs to be written early ...read more 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. “And the truth of the LORD endureth for ever.” Salvation does not rest on sentiment. Adapted from Exploring the Psalms, Volume 2: An Expository Commentary by John Phillips. The Lasting Truth of the Lord (117:2b). Psalm 117 may be the shortest chapter in the Bible, but it’s big on worship. 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. “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. And we do not know when they wrote it. 117:1 This Psalm begins and concludes with the Piel imperative, "Praise" (BDB 237, KB 248, cf. 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. Therefore, on the eve of His crucifixion, we know that Jesus had all the peoples, all the Gentiles in mind. All Rights Reserved. The pitcher winds up for the kill. 1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! God sees the millions of India and Japan bowing down to wood and stone. It pictured a distinguished, greyhaired man in an attitude of worship. They are seeking to build secular paradises on earth, motivated by the vision of Karl Marx, the visionof man without God: brainwashed to believe that God does not exist, that all things result from the blind working of evolutionary force, that man is simply a social insect caught in the web of time. Study Psalm 117 using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. The Jews had already spread the concept of the one true God to all nations by the time of Christ. 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. No wonder they sang, “His merciful kindness is great toward us.”. Praise. That is the note that rings down through this Great Hallel: “Praise the Lord!”. SUBJECT. 2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord is everlasting. The ball soars up, up, straight and true, and flies clean out of the park. 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. He sees the Russians, Chinese, Cubans, Vietnamese, and His heart longs over them. They had persecuted and killed the prophets. So, it’s v… 2 For. That is the missionary message of 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. Although short, this psalm packs a heavy punch. How the heart of our God yearns over lost men and women. 2. The Secret Power of the Word of God Psalm 119:9-16 The movement we take our eyes off Jesus, there are going to be all kinds of problems, all kinds of offenses. 2 -- The reason: his mighty love for us all and his faithfulness prevails forever! a. The structure of Psalm 117: It begins and ends with the call to “Praise the Lord” (Hebrew: “Hallelu”) Verse one is the call to all nations and peoples to praise and extol the Lord, while verse two gives the cause why all the people groups should give such praise to the Lord. This is a very brief psalm, and is one that many of you can already sing from memory. A section in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is devoted to discoveries that have revolutionized modern medical science. Strike two? The hymn is indeed short, but then there are times for short hymns and long hymns, short prayers and long prayers, short sermons and long sermons. Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? We have a pygmy and a giant among the psalms – almost nextdoor neighbors. 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). The World by Its Tribes Is Loudly Invited to Adore Him. No God is like our God! For His merciful kindness is great toward us,And the truth of the LORD endures forever. 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. Laud Him, all you peoples! Psalm 117 Praise the Lord, all you nations;extol him, all you peoples. 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. But at least they enjoy their religion. Through His relationship with Israel, the Gentiles nations saw His goodness and power revealed in miraculous ways. Let us remember that, if we are tempted to pay it scant heed. This is significant, for it undergirds the thesis that Paul understood the missionary nature of the Jewish nation. Read the notes in Psalm 113 in this set of psalms. I love them all; I love all holy Scripture, which is my consolation and my life. That was God’s way of bringing mercy and truth together in an everlasting embrace. Most of us are scared to shout a loud Amen even when we heartily agree with what is being said. Jesus went to Calvary to die for us, the Just for us the unjust,to bring us to God. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. It includes a Passover invitation from Israel to the Gentiles, to come and join them in their Passover. It is translated “Laud Him!” by some scholars. Before the discovery of chloroform even the simplest operation was a nightmare. The Lord's Faithfulness Endures Forever. In their law and through their prophets, the world saw evidence of their access to higher truth. God’s heart weeps. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations (panta ta ethne, same phrase in Psalm 117:1, LXX). Watch Queue Queue He wrote (cited by C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David [Baker], 5:337), This is my psalm, my chosen psalm. Other people, including a young boy, were in posturesof adoration before the objects of their worship: a dozen wild rats were crowded around a dish thoughtfully provided to feed their ravenous appetites, given to them as an act of worship, an offering to the gods. The truths expressed (actually commanded) are straightforward: Praise the Lord and laud the Lord, no matter who you are. The beginning, the ending and the point, of the Psalm. WordPress, https://www.christkirk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2299.mp3, The Law of Unsolved Murder (Christendom 2.0). Paul appealed to it in Romans 15 to show that God always had loved the Gentiles. ( A) Praise the Lord, all nations! In v. 11, Paul quotes Psalm 117:1. “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. But how do we keep our eyes on Jesus? Note that he quoted from all sections of the Hebrew Bible, from the law, the prophets, and the book of Psalms. Simpson not only let people sleep through theworst horrors of an operation, but he opened the door to medical operations before impossible. 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. 2For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. 3 Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”. This video is unavailable. God had to devise a means by which He could reconcile both His merciful kindness and His everlasting truth. That binary star is Jesus. He nailed down his point with a quotation from this minipsalm. 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). God took deity and humanity and so fused the one into the other that something new was brought into being – the person of Jesus. ( B) great is his steadfast love toward us, and. It is the world in its totality. He sees lands once ablaze with gospel truth now wrapped in darkness. -- Psalm 117 Theme: A missionary psalm Outline 1 -- A call to all nations and peoples to praise Yahweh. The batsman strikes. Let us Gentiles remember that this little fellow puts in a powerful voice for us. For his merciful kindness is great toward us. It is a messianic psalm. All people called upon to praise God. All for a game that will be forgotten in a week. From ideas on sermon topics to how to develop church growth to insight on ministry life, Preaching helps pastors develop every area of life and work in ministry. But then he comes to a bedrock issue, a point of belief on which there can be no concession. They may get carried away with tongues. Psalm 117 is a universal invitation to people everywhere to praise and brag on Jehovah because of His merciful love and faithfulness. 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, all you Gentiles! The supremacy of Israel’s God has been demonstrated to them by the people’s secure existence, which is owed entirely to God’s gracious fidelity. God has a binary star,the bright and morning star. An exhortation to praise God for his mercy and truth. 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). It was never God’s plan that the Hebrew people should exclusively and selfishly hug their blessings to themselves, snapping and snarling at other nations with a doginthemanger attitude. The Story of Psalm 117. Used by permission of Kregel Publications. It looks forward to the day when Jesus will reign, when Israel – regathered to the promised land and dwelling in peace and security as head of the nations – will invite all peoples to come to Jerusalem and join intheir annual feasts of thanksgiving. Psalm 117 Sometimes the shortest chapters or verses in the Bible are the most provocative. John Phillips is a popular preacher and Bible study leader who now resides in Bowling Green, KY. Preaching.com is a leading resource that provides tools and ideas for pastors and church leaders to help them lead well. It is amazing how reserved we are in most of our services. Extol him, all peoples! NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 117:1-2 1 Praise the Lord, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! “The Lord” is literally Jehovah Himself. He sees the clever Japanese make pilgrimages to shrines to worship the spirit of their ancestors. It is part of a six-psalm method of praise to God called the Egyptian Hallel or just Hallel (“hallel” means praise in Hebrew). Psalm 117 admonishes us to praise the Lord because of His great love and His ever-enduring faithfulness. Sir James Simpson was a Christian. The ball comes flashing in. The batsman spits on his hand and looks anxiouslyat the bases, at the pitcher, at the crowd. God calls all people to worship Him. “My second greatest discovery was when I discovered that Jesus died for a sinner like me.”, B. God loves Gentiles just as much as He loves Jews. “For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth forever.”. 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. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. All of that, I suspect, is intended to draw it to our attention. Therefore, praise him! When the gospel evangelists went from city to city they always made straight for the synagogue. When I’m deciding what to preach on the 5th Sundays, I have to keep in mind that the sermon will be preached twice: once in English, then in Spanish. 2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”. Yet we can’t even say a loud Amen when someone says something about the Lord that stirs our hearts. “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: Praise Him, all ye people.”, A. What Psalm 117 means They may go to excess and sometimes border on the blasphemous. 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. In this case, love goes on loving but stands its round and refuses to compromise. This little psalm refuses to let us be overlooked. We have felt tension mount as the last batter comes out on the field. Notes • Praise • One of the Hallel Psalms (113-118). Astronomers are now discovering that many stars are binary stars, or twins. They will tell you about Egyptian hallels. 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 focus is now on Israel. Psalm 117 1 Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. It means to “sing aloud.” It conveys the idea that God should be praised with a voice loud enough for everyone to hear. 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