Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. Through His relationship with Israel, the Gentiles nations saw His goodness and power revealed in miraculous ways. The quotation of Psalm 117:1 (116:1) in Romans 15:11 is nearly identical, but the word order is slightly different and the conjunction “and” (kaí) links the two phrases. b. Laud Him, all you peoples: To laud is to say praiseworthy things about a person. For His merciful kindness is great: In thinking of reasons to praise God, the psalmist first lists, because of His great hesed (merciful kindness). Psalm 117. From Bellett's Short Meditations on the Psalms, chiefly in their Prophetic character, 1871. Let Israel now say. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Praise the L ord! “The Psalm was an intimation to Israel that the grace and mercy of their God were not to be confined to one nation, but would in happier days be extended to all the race of man.” (Spurgeon). By which is meant not only his great love toward the Jewish people, but towards the whole family of man. Regarding YHWH, see Psalm 1. 2. is great toward us--literally, "prevailed over or protected us." Psalm 119 is an expansion of Psalm 19:7–9: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. Praise Him! This showed a largeness of heart that God intended Israel to have from the beginning, pointing to the truth that in Abraham all the peoples of the world were to be blessed (Genesis 12:3). Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. The psalmist doesn't spell out the nature of the peril except that it was extreme. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. It is the last of the Egyptian Hallels. Chapter 117. Ps 72:11,17-19 Ps 86:9 Isa 24:16 42:10-12 49:13 59:19 Hab 2:14 Mal 1:11 Ro 15:9,10 Rev 11:15) Praise Him, Praise Him, — Jesus My Blessed Redeemer by Fanny Crosby. a. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. There is a great deal of gospel in this psalm. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. - Praise the LORD, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! In all probability it was frequently used as a brief hymn suitable for almost every occasion, and especially when the time for worship was short. By us the psalmist has in mind Israel and the all peoples as mentioned in the previous verse. O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. He might have been in danger The multitude of the common folk shall bless the Lord. Some of the Jewish writers confess that this psalm refers to the kingdom of the Messiah; nay, one of them has a fancy that it consists of two verses to signify that in the days of the Messiah God should be glorified by two sorts of people, by the Jews, according to the law of Moses, and by the Gentiles, according to the seven precepts of the sons of Noah, which yet should make one church, as these two … i. For his merciful kindness is great toward us —, and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever —. II. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 116 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This is a psalm of individual thanksgiving. The Book of Psalms Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET PSALM 117 Psa 117:1, 2. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. 2 Let Israel now say: For he is good, for his mercy is forever. God calls all people to worship Him. It has a simple yet important directive: everyone is to praise the Lord (verse 1).The psalmists typically call for the faithful of Israel to offer praise. In this short psalm we learn of the interaction of two seemingly contradictory attributes of Hashem: Chesed (חסד), ‘mercy,’ which is translated here as ‘steadfast love,’ and emet (אמת), ‘truth.’ Each of these seems to annul the other, as it is often the case that in truth, a person does not deserve mercy. iv. In this short psalm we learn of the interaction of two seemingly contradictory attributes of Hashem: Chesed (חסד), ‘mercy,’ which is translated here as ‘steadfast love,’ and emet (אמת), ‘truth.’ Each of these seems to annul the other, as it is often the case that in truth, a person does not deserve mercy. 118 You g spurn all who h go astray from your statutes, for their cunning is in vain. “Inasmuch as the matter is spoken of twice, its certainty is confirmed, and the Gentiles must and shall extol Jehovah.” (Spurgeon). We are soon weary indeed of well-doing if, in singing this psalm, we keep not up those pious and devout affections with which the spiritual sacrifice of … Not only praise him nationally by your rulers, but popularly in your masses. Extol him, all you peoples! peoples of the earth, Praise khe Lord. We can all join in this grateful acknowledgment, and in the praise which is therefore due. The old Greek Bible does this. Psalm 117 Commentary. Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm (and chapter) of the Jewish Scriptures. This psalm is short and sweet; I doubt the reason why we sing it so often as we do is for the shortness of it; but, if we rightly understood and considered it, we should sing it oftener for the sweetness of it, especially to us sinners of the Gentiles, on whom it casts a very favourable eye. 120 My flesh k trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments. “The historical limitations of God’s manifestation to a special nation were means to its universal diffusion. We are soon weary of well-doing, if we keep not up the pious and devout affections with which the spiritual sacrifice of praise … Psalm 117. James Montgomery Boice commented on the similarities between Psalms 111 and 112: “They are the same length, fall into identical stanzas, and even have identical or similar phrases occurring at the same places in each. Although short, this psalm packs a heavy punch. The psalmist called upon all peoples to praise God intelligently, and he provided reasons why He is worthy of worship. i. This psalm is short and sweet; I doubt the reason why we sing it so often as we do is for the shortness of it; but, if we rightly understood and considered it, we should sing it oftener for the sweetness of it, especially to us sinners of the Gentiles, on whom it casts a very favourable eye. Individuals have already been gathered out of every kindred and people and tongue by the preaching of the gospel, and these have right heartily joined in magnifying the grace which sought them out, and brought them to know the Saviour. Is great: The Hebrew word doesn’t have the thought of exceedingly large, but as something that is mighty and prevails. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. Commentary for Psalms 117 All people called upon to praise God. 2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. 117. He would call them a people that were not a people, and her beloved that was not beloved. “By the union of grace and truth, in and through Jesus, the call to praise went out to all nations and peoples.” (Morgan), ii. and have regard for your statutes continually! 117 f Hold me up, that I may be safe. Extol him, all you peoples! Psalm 113; LXX, Psalm … 118 (beginning). But most Bible students think that Psalm 116 is just one psalm, all by the same *psalmist. c. The truth of the LORD endures forever: God is to be praised not only for His loyal love, but also for His truth. 2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord! Having done it once, do it again, and do it still more fervently, daily increasing in the reverence and zeal with which you extol the Most High. Psalm 117 Commentary by Brad Boyles. Sermon for 5/20/2007 Psalm 117 Introduction: A. G. Rogers said, “There are short hymns and long hymns, short prayers and long prayers, short speeches and long speeches, short sermons and long sermons, but short is better.” B. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. It has a simple yet important directive: everyone is to praise the Lord (verse 1).The psalmists typically call for the faithful of Israel to offer praise. 1 of 1. Psalm 119:116. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the Hebrew … Read more about them in the notes on Psalm 113 in this set of psalms. "For his merciful kindness is great toward us." If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. The persecution and affliction of the man (and woman) of God is a major theme of Psalm 119. Praise the LORD! 117:2 For great is His steadfast love toward us. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. This is a gospel psalm. “Towards all of us, all the children of Abraham, whether carnal or spiritual, who were to be incorporated together, and made one body and one fold by and under the Messias, John 10:16, Ephesians 2:14, which mystery seems to be insinuated by this manner of expression.” (Poole), ii. The Lord ’s Faithfulness Endures Forever. Psalm 117:2. PSALM 117 Praise the Lord, all nations everywhere. Traditionally, the Hallel (from the familiar word “hallelujah” meaning “thank God”) is sung before and after the Passover meal. i. Laud Him, all the 2 For He loves us very dearly, and His truth endures. These are but the advance-guard of a number which no man can number who will come ere long to worship the all-glorious One. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. 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). “This is the day … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24" Psalm 117 Universal Call to Worship. 1 Alleluia. Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! But where the love of God is strong in the heart, it overleaps the bounds of custom and racial prejudice, and yearns that all the world should know and love the Saviour.” (Meyer), ii. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. ii. Laud Him, all the 2 For He loves us very dearly, and His truth endures. This may be regarded as a doxology, suitable to be appended to any Psalm of similar character, and prophetical of the prevalence of God's grace in the world, in which aspect Paul quotes it (Ro 15:11; compare Ps 47:2; 66:8). b. 2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. The apostle has furnished us with a key to it (Rom. The Redactional Hallelujah. Psalm 117. Commentary for Psalms 117 . For Psalm 117, [34] the manuscript evidence points to multiple possibilities. On Easter Sunday, the church proclaims, “O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:1). Through His relationship with Israel, the Gentiles nations saw His goodness and power revealed in miraculous ways. Psalm 118 does not name an author in its title, but there is reason to believe it was King David, the Sweet Psalmist of Israel. by Hank Workman. The psalmist is giving thanks to Yahweh for saving him from peril (v. 6). 2. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm and the shortest chapter in the Bible. Luther loved it, and wrote a 36 page commentary on it. Inasmuch as the matter is spoken of twice, its certainty is confirmed, and the Gentiles must and shall extol Jehovah - all of them, without exception. Proper matter for that praise suggested, Psalm 117:2. See Ps. 1. God does nothing without a purpose. that his loving kindness endures forever. 267 . “This is the shortest song in the whole collection, but there is none greater or grander in its expression of praise.” (G. Campbell Morgan), “Martin Luther devoted thirty-six pages to this psalm, expounding it in four important categories: (1) prophecy (the Gentiles will participate in gospel blessings), (2) revelation (the kingdom of Christ is not earthly and temporal but rather heavenly and eternal), (3) instruction (we are saved by faith alone and not by works, wisdom, or holiness), and (4) admonition (we should praise God for such a great salvation).” (James Montgomery Boice). Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. The Redactional Hallelujah Confess to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy is forever. The mighty grace of God has prevailed even as the waters of the flood prevailed over the earth: breaking over all bounds, it has flowed towards all portions of the multiplied race of man. See Ps. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Praise the Lord! 3 Let the house of Aaron now say: For his mercy is forever. Words in boxes are from the Bible. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. “For the most part the Jews looked with little sympathy on their Gentile neighbors, and had no desire that they should laud Jehovah, save as they became proselytes of Judaism. See Psalm 5 about chésed and éleos. Psalm 119 is an expansion of Psalm 19:7–9: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. Commentary on Psalm 117-119 Chuck Smith: Beginning with Psalm 113, you have what are known as the Hallel psalms, meaning the psalms of praise. We know and believe that no one tribe of men shall be unrepresented in the universal song which shall ascend unto the Lord of all. iii. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . The Lord is kind to us as his creatures, and merciful to us as sinners, hence his merciful kindness to us as sinful creatures. Extol him, all peoples! We need 2 cookies to store this setting. Under the gospel dispensation we worship no new god, but the God of Abraham is our God for ever and ever; the God of the whole earth shall he be called. Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. "Egyptian" means that they made the *Jews think of what God did in Egypt. Jesus Christ is risen. “…lovingkindness is ‘mighty over us’ – the word used for being mighty has the sense of prevailing, and so ‘where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.’” (Maclaren). So these are the psalms of praise, 113 through 118. i. Through His work on the cross and victory over death at the empty tomb, God would call a people to Himself from every tribe and tongue. The nations could not be expected to join in the praise of Jehovah unless they were also to be partakers of the benefits which Israel enjoyed; and hence the Psalm was an intimation to Israel that the grace and mercy of their God were not to be confined to one nation, but would in happier days be extended to all the race of man, even as Moses had prophesied when he said, "Rejoice, O ye nations, his people." It is one of the "Hallel" (praise) group of songs (i.e., 113-118) traditionally recited during the Jewish holidays. A solemn call to all nations to praise God, Psalm 117:1. The Fifth Egyptian Hallel. You can also change some of your preferences. The word here rendered "praise" - שׁבח shâbach - means properly to soothe, to still, to restrain - as, for example, billows Psalm 89:9; and then, to praise, as if to soothe with praises - mulcere laudibus, Pacuv. Like Psalm 111 before it, Psalm 112 is an acrostic psalm. Psalm 117 Commentary by Brad Boyles. Some old Bibles make Psalm 116 into 2 psalms: verses 1-9 is the first, verses 10-18 the second. 1 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. In some manuscripts, however, Psalm 117 is the last two verses of Psalm 116, [35] while in others, it is part of Psalm 118, introducing it. The Shortest Psalm. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. 117 Praise the Lord, all nations! Psalm 117. Next » Chapter 118. S Some have called it a doxology, but it is far more than that. Psalm 117. “It may also be that the ‘us’ of verse 2 has already found room for the ‘you’ implied in verse 1, by seeing Israelites and Gentiles as one people under God.” (Kidner). "Praise him, all ye people." iii. The nations were to be his people. When mercy and truth are praised together like this, it reminds us that the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. It is part of a six-psalm method of praise to God called the Egyptian Hallel or just Hallel (“hallel” means praise in Hebrew). Show content in: English Both Hebrew. 117:1,2 All people called upon to praise God. 2 Let Israel now say: For he is good, for his mercy is forever. All Nations Admonished to Praise God. Uphold me according to thy word — Or hold me up, as he says in the next verse, seeing himself to be not only unable to go on in his duty, by his own strength, but in danger of falling into sin, unless he were prevented by divine grace; that I may live — May be preserved in spiritual life, and retain my title to eternal life. Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 117 « Previous Chapter 116. The fire was gathered in a grate, that it might warm the whole house. 1. O praise the LORD, all you nations: praise him, all you people. This may be regarded as a doxology, suitable to be appended to any Psalm of similar character, and prophetical of the prevalence of God's grace in the world, in which aspect Paul quotes it ( Rom 15:11; compare Psa 47:2 66:8). “Let the hallelujahs of the redeemed be suitable to that ‘mercy,’ and co-eternal with that ‘truth.’” (Horne), iii. 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 Hebrew actually has His hesed hesed is great, with the idea of God’s loyal, covenant love repeated twice for emphasis. Psalm 112 – The Blessings Upon Those Who Fear the LORD. Praise the L ord, all you nations! 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. praise him, all ye people; ye people of God in the several nations of the world; not the Jews only, but the Gentiles also: the same thing is repeated in different words, for the greater certainty and confirmation of it; that this should be, the work and exercise of the Gentiles in Gospel times, and expresses eagerness and vehemence to stir them up to it. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. 4 Let those who fear the Lord now say: For his mercy is forever. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. It is a most appropriate heading since the psalm is rich with words for petition: “hear, attend, unto, give ear,” and so on. 2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. 1 Alleluia. PSALM 117 Praise the Lord, all nations everywhere. Praise the LORD. 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. STUDIES IN PSALMS EXPOSITION - This is the shortest psalm, and it has frequently been de- scribed as the grandest: it certainly is very significant. All people called upon to praise God. PSALM 117 THE SALVATION OF THE GENTILES WAS DERIVED FROM GOD'S BLESSINGS UPON ISRAEL "This is the shortest chapter in the Bible, and the middle chapter." Some suggest that all you peoples refers to the Jewish people, but Paul’s quotation of Psalm 117:1 in Romans 15:11 leads us to believe that this is a call to the nations. The words of Psalm 118 have long been used to herald Easter. Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm and the shortest chapter in the Bible. “In God’s worship it is not always necessary to be long; few words sometimes say what is sufficient, as this short Psalm giveth us to understand.” (Dickson, cited in Spurgeon), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. “Once again we can imagine with what perfect joy our Lord sang this song, as He moved to the uttermost in His sorrows; for He did so in full and perfect apprehension of the union of lovingkindness and truth in God.” (Morgan), iv. De Wette regards it as a Temple Psalm, and agrees with Rosenmueller in the supposition that it was sung either at the beginning or the end of the service it the temple. a. Psalm 117 is the 117th psalm of the Book of Psalms.In Latin, it is known as Laudate Dominum. - Here is a solemn call to all nations to praise the Lord, and proper matter for that praise is suggested. 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