Extol him, all you peoples! For his merciful kindness is great toward us —, and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever —. God’s steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 117 – Calling All Peoples to Praise the LORD “This is the shortest song in the whole collection, but there is none greater or grander in its expression of praise.” (G. Campbell Morgan) 117. Another prominent theme in Psalm 119 is the profound truth that the Word of God is all-sufficient. 2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. c. The truth of the LORD endures forever: God is to be praised not only for His loyal love, but also for His truth. that his loving kindness endures forever. Endures forever: “Not only is his love so great in depth and height (cf. 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 … A Psalm of Praise. iii. S Some have called it a doxology, but it is far more than that. Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. We may request cookies to be set on your device. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm (and chapter) of the Jewish Scriptures. Chapter 117. a. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. The calling of the Gentiles (all people other than Jews) was in the plan of God from the beginning. “The very diversity of God’s subjects comes out in the expressions all nations…all tribes.” (Kidner), iv. Psalm 117 actually begins in Psalm 113. ii. and have regard for your statutes continually! Great toward us: This is further reason for praise; not only does God have great lovingkindness, but that merciful kindness is toward us. 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 (Romans 15:11; compare Psalm 47:2; Psalm 66:8). 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. Confess to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy is forever. - Here is a solemn call to all nations to praise the Lord, and proper matter for that praise is suggested. Gordon Churchyard. Luther loved it, and wrote a 36 page commentary on it. In most manuscripts, it is its own unit. 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. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. For His merciful kindness is great toward us, 117. 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. - Praise the LORD, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! - Here is a solemn call to all nations to praise the Lord, and proper matter for that praise is suggested. 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. In the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible this psalm is Psalm 116 in a different numbering system 2. is great toward us--literally, "prevailed over or protected us." The occasion and the author of this Psalm are alike unknown. A different word is here used for "praise" than in the former clause; and which is more frequently used in the Chaldee, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic languages; and signifies the celebration of the praises of God with a high voice. 1. 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. Ezra 3:10-11 suggests that Psalm 118 was sung at the founding of the second temple, and when they sang it, they attributed it to David (“according to the ordinance of … Click on the different category headings to find out more. You can check these in your browser security settings. 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." Praise the LORD! 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). 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. We approach him to utter our deep sense of his goodness, and our veneration for his character; we do not expect to turn him from anger to love - to make him forget his justice or our sins - by soothing flattery. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. 1. The Redactional Hallelujah STUDIES IN PSALMS EXPOSITION - This is the shortest psalm, and it has frequently been de- scribed as the grandest: it certainly is very significant. “Inasmuch as the matter is spoken of twice, its certainty is confirmed, and the Gentiles must and shall extol Jehovah.” (Spurgeon). The *Jews spoke Hebrew and wrote the psalms in Hebrew. The Shortest Psalm. d. Praise the LORD: Once again, all peoples are called to say, Hallelujah! a. 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. This psalm is special all on its own—it’s the shortest of all the psalms (only two verses), the shortest chapter in the entire Bible, and is the middle chapter of the Bible. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. 2. 120 My flesh k trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments. (Psalm 113 Commentary - The Treasury of David) Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's NAME is to be praised. Psalm 117 Universal Call to Worship. Extol him, all you peoples! Some old Bibles make Psalm 116 into 2 psalms: verses 1-9 is the first, verses 10-18 the second. Psalm 113; LXX, Psalm … He might have been in danger 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. Here is a solemn call to all nations to praise the Lord, and proper matter for that praise is suggested. 4 Let those who fear the Lord now say: For his mercy is forever. 2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord is everlasting. 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. - Here is a solemn call to all nations to praise the Lord, and proper matter for that praise is suggested. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Psalm 117:1, Psalm 117:2. 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. 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. But in this psalm, the writer calls for “all you Gentiles”—that is, “all you nations” (NIV)—and “all you peoples” to praise God. “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. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. It is part of a six-psalm method of praise to God called the Egyptian Hallel or just Hallel (“hallel” means praise in Hebrew). God calls all people to worship Him. Is great: The Hebrew word doesn’t have the thought of exceedingly large, but as something that is mighty and prevails. Ps 117:1, 2. PSALM 117 COMME TARY EDITED BY GLE PEASE I TRODUCTIO SPURGEO , "SUBJECT. "And the truth of the Lord endureth for ever." The word for peoples suggests all the tribes of the earth. God calls all people to worship Him. This mercy has been very great, or powerful. 4 Let those who fear the Lord now say: For his mercy is forever. Hallel meaning praise in Hebrew, and hallelujah, the hallelujah praise to Yahweh. Psalm 117: Commentary and Study Guide Psalm 117 Praise the Lord, all you nations! Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 118. (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 … iii. 2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. There is a great deal of gospel in this psalm. 118 (beginning). Psalm 17 is one of three that bear the title “A prayer of David” (also 86 and 142). Although short, this psalm packs a heavy punch. But most Bible students think that Psalm 116 is just one psalm, all by the same *psalmist. It is mere hypocrisy to bid them praise Him, if we have never sought to spread, by lip or gift, the mercy and truth revealed in Jesus our Lord.” (Meyer). 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. 118 You g spurn all who h go astray from your statutes, for their cunning is in vain. Psalm 117 Commentary. There are more Hallels in Psalms 135 and 136, but they are not Egyptian. All of that, I suspect, is intended to draw it to our attention. The nations were to be his people. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Regarding YHWH, see Psalm 1. 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. “Here then is a true Christian universalism, not that all people will be saved regardless of the god they believe in, but rather that all people may be saved through Jesus Christ.” (Boice), v. The call to all you peoples makes this a strong missionary psalm. The psalmist doesn't spell out the nature of the peril except that it was extreme. You can also change some of your preferences. Psalm 117 Commentary by Brad Boyles. Praise Him! Praise ye the Lord.. Jesus Christ is risen. 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. And the fourth psalm in the “Egyptian Hallel”. Psalm 112 – The Blessings Upon Those Who Fear the LORD. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. 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. Here is, I. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. Commentary for Psalms 117 . Psalm 119 is an expansion of Psalm 19:7–9: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. 267 . The psalmist called upon all peoples to praise God intelligently, and he provided reasons why He is worthy of worship. 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 upon all mankind to praise the name of the Lord. The apostle has furnished us with a key to it (Rom. 3 Let the house of Aaron now say: For his mercy is forever. For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Psalm 117. Psalm 118 is the sixth of the Egyptian Hallels. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. Psalm 117:2. Although short, this psalm packs a heavy punch. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. 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). "O praise the Lord, all ye nations." From Bellett's Short Meditations on the Psalms, chiefly in their Prophetic character, 1871. “This is the day … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24" 267 . Verses 1-2 There is a great deal of gospel in this psalm. “Let the hallelujahs of the redeemed be suitable to that ‘mercy,’ and co-eternal with that ‘truth.’” (Horne), iii. Psalm 117 Commentary by Brad Boyles. 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. The persecution and affliction of the man (and woman) of God is a major theme of Psalm 119. 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). O praise the LORD, all you nations: praise him, all you people. i. Praise the LORD: Previous psalms called on Israel to give praise to Yahweh, but here all the Gentiles are called to praise Him. Extol him, all peoples! We can all join in this grateful acknowledgment, and in the praise which is therefore due. Try it for 30 days FREE. Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm and the shortest chapter in the Bible. It is good to confide in the Lord, rather than to have confidence in man. Psalm 119:116. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. PSALM 117 . Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm and the shortest chapter in the Bible. We do not know when the *psalmist wrote Psalm 116. Another prominent theme in Psalm 119 is the profound truth that the Word of God is all-sufficient. Commentary for Psalms 117 All people called upon to praise God. i. i. Laud Him, all you peoples! Learn more. 118 (beginning). 2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise the L ord! i. By which is meant not only his great love toward the Jewish people, but towards the whole family of man. The Hebrew actually has His hesed hesed is great, with the idea of God’s loyal, covenant love repeated twice for emphasis. “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). 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. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. Psalm 117 is the 117th psalm of the Book of Psalms.In Latin, it is known as Laudate Dominum. 15:11), where he quotes it as a proof that the gospel was to be preached to, and would be entertained by, the Gentile nations, which yet was so great a stumbling-block to the Jews. peoples of the earth, Praise khe Lord. 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. Next » Chapter 118. 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. This is an exhortation to the Gentiles to glorify Jehovah, and a clear proof that the Old Testament spirit differed widely from that narrow and contracted national bigotry with which the Jews of our Lord's day became so inveterately diseased. “Gabar, is strong: it is not only great in bulk or number, but it is powerful; it prevails over sin, Satan, death, and hell.” (Clarke), ii. For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the L ord endures forever. i. “This is the day … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24" Psalm 117 Commentary. 1 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. The Lord is kind to us as his creatures, and merciful to us as sinners, hence his merciful kindness to us as sinful creatures. 3 Let the house of Aaron now say: For his mercy is forever. Traditionally, the Hallel (from the familiar word “hallelujah” meaning “thank God”) is sung before and after the Passover meal. 2 Let Israel now say: For he is good, for his mercy is forever. That is 18 pages per verse! “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. Through His relationship with Israel, the Gentiles nations saw His goodness and power revealed in miraculous ways. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Psalm 116 Psalm 118 ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This is a Hallel (praise) Psalm––one of six Egyptian Hallel Psalms that were recited during the Passover and other major Jewish festivals. “By the union of grace and truth, in and through Jesus, the call to praise went out to all nations and peoples.” (Morgan), ii. Praise the Lord! Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 116 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This is a psalm of individual thanksgiving. It is a most appropriate heading since the psalm is rich with words for petition: “hear, attend, unto, give ear,” and so on. “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). It is a mere two verses in length, just 17 words (in Hebrew): MP3. Praise the Lord! 117:1,2 All people called upon to praise God. THE ARGUMENT This Psalm contains a prophecy of the calling of the Gentiles, as appears both from the matter of it, and from Romans 15:11, where it is quoted to that purpose. On Easter Sunday, the church proclaims, “O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:1). Here they use a different Hebrew word. If you open your Bible and turn to the exact center, you will find Psalm 117. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. b. Laud Him, all you peoples: To laud is to say praiseworthy things about a person. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Psalm 117: Well known as the shortest chapter in the Bible, this little psalm contains a great message. PSALM 119 ANALYSIS (The anarlysis of rlzis Psalm may be seen in its superficial structure, and further discovered by an examinarion of the following Table of Synonym. ) See Ps. 117:2 For great is His steadfast love toward us. "Egyptian" means that they made the *Jews think of what God did in Egypt. His ever-enduring truth means that He will not change in His love and goodness to us. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. 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 the Lord! 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. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. For Psalm 117, [34] the manuscript evidence points to multiple possibilities. 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. It is the last of the Egyptian Hallels. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. 119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like i dross, therefore j I love your testimonies. Laud Him, all the 2 For He loves us very dearly, and His truth endures. Read more about them in the notes on Psalm 113 in this set of psalms. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 117. www.easyenglish.bible. 117 f Hold me up, that I may be safe. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. On Easter Sunday, the church proclaims, “O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:1). Not only praise him nationally by your rulers, but popularly in your masses. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. 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