It pictured a distinguished, greyhaired man in an attitude of worship. There must be a purpose for including a psalm of just two verses and only 17 Hebrew words. 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. How the heart of our God yearns over lost men and women. The one-hundred and twenty-first psalm has been one of my favorites for years. 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. This one also concludes with that exclamation of 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. For His merciful kindness is great toward us,And the truth of the LORD endures forever. WordPress, https://www.christkirk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2299.mp3, The Law of Unsolved Murder (Christendom 2.0). “And again, `Praise the LORD, all ye Gentiles; and laud Him, all ye people.” (Romans 15:11). We have felt tension mount as the last batter comes out on the field. © 2019 Preaching.com. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. -- Psalm 117 Theme: A missionary psalm Outline 1 -- A call to all nations and peoples to praise Yahweh. Some Bible students think that this psalm was to start times of *worship in the *temple. They had filled the land with their abominations, injustice, pornography, and perversion. Now He had forgiven them, regathered them, given them a second chance. The ball soars up, up, straight and true, and flies clean out of the park. The Hallel psalms are psalm of praise—they are Hallelujah psalms. Before the discovery of chloroform even the simplest operation was a nightmare. We have a pygmy and a giant among the psalms – almost nextdoor neighbors. That binary star is Jesus. “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. Jesus went to Calvary to die for us, the Just for us the unjust,to bring us to God. He sees Hindus chained to idols, revering cows, crocodiles, insects, vermin,and rats. It means to “sing aloud.” It conveys the idea that God should be praised with a voice loud enough for everyone to hear. It rests on truth, the truth that Godcannot deny His own character. We are not to do things that might cause someone else to stumble. When Jesus came to Bethlehem, something unique happened in the universe. Through His relationship with Israel, the Gentiles nations saw His goodness and power revealed in miraculous ways. Here just a few word, 30 in And we do not know when they wrote it. He pitches a curved ball. 117. Praise ye the LORD. 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. The World by Its Tribes Is Loudly Invited to Adore Him. It is translated “Laud Him!” by some scholars. Psalms 117. 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. The Lord is kind to us as his creatures, and merciful to us as sinners, hence his merciful kindness to us as sinful creatures. The ball comes flashing in. Without him we might have found ourselves secondclass citizens in the kingdom of God, poor brothers and sisters in the family of faith. b. God sees the millions of India and Japan bowing down to wood and stone. Therefore, praise him! ◄ 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 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. 117:1 This Psalm begins and concludes with the Piel imperative, "Praise" (BDB 237, KB 248, cf. His faithfulness to all. 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. We do not know who wrote it. 2For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. “The Lord” is literally Jehovah Himself. Praise. To support his point, Paul quoted from Psalm 18:49, Deuteronomy 32:43, and Isaiah 11:10. 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. Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! The Holy Spirit calls on the Gentile nations to praise the Lord. The batsman strikes. The Lord's Faithfulness Endures Forever. 2. God is truth, hence He never alters. psalm 117 overview. Read the notes in Psalm 113 in this set of psalms. The beginning, the ending and the point, of the Psalm. 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. God does nothing without a purpose. I suspect it has been for you, as well. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! That is the note that rings down through this Great Hallel: “Praise the Lord!”. A section in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is devoted to discoveries that have revolutionized modern medical science. 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. 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. 3 Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”. “And the truth of the LORD endureth for ever.” Salvation does not rest on sentiment. ( B) great is his steadfast love toward us, and. “O praise the Lord, all you Western lands.”. He sees the Russians, Chinese, Cubans, Vietnamese, and His heart longs over them. Jehovah Himself – Jesus Himself. PRAISE THE LORD!--PSALM 117:1-2 "O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. Today, this morning, I would like to teach you the importance of keeping your eyes on Jesus. Love compromises. “My second greatest discovery was when I discovered that Jesus died for a sinner like me.”, B. Praise ye the Lord. The problem was solved at Calvary. Study Psalm 117 using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. This means the Sermon needs to be written early ...read more Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! By which is meant not only his great love toward the Jewish people, but towards the whole family of man. 2 -- The reason: his mighty love for us all and his faithfulness prevails forever! He wrote (cited by C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David [Baker], 5:337), This is my psalm, my chosen psalm. The Little ‘C’ 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. All Rights Reserved. Sir James Simpson was a Christian. He sees the clever Japanese make pilgrimages to shrines to worship the spirit of their ancestors. For great is his love toward us,and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.Praise the Lord.#:2 Hebrew Hallelu Yah They had persecuted and killed the prophets. 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). Commentary for Psalms 117 . 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. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 117:1-2 1 Praise the Lord, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! Let us remember that, if we are tempted to pay it scant heed. 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 batsman spits on his hand and looks anxiouslyat the bases, at the pitcher, at the crowd. Israel belongs to the nations. “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. There is always the temptation to overlook the little fellow. Among those honored by a greaterthanlife portraitis Sir James Simpson, the man who discovered chloroform. Traditionally, the Hallel (from the familiar word “hallelujah” meaning “thank God”) is sung before and after the Passover meal. He sees lands once ablaze with gospel truth now wrapped in darkness. Therefore, on the eve of His crucifixion, we know that Jesus had all the peoples, all the Gentiles in mind. Psalm 117 Sometimes the shortest chapters or verses in the Bible are the most provocative. Psalm 117 Praise the Lord, all you nations;extol him, all you peoples. 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. 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. In v. 11, Paul quotes Psalm 117:1. All for a game that will be forgotten in a week. There is a solid resounding smack as a good connection is made between bat and ball. Finally, this is a missionary psalm. 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… The *temple was God’s house in Jerusalem. Both verses have a two-fold emphasis: the first verse invites both the nations and the peoples to praise the Lord; while the … They are tied together and act and react the one on the other. His kindness to all. “For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth forever.”. For his merciful kindness is great toward us. 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 has a binary star,the bright and morning star. “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: Praise Him, all ye people.”, A. - Here is a solemn call to all nations to praise the Lord, and proper matter for that praise is suggested. That wondrous binary star has now made salvation possible forus. They yell and shout, they hug each other, they rush out onto the field. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations (panta ta ethne, same phrase in Psalm 117:1, LXX). 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. This little psalm refuses to let us be overlooked. 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. This is one reason why the charismatics are so appealing: they get excited about their religion and put enthusiasm into it. Laud Him, all you peoples! The pitcher winds up for the kill. But then he comes to a bedrock issue, a point of belief on which there can be no concession. He nailed down his point with a quotation from this minipsalm. 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. Laud Him, all you peoples! It includes a Passover invitation from Israel to the Gentiles, to come and join them in their Passover. Short as it is, the psalm divides into three parts. 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. Then, amid an avalanche of quotations he quoted from Psalm 117:1. 2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. That is the missionary message of this psalm. Mercy at the expense of truth would turn Heaven into hell and drive God from His throne. Some years ago National Geographic carried a series of photographs, one of which showed a Hindu shrine dedicated to rats. God loves Gentiles just as much as He loves Jews. 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. For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD endures forever. The Jews had already spread the concept of the one true God to all nations by the time of Christ. Verse 2. Psalm 116 Psalm 117 Psalm 118 Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. It is a travel Psalm. The Story of Psalm 117. It is quoted by Paul in the New Testament in connection with the work of Christ. Paul appealed to it in Romans 15 to show that God always had loved the Gentiles. Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? And now would you please tell me your second greatest discovery” “By all means,” replied that great Christian. This video is unavailable. 2 For. 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. 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. God calls all people to worship Him. 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 … “O praise the Lord, allyou idolatrous lands.”, B. 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. So, it’s v… But this psalm is nearest my heart, and I have a peculiar right to call it mine. Devout Jews recite portions of this Psalm when they leave or enter their homes. Watch Queue Queue. a. Psalm 117 Commentary by Brad Boyles. The Lasting Truth of the Lord (117:2b). Psalms 113-118 are recited verbatimby observant Jews on all Jewish holidays involving communal salvation, most especially Passover. Psalm 117 may be the shortest chapter in the Bible, but it’s big on worship. 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 God is like our God! The calling of the Gentiles (all people other than Jews) was in the plan of God from the beginning. We are to bear the burden of the weak. Praise the LORD! 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. This psalm is generally thought to be a song of the Jews who had returned from the Babylonian exile. 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. This is a very brief psalm, and is one that many of you can already sing from memory. An exhortation to praise God for his mercy and truth. It brings us in as joint-heirs with Christ to join our voices with those who praise His Name. They may go to excess and sometimes border on the blasphemous. 2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”. 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. Psalm 117 actually begins in Psalm 113. The psalmist recounts: “For His merciful kindness is great toward us.” And so it is. His Steadfast Love Endures Forever. 2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. The pitcher throws a fast ball. Simpson not only let people sleep through theworst horrors of an operation, but he opened the door to medical operations before impossible. This is significant, for it undergirds the thesis that Paul understood the missionary nature of the Jewish nation. Astronomers are now discovering that many stars are binary stars, or twins. God’s mercy to them had just been written large on the page of history. Then, too, this is a millennial psalm. The focus is now on Israel. Psalm 117 This shortest of hymns calls on the nations to acknowledge God’s supremacy. It is not truth at the expense of mercy. No wonder they sang, “His merciful kindness is great toward us.”. 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. They may get carried away with tongues. Yet we can’t even say a loud Amen when someone says something about the Lord that stirs our hearts. I love them all; I love all holy Scripture, which is my consolation and my life. When this verse was quoted by the apostle Paul (Romans 15:11), his missionary outreach was to the Roman Christians. This little fellow, however, has a mighty voice; he packs a powerful punch; he is not about to be ignored. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 117 Sermons. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. They will tell you about Egyptian hallels. Nobody else. 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 truths expressed (actually commanded) are straightforward: Praise the Lord and laud the Lord, no matter who you are. Nor is he about to be overshadowed by Psalm 119. In their law and through their prophets, the world saw evidence of their access to higher truth. That was God’s way of bringing mercy and truth together in an everlasting embrace. God had to devise a means by which He could reconcile both His merciful kindness and His everlasting truth. Strike one! 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). Psalm 117. Praise the Lord! In this case, love goes on loving but stands its round and refuses to compromise. It is the world in its totality. Strike two? 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). It is a messianic psalm. Psalm 117 is a universal invitation to people everywhere to praise and brag on Jehovah because of His merciful love and faithfulness. That is our cause for praise. Let us Gentiles remember that this little fellow puts in a powerful voice for us. Psalm 117 INTRODUCTION: I like it when we have these Combined Services. Psalm 117 1 Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. Adapted from Exploring the Psalms, Volume 2: An Expository Commentary by John Phillips. God took deity and humanity and so fused the one into the other that something new was brought into being – the person of Jesus. ( A) Praise the Lord, all nations! So we have the call to praise. God’s heart weeps. Watch Queue Queue They may let themselves go, foolishly handing mind and body over to the control of they know not what. 117 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. 2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord is everlasting. SUBJECT. Not only that, but Praise is the … All people called upon to praise God. “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. But at least they enjoy their religion. 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. Although short, this psalm packs a heavy punch. Psalm 113; LXX, Psalm 116). I do believe that is the case in this Psalm. If that were so, there could be no hope; it would mean thatGod would have to deny His own holy character. “His grace is great toward us.”. Psalm 118 was Martin Luther’s favorite psalm. We would be clods if we did not want to sing and shout His praise. Note that he quoted from all sections of the Hebrew Bible, from the law, the prophets, and the book of Psalms. But how do we keep our eyes on Jesus? Most of us are scared to shout a loud Amen even when we heartily agree with what is being said. Psalm 117dropdownKing James Versiondropdown. 1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! The World in Its Totality Is Lovingly Invited to Adulate Him. It is amazing how reserved we are in most of our services. Used by permission of Kregel Publications. 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. Sermon Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? Extol him, all peoples! When the gospel evangelists went from city to city they always made straight for the synagogue. At last God has uprooted them, allowed their temple to be burned to the ground, and ploughed Jerusalem like a farmer’s field. And the crowd goes wild! Notes • Praise • One of the Hallel Psalms (113-118). What abysmal folly to worship a rat, the most destructive creature on earth, which devours the grain the starving millionsof India need. But although it is brief, it packs a throw weight that is considerable, and is a psalm of praise that encompasses the entire world. 1. 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). What Psalm 117 means The John Phillips Commentary Series from Kregel is available at your local or online Christian bookseller, or contact Kregel at (800) 733-2607. In fact many families read this Psalm out loud together before going on a trip. Psalm 117 admonishes us to praise the Lord because of His great love and His ever-enduring faithfulness. 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