PSALM 117

1. Oh praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye people.

2. For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.
Praise ye the Lord.

Commentary taken from Warren Weirsbe’s study guide, ‘BE EXULTANT’.

    An anonymous writer composed the shortest psalm and in three brief sentences encompassed the whole world.  The psalm is an invitation to people everywhere to turn to the Lord and join with believers everywhere in praising Him.  A proper understanding of the psalm will help us appreciate at least four privileges that belong to God’s people.

Worshipping God (v. 1a).  The psalm open and closes with “praise the Lord,” …….The first “praise” translates the familiar Hebrew word ’hallel’ which gives us “hallelujah—praise the Lord.”  The second “praise” is ‘shavah’, which means”to boast, to extol and laud.”  When we praise the Lord, we not only tell Him of his greatness, but we also “brag on Him” to those who hear our songs.  Worship and praise are the highest occupations to which we can dedicate our voices, the activities that will occupy us for all eternity.

Sharing the Gospel (v. 1b).  The word translated “nations” is often translated “Gentiles,” that is, all people who are not of Semitic origin.  The Hebrew word translated “peoples” refers to the diverse nationalities in the world. (Rev 7:9).  You find the phrases “all the earth” and”all peoples” frequently in the book of Psalms……The Jewish people were supposed to be ‘separated’ from the Gentiles but not ‘isolated’ from them……However, Israel failed and became guilty of imitating the Gentiles instead of illuminating the Gentiles with the light of God’s truth.  “Salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22), for God chose the Jewish people to give the world the knowledge of the true God, the scriptures and the Savior.  The church today needs to carry the light of the gospel to the whole world (Acts 13:47).  Paul quoted this verse in Romans 15:11 as part of his explanation of the relationship of the church to Israel…….If we are a worshipping people, praising the Lord, then we will be a witnessing people, telling others how wonderful He is……

Depending on God’s Great Love (v. 2a).…..We have been saved by grace, not by our good works (Eph. 2:8-9), and were it not for God’s merciful lovingkindness we would still be in darkness and death.  How unfortunate that some of the Jewish leaders became proud of being God’s chosen people and began to look down upon others.  They even called the Gentiles “dogs.”  ……If we are humble before the Lord, He can use us to reach others, but if we are proud, He will reject us. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5 NKJV)……A proud church is a weak church.  To enjoy the praise of men is to lose the blessing of God.

Resting on Divine Assurance (v. 2b).  Yes, God’s people are saved by faith and live by faith, but our faith would mean nothing we’re it not for His faithfulness that “endures forever.”  The word translated “truth” or “faithfulness” means in Hebrew “to be firm, to be unshakeable.”…..If God calls us to do something, He is faithful to help us do it (1 Thess. 5:24).  To rely on our faith is to put faith in faith, but to rely on God’s faithfulness is to put faith in the Lord.  Our assurance is in the Word of God and the God of the Word.

This week, I chose the shortest psalm and sometime in the future, I will share the longest psalm, Psalm 119.  Please share any thoughts you might have about this psalm, and any songs that come to mind and devotionals you have read this morning.

I wish all of you a very blessed day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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