Psalms 115 – 116

Psalms 115 to 118 were sung at the end of the Passover service

Psalm 115

David writes that all glory belongs to God, because God delivers those who cannot deliver themselves. 

Physical Israel could not come out of Egypt on their own and spiritual Israel cannot come out of sin on their own.  If we do not follow the whole Word of God we cannot get free from sin. For sin is the transgression of any part of the Word of God!

115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

Carnal people look to gods that they can see, like men and corporate institutions!  Today all men “say” that they follow God, as they ask what man’s teachings do we follow, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.

Mark 7:6   He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Psalms 115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

The God of the faithful called out is in heaven and does as he pleases being the sum of Wisdom, Truth and Power!  In due time God the Father will send his Son to the earth and then the earth will tremble at his presence; for he shall destroy the wickedness of acting contrary to any part of the Word of God in any matter!

115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

There are many idols made of silver and gold, but today’s idols are gold and silver itself, men and corporate institutions, and the false doctrines of men.  We cleave to the false traditions of men rather than follow the Word of God.  Statues can neither hear nor speak and those who follow their own ways instead of the whole Word of God are ignorant and cannot speak the truth and wisdom of God.

115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  115:5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:  115:6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: 115:7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

Those who do not trust and follow the Lamb of God are like the dumb statues that men make;  and every person who trusts in and follows idols of men and the false traditions and corporate edifices of men; is as ignorant as any other idol worshiper.

115:8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

Let spiritual Israel trust in the Mighty God who can deliver us out of our bondage to sin; and trust no more in our false traditions and idols of men! 

115:9 O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

The physical priesthood of the  house of Aaron is a physical allegory to teach us  that every single spiritually Called Out early harvest person, has been called to the birthright [IF they endure and overcome and prove themselves faithful and loyal to the Word of God]; of becoming priests of the priesthood of Jesus Christ under God the Father. 

Let us trust and live by every Word of God instead of following men and their false traditions.

115:10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.  115:11 Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

The Eternal is ever mindful of his faithful, and he will bless his New Covenant Called Out who are faithful and put their trust in HIM! 

He will bless them most of all in spiritual growth in the knowledge and understanding of his perfect word of wisdom and truth; and he will bless the faithful with life eternal in the perfection of godliness!

115:12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

Those who respect the whole Word of God to learn it and to do it; will be greatly spiritually blessed and will be raised up from the depths of the grave to eternal life as spirit!

115:13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

Once they are resurrected to spirit; the Family of God and our responsibilities as the early harvest will continue to increase forever!

115:14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

Those who follow the Lamb wherever HE goes, and  are completely faithful to live by every Word of God, will be greatly blessed of the Eternal; while those who prefer their false traditions and exalt men and corporate entities above the whole Word of God; will be strongly corrected and if they remain unrepentant they will utterly perish.

115:15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

Physical people dwell on the earth and cannot cross the void between heaven and earth; only spirit can cross from earth to heaven and back.  Only those who are completely faithful to follow the whole Word of God without any compromise, will be changed to spirit.

115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

If remain unrepentant and fall in final death in the fire; we will never be able to learn or do anything again forever. 

115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

The faithful followers of God the Father, Jesus Christ and the whole Word of God; will be changed to spirit and they shall rejoice in their lot for all eternity!

115:18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

Praise the Eternal, who by his sacrifice, his Word and his Spirit; has led all that follow him out of the spiritual Egypt of bondage to Satan, sin and death, into the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life!

Praise the LORD.

Psalm 116

When we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; and in due time God the Father convicted us of our sins, revealing the need for repentance and the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to us:  Calling us to God the Father through Christ.

Then when the Eternal heard the voice of our repentance and forgave us, applying the blood sacrifice of the Son to us; we realized how much he has done for us, and we were filled with love for him because of the love he has showed for us!  Please read this story of sin, repentance and love beginning about Luke 7:37.

Luke 7:47   Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

Psalms 116:1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

Those who understand the depth of our need to be forgiven and who understand the tremendous sacrifice that the Father and the Son have made in caring for humanity and working out their plan for our salvation; will be utterly faithful to become spiritually ONE with them forever. 

The proud and self-righteous will lean to their own ways and their idols of men, organizations and false traditions above the Word of God!  They claim to love Christ, but they love him in words only and not in deeds; they love their false ways more than they love God the Father or Jesus Christ. 

116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

When we realize our sins and we repent, in the painful knowledge that eternal death has us in its grasp.

116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Then we sincerely repent and turn back to serve the Eternal and his Word, throwing ourselves on his mercy.

116:4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.  116:5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

The simple or poor in spirit are those who are poor in the spirit of self-will and pride, and are humble and submissive to every Word of God! 

When we sin and then we are brought low and humbled; when we cry out in our sincere humble repentance, committing to go and live by every Word of God forever more; then the Eternal will extend his mercy to us and forgive us, and reconcile us with God the Father, bringing us spiritual peace and rest.

116:6 The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.  116:7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee. 116:8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

It is better to be subject to the Word of God, which is wisdom and truth; then to cleave to our own ways that bring eternal destruction. 

David learned to give up his trust in men, and to trust in the Eternal.  We should also learn never to trust in any man, and we should test every word of man by the whole Word of God.

116:9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. 116:10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:  116:11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.

How can we repay the Eternal for his mercy and his deliverance?

116:12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

By taking of the Passover cup of Salvation, the very cup of Redemption that Jesus blessed with the unleavened bread as a symbol of his shed blood for the redemption of God’s people, and we commit ourselves to follow the Lamb of God whithersoever he goeth (Rev 14:4).

We repay the love of the Eternal by loving him back, by committing to obeying and following HIM and living by every Word of God! By trying to please him, and by not listening to anyone who teaches us to compromise or turn away from any part of God’s Word!

116:13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

Our baptismal vow [commitment] of espousal to Christ; is to keep the whole Word of God without any turning aside, or any hint of compromise.

We are to keep our vow of espousal to Christ and we are to be a shining witness to all of the earth, of passionate faithful obedience to the wondrous Word of God!

116:14 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

The physical death of the faithful Called Out is precious to the Eternal; for they have run their race and have won the victory over all temptations and trials, and have proved themselves to be a fit part of the collective spiritual Bride!

116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

The faithful Called Out are true servants of their master, their espoused Husband and Deliverer; who has redeemed us from death!

116:16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

Let us be grateful for our deliverance and keep our baptismal espousal vows to obey our Husband and his Father in heaven and to follow after NO other!

116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.  116:18 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

Let us always do the will of our Lord as recorded in his Word with all our hearts. Let us keep his Word without compromise or any turning to the right or to the left.  Let us continually rejoice in the love and mercy, of our Beloved!

116:19 In the courts of the LORD’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.



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