Psalms 115 – 118

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

Psalm 115

David writes that all glory belongs to God: 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 most people “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 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 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 pit 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 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 anyone remains unrepentant and falls in final death in the fire; they 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 in full UNITY 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 that we are in bondage to Satan and sin, and eternal death has us in its grasp; let us sincerely repent and turn to live by every Word of God.

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

Like David we must 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 to 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?

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.

We are to take 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 are to commit ourselves to follow the Lamb of God whithersoever he goeth (Rev 14:4).

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

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!

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

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!

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 collective spiritual Husband Jesus Christ 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.

 

Psalms 117

God showed great mercy in keeping his promise to Abraham and calling physical Israel out of Egypt.  He has shown great mercy in calling an early spiritual harvest out of bondage to sin over the past 6,000 years.  God’s Word is truth and it will endure and be kept by the faithful forever! 

Instead of compromising with and rejecting the truth of God to exalt our own false traditions and idols of men and corporations; we should be rejoicing at our calling out of such sin, and into becoming ONE in complete unity with God the Father and the Son! 

117:1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.  117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Instead of a gluttonous meal and idle gossip, do think on and discuss God’s deliverance for the faithful sincere keepers of his Word on the Night to be Much Observed [remembered]; picturing the beginning of physical Israel’s march of deliverance out of Egypt, and the beginning of our march of spiritual deliverance out of bondage to Satan and sin.

 

Psalm 118

118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. 118:2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 118:4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

If we love God the Father and Jesus Christ enough to keep the whole Word of God and we sincerely repent of living our own ways; then God will deliver us into the large place of the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life!

118:5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

Regardless of what happens to us physically, if we are faithful unto our death we have the Promise of Almighty God to bring us up out of our grave and into his Promised Land of eternal life. 

No person, not even an angel or some elder, can separate us from the love of our Mighty One!  Only our own sins and our refusal to live by every Word of God can separate us from God; and even then he still loves us and will correct us!  

What man or spirit can condemn the faithful when we are faithful to live by every Word of God and our eternal spirit High Priest makes daily intercession for us his beloved?

Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

We will be tempted, tried and even killed for our love for the whole Word of God, just as Jesus was; yet death will have no power to hold us, just like it had no power to hold our Master! 

8:36   As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Be strong and of a good courage and commit yourselves to faithfully live by every Word of God the Father with enthusiastic zeal!  Sincerely repent of all past sins and the idolizing of men and their institutions and false traditions. 

The Eternal who parted the Red Sea and destroyed the first born of Egypt is on our side; IF we are on HIS side and live by every Word of God to follow him wherever he goes!

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

The Eternal will take the part of all of those who zealously take HIS part and love him enough to DO what he teaches!  The Eternal will correct those who persecute his people and when they eventually repent they will turn to the same kind of zeal to love, learn and keep the whole Word of God that fills God’s faithful:  Yet the adamantly unrepentant will have their part in the eternal destruction of the lake of fire. 

118:7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

Trust in God and his Word more than anything else!  Test the words of all men against the whole Word of God and hold fast ONLY to what is good according to the whole Word of God.

118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

All those who attack and persecute the faithfully zealous of God will be corrected and if unrepentant they will be destroyed.  Yes, even the many elders of today’s spiritual Ekklesia who pressure and persecute the righteous to try and turn them away from their zeal for godliness, will be thrown into the correction of great tribulation. 

When the Adversary surrounds us with his agents and rises up against us; if we RUN to our God and his Word, we shall be delivered from Satan and sin.

118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. 118:11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

In the name of [by the authority of, the command of] the Eternal, all the enemies of the righteousness of the Word of God will be destroyed.

118:12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

The enemy is Satan and bondage of sin and the grave, and Satan has worked hard to make us fall away from our zeal for our God.  Resist him in the name of the Eternal and victory will be gifted to us by our Deliverer just like he led physical Israel victorious out of physical bondage in Egypt!

118:13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.

David now begins to quote the song of Moses (Ex 15, Rev 15)  which is to be sung by the resurrected bride at the Marriage of the Lamb before the throne of God the Father in heaven! 

Our God is mighty, He is valiant, He is gloriously victorious over all his enemies [Satan and sin]:  He is great and greatly to be honored and praised!

118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. 118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. 118:16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

David did die physically,  Here he refers to the resurrection to eternal life after which he will eternally declare the mighty works of YHVH, the Eternal.

118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

God will correct his people who go astray, in order to bring them back to him, but God will not give up on those he has called or willingly give us over to the flames.  Only we can choose the eternal death by fire through our adamant refusal to repent from our departure from living by every Word of God.

118:18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

God  is righteousness; and the Word of God defines the righteousness of God!

118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: 118:20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.

God hears our sincere repentance and he gives us his merciful salvation by applying the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to us.

118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

David prophesies of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God and how he would be rejected for a time.  David prophesies of the day of salvation, speaking of the Passover when the Lamb of God was sacrificed for the salvation of all sincerely repentant people.

118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 118:23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.  118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made [the Passover which God has ordained]; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Blessed are all those who are faithful in their complete submission to live by every Word of God.

118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ in the flesh, brought the light of spiritual understanding; and he was bound by his promise to die for the sins of humanity like the sacrifices were bound on the altar.

118:27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

Here we have a most fitting end to the Passover service; a praise of God for his eternal mercies for his creation!

118:28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.  118:29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

 

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