We are accustomed to lay some one stone of a public building with solemn ceremony, and to deposit in it any precious things which may have been selected as a memorial of the occasion: henceforth that cornerstone is looked upon as peculiarly honourable, and joyful memories are associated with it. (a) That which is least esteemed by men as a means of salvation is most esteemed by God. David had been rejected by those in authority, but God had placed him in a position of the highest honour and the greatest usefulness, making him the chief cornerstone of the state. "Chastening, Jah hath chastened me, "says our poet: as much as to say that the Lord had smitten him very severely, and made him sorrowfully to know the full weight of his rod. On what foundation does he rest? Saul sought to slay David, but David outlived Saul, and sat upon his throne. They could see no excellence in him that they should build upon him; he could not be made to fit in with their ideal of a national church, he was a stone of another quarry from themselves, and not after their mind nor according to their taste; therefore they cast him away and poured contempt upon him, even as Peter said, "This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders"; they reckoned him to be as nothing, though he is Lord of all. 22. Here is a standing reason for thanksgiving. If we knew this name better, and trusted it more, our life would be more fruitful and sublime. He carried about with him a light which had come from God; in this light he saw light, and in this light he discerned everything which the light manifested. The psalm was translated into the Greek Septuagint (about 250BC) in Hellenistic Egypt.There is a presence of Aramaisms in the psalm which has been interpreted by a few as evidence of a late date, though this is not definitive. Verse 27. Psalm 118 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 25. 22. Those things which the Spirit of God enables a man to do, are in Scripture sometimes called sacrifices. Their family prayer sanctifies the house with its joyous notes. From God: "the right hand, "etc. 22. Principle has been forgotten and character has been sacrificed to maintain position at court; yea, the manliness which the meanest slave retains has been basely bartered for the stars and garters of a profligate monarch. I was assailed by innumerable doubts and fears, but the Lord helped me; my natural unbelief was terribly inflamed by the insinuations of Satan, but the Lord helped me; multiplied trial were rendered more intense by the cruel assaults of men, and I knew not what to do, but the Lord helped me. "I came for thy prayers, "Daniel 10:12. G. R. Ver. Here is somewhat received; somewhat to be returned. But this Psalm is nearest my heart, and I have a peculiar right to call it mine. But in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. 9. 4. Though this is applicable to the Sabbath, yet it is also applicable to any day, and to every day which God especially makes glorious by delivering many. Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. We must not stop short at the second agent, but rise at once to the first cause, and render all our praises unto the Lord himself. That he is a good God essentially, that he cannot be otherwise than good, should be a fountain out of which the richest praises should perpetually flow. "Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. 3. Ver. Let him do his worst, frown, threat, plot, arm, strike; the Lord is on my side, he hath a special care for me, he is a shield unto me, I will not fear, but hope; as it is in the next verse. I shall see their defeat, I shall see the end of them." This is the day which the LORD hath made. Ver. Without him the strong helpers fail; indeed, apart from him in the sons of men there is no help; but when our gracious Jehovah is pleased to support and strengthen those who aid us, they become substantial helpers to us. Psalms 118:1-3 are sung by single voices. 4. What is true of him is true of his church also, for whenever she obtains the largest measure of spiritual blessing she is then most inclined to plead for more. Bind the sacrifice, etc. But in solemn moments when the Lord is pleased a little to revive his work; at times and seasons when he condescends to draw forth the affections of our hearts unto himself, to bring us into his presence, to hide us in some measure in the hollow of his hand, and give us access unto himself, at such moments and seasons we carry about with us, in spite of all our unbelief, in spite of all the suggestions of the enemy, in spite of all doubts and fears and suspicions that rise from the depths of the carnal mind, in spite of all these counter workings and undermining, we carry about with us at these times a solemn conviction that we have light, and that this light we have received from God. The work remains in print today in several editions. Hosannah, save thy people, O LORD, and send them now prosperity, Psalms 118:25. Christ Jesus is a stone: no firmness, but in him. It did David; The LORD is on my side; I will not fear what man can do unto me. Commentary, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, Amanda Benckhuysen, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2015. He is "the head over all things to the church, "and by him the church is fitly framed together, and groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord. We are not only to believe, but to declare the goodness of God; truth is not to be hushed up, but proclaimed. Adam introduced a day of sadness, but another day is made by Christ: Abraham saw his day from afar, and was glad; we will walk even now in his light. bees!" Our joy in the work. Psalm 23 is one of those places. • Psalm 119, after Psalm 118 is the longest chapter in the Bible. God's mercy endureth for ever. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading A Brief Commentary on Psalm 118 (ABC A Brief Commentary Book 1). Prayers which come out of distress generally come out of the heart, and therefore they go to the heart of God. This is the Hebrew form of comparison, and is equivalent to what is stated in our version. Our Lord Jesus himself pleads for the salvation and the prosperity of his chosen; as our Intercessor before the throne he asks that the heavenly Father would save and keep those who were of old committed to his charge, and cause them to be one through the indwelling Spirit. Ver. In Psalms 118:22-27 the priests and people recognize their ruler, magnify the Lord for him, declare him blessed, and bid him approach the altar with his sacrifice. Ver. As if by common consent all sorts of people set themselves against him, and yet he was more than a match for them all, because he was trusting in the name of the Lord. 3. Thomas Adams. 4. Ver. He then goes up to the house of the Lord to offer sacrifice, and to express his gratitude for the divine interposition, all the people blessing him, and wishing him abundant prosperity. Ver. Psalms 119:125 I [am] thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.. Ver. (Charles Spurgeon) Being such a long Psalm - and the longest chapter in the Bible - this Psalm has been of some historical note. It is better to trust in the LORD. This was the object of the thrusting: to throw him down, to wound him in such a way that he would no longer be able to keep his place, to make him depart from his integrity, and lose his confidence in God. Ever further, ever onward, where no angel's foot may tread, Where the twenty-four elders prostrate fall in mystic, Where the four strange living creatures sing their hymn. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the LORD. They have some red letters, some holy days in the calendar of their lives, wherein this joy, as wine at a wedding, is most seasonable; but among all those days it never relishes so well, it never tasteth so pleasantly, as on a Lord's day. 13. The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the grand incarnation of the mercy of God, calls upon us at every remembrance of him to give thanks unto the Lord, for "he is good.". I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me. This is faith's version of the former passage, "Thou hast thrust sore at me; "for the attacks of the enemy are chastisements from the hand of God. Sabbath days must be rejoicing days, and then they are to us as the days of heaven. Save now, or, hosanna. He speedily ceased from the chastisements which they so richly deserved, because he had a favour towards them. Homer. Psalm 116 is without a title in the Hebrew. 1-4. What was sung just after the passage of the Red sea is here sung by the prophet, and shall be sung to … G. R. Ver. 22. The reason which the Psalmist gives here for his trusting, or for his not fearing, is the great fact, that the Lord is on his side; and the prominent idea which this brings before us is Alliance; the making common cause, which the great God undoubtedly does, with imperfect, yet with earnest, trusting man. Ver. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. All those whose high privilege it is to dwell in the house of the Lord for ever, because they are made priests unto God in Christ Jesus, can truly say that they bless the Christ who has made them what they are, and placed them where they are. George Schweinfurth, in "The Heart of Africa, "1873. Whether Tertullus persecute the church with his tongue, or Elymas with his hand, God hath the command of both. This elect champion found himself rejected by his friends and fellow countrymen, and at the same time violently opposed by his enemies. The grateful hero feels that he cannot himself alone sufficiently express his thankfulness, and therefore he calls in the aid of others. The beginning and end of its requirements is thanksgiving. The Conqueror is now within the gates, and proceeds to accomplish his good purpose, Lu 1:68. Than to put confidence in princes. Psalm 118 is the 118th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Yet David here repeats this truth, that if possible it may sink deep into every mind. Her solace was great: "We will rejoice and be glad." The fourfold testimonies to the everlasting mercy of God which are now before us speak like four evangelists, each one declaring the very pith and marrow of the gospel; and they stand like four angels at the four corners of the earth holding the winds in their hands, restraining the plagues of the latter days that the mercy and long suffering of God may endure towards the sons of men. Psalms 118:14-15, "Because God had become his salvation, "and "the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly." Albert Barnes. Chastisement is sent to keep successful saints humble, to make them tender towards others, and to enable them to bear the high honours which their heavenly Friend puts upon them. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. 6. 17. b) This group of psalms called the Egyptian Haifa runs from Psalm 113 to 118. i) If you recall from two lessons ago, Psalm 113 is about being "called" by God. "Better death than false of faith" is the motto of one of our noble houses, and it may well be ours. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD. 22. These were called proselytes, and are here invited to praise the Lord. 17. To what is it bound? The church is that tower of David; if there be a thousand weapons to wound us, there are a thousand shields to guard us, Song of Solomon 4:4. Without notice of the context, this quote from Psalm 118 has come to mean something like, “God is our Creator. Ver. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiatly. Psalms 118:28-29. God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light. The time will come for them when they shall find the gates of heaven shut against them, for those gates are peculiarly the gates of righteousness through which there shall by no means enter anything that defileth. Therefore let us even at this present moment, though the skies be dark with clouds, yet give thanks unto his name. It is the Lord's right hand, the hand of his skill, the hand of his greatest power, the hand which is accustomed to defend his saints. Certain devout expositors have managed to twist the expression of Psalms 118:17, "I shall not die, but live, "so as to make it applicable to our Lord, who did actually die, and whose glory it is that he died; but we cannot bring our minds to do such violence to the words of holy writ. Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. He worshipped he praised, he prayed: for all this is included in calling upon God, even when he was in a straitened condition. See what a good Master we serve, who having instituted a day for his service, appoints it to be spent in holy joy. Not that he hath become anything which he was not before, but because his people, when they believed on him, became what they were not before, and then he began to be salvation unto them when turned towards him, which he was not to them when turned away from himself. The fact is, we do not recognize God in these small things as much as we should; if we do praise, it is for the receipt of the blessing, with which we are pleased, leaving out of account the One from whom the blessing has come. It may seem strange that, returning from victory, flushed with triumph, the hero should still ask for salvation; but so it is, and it could not be otherwise. Christ's enemies are so spiteful, that in fighting against his kingdom, they regard not what become of themselves, so they may hurt his people; but as the bee undoes herself in stinging, and loses her life or her power with her sting, so do they. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous. Ver. C. H. Spurgeon :: Psalm 119 Verses 137-144 ← Back to C. H. Spurgeon's Bio & Resources. and declare the works of the LORD. The sacrifice we are to offer to God, in gratitude for redeeming love, is ourselves, not to be slain upon the altar, but "living sacrifices" (Romans 12:1) to be bound to the altar; spiritual sacrifices of prayer and praise, in which our hearts must be fixed and engaged, as the sacrifice was bound "with cords to the horns of the altar." It is always well to trace our mercies to him who bestows them, and if we cannot give him anything else, let us at any rate give him our thanks. Salvation, or actual escape out of trial. R. H. Ryland, in "The Psalms restored to Messiah, "1853. Prayer should always be an entreating and beseeching. 5. 3. This has been understood as the tessera, the sentence of attack, or signal to engage, like those of Cyrus—Jupiter is our leader and ally—Jupiter our captain and preserver. Some think that by this we are taught that the king offered so many sacrifices that the whole area of the court was filled, and the sacrifices were bound even up to the altar; but we are inclined to keep to our own version, and to believe that sometimes restive bullocks were bound to the altar before they were slain, in which case Mant's verse is correct": The word rendered "cords" carries with it the idea of wreaths and boughs, so that it was not a cord of hard, rough rope, but a decorated band; even as in our case, though we are bound to the altar of God, it is with the cords of love and the bands of a man, and not by a compulsion which destroys the freedom of the will. 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