It begins well. The good brother was arrested, the trial was eventually held, and he was condemned and executed for his brother's crimes. Recent scholarship, helpfully, sees this “plea” as a devout desire for continuing protection … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 16" While the psalmist believed in Yahweh, he determined that he couldn’t believe in men. But in this verse, the psalmist takes the cup of salvation––drinks deeply from the blessing that Yahweh has bestowed on him––on the renewed life that Yahweh has given him. You have freed me from my chains. A name expressed the person’s essential character––something of the person’s power or authority. Having experienced bountiful blessings at Yahweh’s hands, the psalmist can retreat to a safe place––a place where he not have to fear the enemy’s assaults––a place where he will no longer feel beleaguered. This evening, as we draw closer to Good Friday, thoughts of death are on the mind. Love is a natural response to being saved. He can drink the cup of salvation that Yahweh has provided, and “call on the name of Yahweh.”. Sermon Notes for Psalm 115:8 ← Prior Section. Those of us who have attained a certain age can appreciate the meaning of that gesture. And so he suffered death, he suffered hell, to save us from it. Grace Lutheran Church exists to proclaim Christ crucified and all the truths of God's Word in the Kenai-Soldotna area. Or as John wrote, "We love because he first loved us." I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the Apr 13, 2012. PSALMS 116. He was free from the law, free to do whatever he wanted. The psalmist continues, rereading verse 8 and continuing to the end of the Psalm…, I believed; therefore I said, "I am greatly afflicted. He may have in mind ropes or nets that he has used to ensnare game. Psalm 18:1-6. We're not even obligated to try our best since the salvation Christ won for us on the cross is complete! The word sama means hear or listen––but in this context it obviously means more. (General Editor), New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis, 5 vol., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997), All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. Listen to the first half of Psalm 116 that describes how God has given us the gift of forgiveness in giving us the cup of salvation. By facing that anguish for us. (Psalms 116:5) Note verse 6 says he was brought low. Considering they were identical twins, they had very little in common. yes, in the presence of all his people. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. “in the courts of Yahweh’s house, in the midst of you, Jerusalem” (v. 19a). (1) God is God, before all things pre-ordaining, revolving within Himself and all things else, as He pleases, the great foundation given to Moses in the bush—"I am!" After the first volley of imperative verbs (verses 1-3a), the psalm pauses for reflection on the nature of the people who are praising God. “Yahweh is Gracious (Hebrew: hannun) and righteous” (Hebrew: saddiq) (v. 5a). What could he do, all tied up? He fled the scene and called his brother, sobbing, "Brother, help me. ), The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 5 vol. and Kahane, Ahuvia, The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 1998), Fohrer, Georg, Hebrew & Aramaic Dictionary of the Old Testament (SCM Press, 2012), Freedman, David Noel (ed. But none die without notice from Yahweh––because their deaths (and lives) are precious in Yahweh’s sight. The word tahanun means a prayer of supplication or a plea for mercy. “Return to your rest, my soul, for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you” (v. 7). Why do we do all this? It was soon cured. He felt “the cords of death” and “the pains of Sheol” (v. 3). (John 13:34) We will sacrifice our thank offerings to God, giving not just our dollars or our time in service, but giving our very selves. But right before his death, he gave his disciples another cup. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, In other words the Lord was loves the simple and puts a hedge around him. 4 Then I called on the name of Yahweh: But free to do what? The contents might be the blessing of abundance (Psalm 23:5) or consolation (Jeremiah 16:7). The word ‘aman means to have the confidence that comes from depending on a reliable resource, such as a loving parent––or Yahweh. “What will I give to Yahweh for all his benefits toward me?” (v. 12). 6 Yahweh preserves the simple. It frees us. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1979-1988), Brown, Francis; Driver, S.R. There are also great lessons to be gleaned from the psalms. Pains of hell. 2. 6-8 ***** Psalm 116:1-6. Yahweh has heard him and has saved his life. "Quick, let's change clothes." “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver (Hebrew: malat) my soul” (Hebrew: nepes) (v. 4b). 14b (Downers Grove, Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press, 1973), Limburg, James, Westminster Bible Companion: Psalms (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000, Mays, James Luther, Interpretation: Psalms (Louisville: John Knox, 1994), McCann, J. Clinton, Jr., The New Interpreter’s Bible: The Book of Psalms, Vol. ), The Complete WordStudy Old Testament (Chattanooga; AMG Publishers, 1994), Baker, Warren and Carpenter, Eugene, The Complete WordStudy Dictionary: Old Testament (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2003), Bromiley, Geoffrey (General Editor), The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised, 4 vols. Our gratitude wells up within us and expresses itself in acts of service to God and to our neighbor. Read verse in New International Version Nowhere in the Old Testament is it described as a place of punishment. “I love the Lord.” Psalms 116:1. Have you ever been tied up so you couldn't move? ", And in my dismay I said, "All men are liars. He was addicted to drugs, couldn't keep job, used others in whatever way he could and so had no true friends…, One day, the second brother got in a drunken fight at the bar and landing a crushing blow, killed the other man. John Piper Apr 13, 2012 45 Shares Sermon. The word malat is more usually used to mean escape or flee. “Yea, Lord, thou knowest all things. 1 Wohl denen, die ohne Tadel leben, die im Gesetz des HERRN wandeln! “and my cries for mercy” (Hebrew: tahanun) (v. 1b). b. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 116:15. The phrase, “the son of your handmaid,” emphasizes both the psalmist’s double and his perpetual servitude. Psalm 116:1-9 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2 Ja, er hat sein Ohr mir zugeneigt, alle meine Tage will ich zu ihm rufen. Pride stands in the way of listening to wise counsel. “Yes, our God is merciful” (Hebrew: raham) (v. 5b). Ezekiel uses it to describe someone who sins through ignorance (Ezekiel 45:20). Now as we read of how God saved this man from physical death, we can't help but think of the greater miracle: "The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the [hell] came upon me.". 4. verse 17, "I will offer the sacrifice of praise." 7 Return to your rest, my soul, Our raham God is sympathetic to those in need. 1-2 (Luke 22:42) "If there's any other way, God…" But there was no other way. That’s what the psalmist is determined to do. We will say to God. When he couldn't save himself, he cried out to God to save him. Presumably the psalmist made such a vow when his life was threatened. II. What kind of life does the Psalmist experience now? Powered by, Thursday, March 28, 2013 – Maundy Thursday. I didn’t know that I should swim parallel to the shore to get out of the rip tide. From the time that his brother took his blood stained clothes and his guilt on himself, that man no longer lived the way he once did. Scripture: Psalm 119:9–16. Then in verse 7, God's bountiful dealings with the soul of man. But while the evil twin was free to do as he pleased, what pleased him was now different. And God didn't disappoint. We live, free from fear, even fear of death—for through Christ and. 17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, We call on God's name in prayer and in song. That's not freedom. As God's children, we should depend on Him. The word raham means merciful or compassionate. Praise Yah! Jesus Lives! "The children sat in chairs gathered around a table. The thanksgiving offering required the sacrifice of an animal as well as an offering of unleavened cakes and wafers mixed with oil” (Leviticus 7:12). in the midst of you, Jerusalem. Browse Sermons on Psalm 11. The psalmist may have been speaking of spiritual death the whole time. The psalmist can’t repay Yahweh for saving his life, but he can give thanks––and praise Yahweh in a public setting. It erred on the right side, for it showed faith in God rather than in the creature. “I was brought low, and (Yahweh) saved me” (v. 6b). The offering had to be eaten the same day. SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. I was brought low, and he saved me. Psalm 116:1-19 (NIV) 1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Love to God can see, and it can give a reason for its own existence, and a good substantial reason too. 12 What will I give to Yahweh for all his benefits toward me? No! He didn't! “Yahweh, truly I am your servant. “I was greatly afflicted.”, 11 I said in my haste, Calling on the name of the Lord requires allegiance––commitment––faith. He said he had been simplehearted or foolish. Psalm 116. The author has had a close brush with the grim reaper. He gave them a cup that saved them from death. While it's true that many religions do bind one to greater obligations, not the gospel of Jesus! The psalmist doesn’t spell out the nature of the peril except that it was extreme. GOD’S ATTRIBUTES – Vs. 5. Back to Sermons. 10 I believed, therefore I said, The psalmist believed in Yahweh, and that gave him confidence to face his adversities. It means the grave or death (Genesis 37:35; 42:38, etc.). And it sets us free! “For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling” (v. 8). Thanks for reading! Psalms 117:1-2 is the conclusion to this psalm. And what's worse, he knew the situation he was in was no one's fault but his own. We no longer live for ourselves, but for the one who saved us. Yahweh counts saints as precious, because they are members of his family––loved ones. Read or listen to (, Picture Window theme. And now, we are truly free to live in this life—free to live to serve him. Anderson, A.A., The New Century Bible Commentary: Psalms 73-150 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972), Broyles, Craig C., New International Biblical Commentary: Psalms (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999, Brueggemann, Walter, The Message of the Psalms A Theological Commentary (Minneapolis: Augsburg Press, 1984), Clifford, Richard J., Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries: Psalms 73-150 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003), DeClaisse-Walford, Nancy; Jacobson, Rolf A.; Tanner, Beth Laneel, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Book of Psalms (Grand Rapids: Wm. Sermons. To listen to these sermons or subscribe to the podcast, visit our webpage: www.GraceLutheranKenai.com and check out the resources there! the pains of Sheol got a hold of me. What does he have that Yahweh needs? 1. verse 13, "I will take the cup of salvation." We walk a relaxed route, literally, "going to and fro," before the Lord. Listen to how he's saved us from death and given us eternal life…. Rejoice that you and I don't need to search the globe for the Fountain of Youth. “I will walk before Yahweh in the land of the living” (v. 9). We ask, And while we can never fully repay him, we strive to do the things that are pleasing to him. The Israelites thought of the person holistically, and would never have divided the person into body and soul, as the Greeks were later to do. We, "will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the. It is the contents of the cup that counts. 14 I will pay my vows to Yahweh, He has given us real life. 2 Because he has turned his ear to me, One of the cruelest things you can do is to spurn a gift of love. ), Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000), Mounce, William D., (ed. It did err in being too sweeping, too severe, too suspicious.  3 Mich umfingen Fesseln des Todes, Bedrängnisse der Unterwelt haben mich getroffen, Bedrängnis und Kummer treffen mich. 4 Ich rief den Namen des HERRN: Ach … 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words (hast, shineth, etc. The great danger is lest the mood should pass into a habit, lest we should nurse it until it becomes a chronic attitude of mind, and we begin to lose the taste of its bitterness and to take a morbid pleasure in indulging it. How can we be so certain? That is possible, because the psalmist is a voluntary servant, serving Yahweh out of gratitude. Not only will he pay his vows to Yahweh, but he will do so “in the presence of all his people”––bearing witness to the faithfulness that Yahweh has shown him. It has been said that there is a Psalm for every situation you face; that if you are ever looking for a scripture which addresses a need in your life, look in the Psalms, for you will find something that speaks to your situation there. There was nothing we could do to escape, but cry out for help. The first section shows five ways to make the Lord your treasure: He maintained his faith when sorely tempted to think that Yahweh had abandoned him. The Court of Israelites (open to ritually pure Israelite men). Children are dependent upon their parents. And no one within the community can claim that authority, since the community didn’t create itself (verse 3b). And we know without a doubt that we are saved from that death when we cry out to God in our great need. Furthermore, he can do so in a public setting where his thanksgiving will honor God in the presence of the assembled worshipers. Dear friends, we are the evil twin. 2 Because he has turned his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. Verse 11. 3-4. Pastor Guenther, Can you imagine if there were a drink that would give eternal life and youth? Deliverance from death is obviously significant, but deliverance from tears and fall is equally significant. Verse 11. Worship. Browse Sermons on Psalm 116:1-8. 2 Wohl denen, die sich an seine Zeugnisse halten, die ihn von ganzem Herzen suchen, 3 die auf seinen Wegen wandeln und kein Unrecht tun. The Sum of God's Word Is Truth. Psalm 111:1-10 The Lord Provides 1/16/11 D. Marion Clark Introduction This is a good psalm that turns our minds and hearts to thank God for his provision and good works. The cops no longer hunted him for the murder he committed, since as far as they were concerned, justice had been served, the killer had been caught. Then we would still be bound too. I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), Freedman, David Noel (Ed. HELPED BY GOD! And we do both as often as we can just as he told us to. Psalm 116 Einheitsübersetzung 2016 Rettung aus Todesnot und Opfer des Dankes 1 Ich liebe den HERRN; denn er hört meine Stimme, mein Flehen um Gnade. I am your servant, the son of your handmaid” (v. 16). What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me? Psalm 121: A Funeral Sermon Ministry Today 42: March 2008 By Paul Beasley-Murray Chair of Ministry Today and Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford I can‟t remember when Alan and Alison first began to attend our church - it must have been toward the end of the last millennium. But the person who can still experience tears and falling finds pain an ongoing problem. ), The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, 6 vol. Yes, our God is merciful. 13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of Yahweh. 15 Precious in the sight of Yahweh is the death of his saints. The people of that time and place thought of names as more than labels. He is gracious, righteous, and full of compassion, and in his great love for us, he cut the cords of death that entangled us and freed us from the anguish of hell that nearly overtook us. Now I'm free to go back to the bar and continue my wicked ways!"? Since Yahweh has saved his life, the psalmist pledges to walk before Yahweh “in the land of the living”––while the psalmist is alive. So the psalmist is describing his anguish at the thought of his impending death. God's blessings! And Jesus, our brother, put on our blood-stained clothes and took our place in the execution. He knew what to do. How? Psalms 116:1. The World English Bible is based on the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament. The word mesar means pain or distress or anguish. My goal in this series is to help us learn how to better appreciate and praise God as that is what much of the psalms involve. As the Psalmist writes, God has freed us from our chains. This psalm reveals the heart of a passionate man, so we can imagine him pleading passionately for God’s mercy. It's a helpless, panicky feeling. Scripture Psalm 119 Sort Bible Verse. “and call on the name of Yahweh” (v. 13b). I just killed a man and the police will be here any minute.". This Gospel message is the cup of salvation from which we drink! He could have no confidence in them. 9 I will walk before Yahweh in the land of the living. And the gospel frees us to do just that. It is only natural, then, that the psalmist will pledge true loyalty to Yahweh. ; and Briggs, Charles A., The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1906, 2004), Doniach, N.S. He determined that he couldn ’ t believe in men be eaten the same time title indicates )... 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