It did David; The LORD is on my side; I will not fear what man can do unto me. It is the spirit of humility and obedience, and saving faith, that teach men to esteem Christ, and build upon him. Ver. 15. Be it so, that they possess the name, "chief builders"; but if they disown Christ, does it necessarily follow that we must disown him also? God hath given us grace and promised us glory, and we are constrained to ascribe all grace to him, and all the glory of it also. When God is with us, who is the supreme, it should make us fearless. These were specially set apart for God’s service, and, therefore, where much is given, much is expected. Adam Clarke. Presented here is a verse by verse exposition of the New Testament. I will subdue them, get them under my feet, and break their power in pieces. Glory be unto his name.". A 3 week look at psalm 118. 8. Thomas Adams. God had made a covenant with their forefathers, a covenant of mercy and love, and to that covenant he was faithful evermore. Therefore let us even at this present moment, though the skies be dark with clouds, yet give thanks unto his name. The answer was appropriate to the prayer, for he brought him out of his narrow and confined condition into a place of liberty where he could walk at large, free from obstruction and oppression. God. 861-870, there is an exposition of this psalm. Let such who have had an experience of it, acknowledge and declare it to others; not only believe it with their hearts, and privately give thanks for it, but with the mouth make confession of it to the glory of divine grace. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. With the Hebrews salvation is a wide word, comprising all the favours of God that may lead to preservation; and therefore the Psalmist elsewhere extends this act both to man and beast, and, as if he would comment upon himself, expounds swson save, by euodwson? Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Arnobius interprets this text of the Christian Sabbath; others, of the day of salvation by Christ exalted to be the head cornerstone; in opposition to that dismal day of man's fall. Johann David Friesch, 1731. And upon this it has been profitably observed, "It is a small portion of Scripture, and such as we might easily overlook it. Christopher Wordsworth. Joshua was exhorted to be strong and of good courage, "For the Lord thy God is with thee" (Joshua 1:9). No, blessed be the name of God, he may chastise us, but he will not condemn us; we must feel the smarting rod, but we shall not feel the killing sword. To the sound of trumpet and harp, Israel, the house of Aaron, and all that feared the Lord, forgetting their distinctions, joined in one common hymn, testifying again to their deep gratitude to the Lord's goodness, and to the mercy which is unto eternity. The urgency of the prayer, "now—now" —now that the gates of righteousness are open, now that the foundation stone is laid, now that the gospel day has come—now, Lord! Like the swarm of flies Egypt, there was no standing against them; they threatened to sting a man to death with their incessant malice, their base insinuations, their dastardly falsehoods. But in its context it really means so much more. Compare this place with Matthew 11:22-23, and Acts 4:11, and you will find that the precedent verses are a prophetical prediction of Christ's resurrection, and so this verse foretells the church's joy upon that memorable and glorious day. The joy of Christian households. The hero of the Psalm, while he had no earthly friend upon whom he could thoroughly rely, was surrounded by innumerable enemies, who heartily hated him. 113. Thy justice would not suffer thee to save without the Messiah; he is come, "Save now, O LORD, I beseech thee." Whole Psalm. Gordon Churchyard. 25. Even unto the horns of the altar. To Jesus and out work. Ver. Ver. Let them all say it: let them all say it now: let every one of us say it for himself, “His mercy endureth for every.”. Psalms 118:16-17. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. (b) The covenant obligation: "I will praise thee." but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them, or "cut them in pieces." Here are four cords to bind the sacrifice to the four horns of the altar, and four trumpets with which to proclaim the year of jubilee to every quarter of the world. John Calvin. This wonderful psalm may be best understood by the dominant pronouns within. Those things which the Spirit of God enables a man to do, are in Scripture sometimes called sacrifices. This dramatic representation of Messiah coming in glory, to take his great power and reign among us, is apportioned to the chief character, "the King of kings and Lord of lords, "to his saints following him in procession, and to priests and Levites, representing the Jewish nation. Send now prosperity, .God will send it, but his people must pray for it. 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. Jehovah has done it all; yea; in Christ Jesus he is all, and therefore in our praises let him alone be extolled. Grateful hearts are greedy of men's tongues, and would monopolize them all for God's glory. 20. Whether Tertullus persecute the church with his tongue, or Elymas with his hand, God hath the command of both. 27. Recognize his hearing ear as well as his bounteous hand, and be yours the Psalmist's words, I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading A Brief Commentary on Psalm 118 (ABC A Brief Commentary Book 1). “Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,” … Now. 12. 1 Chronicles 25:1 and 2 Chronicles 29:30 add that Asaph was a prophet in his musical compositions.. 1. Psalm 118 rings out as a beautiful psalm of thanksgiving and praise, from beginning to end. Psalm 108:1-5 is very similar to Psalm 57:7-11, and Psalm 108:6-13 is almost identical to Psalm 60:5-12. 4. All nations compassed me about. Jehovah condescended to be in alliance with the good man and his comrades; his God was not content to look on, but he took part in the struggle. The gates won by his righteousness, to whom we daily say, "Thou only art holy"; the gates which needed the "Via Dolorossa and the cross, before they could roll back on their hinges. She never pants so eagerly for prosperity as when she sees the Lord's doings in her midst, and marvels at them. The enemies specified in Psalm 108:9-13 are Moab, Edom, and … Ver. Ver. 17. The grateful hero feels that he cannot himself alone sufficiently express his thankfulness, and therefore he calls in the aid of others. Psalm 118:24 This Psalm has been applied by our Church to the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 5. 17. Public praise for public mercies is every way most appropriate, most acceptable to God, and most profitable to others. 27. Franz Delitzsch. 22. 125. A complete set of The Treasury of David in book form is available from Pilgrim Publications, PO Box 66, Pasadena, TX 77501. Thomas Adams. Them that fear the LORD. 1. : three right hands; both the salvation and the joy are from the hand of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost; the right hand of each doeth valiantly. Ver. Peter Smith, 1644. The whole nation was concerned in David's triumphant accession, and therefore it was right that they should unite in his adoring song of praise. Psalm 23 is one of those places. He praises God by mentioning his favours, weaving his song out of the divine goodness which he had experienced. But not so the Holy Ghost. The exultation:Psalms 118:24, This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. | 402 … The character of the workmen employed in this spiritual structure; they are called builders. and then farewell to us. I suppose he who uttered these words has passed through the beautiful gates of the temple. A man had now come to the throne who for their Master's sake would esteem them, give them their dues, and preserve them safe from all harm. Excerpt from Spurgeon's Introduction to Psalm 119 [Psalm 119] is like the celestial city which lies four-square, and the height and the breadth of it are equal. Psalm 118:1-4. The more we study the history of Christ and his church the more fully shall we agree with this declaration. The two Psalms 117:1-2 th and 118th, are placed together because, though each is a distinct portion in itself, the 117th is an exordium to that which follows it, an address and an invitation to the Gentile and heathen world to acknowledge and praise Jehovah. My sufferings were sore, but they were only for a season. for in the name of the Lord will I destroy them. He wrote (cited by C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David [Baker], 5:337), This is my psalm, my chosen psalm. Ver. The exalted position of Christ in his church is not the work of man, and does not depend for its continuation upon any builders or ministers; God himself has wrought the exaltation of our Lord Jesus. 27. No; but a great deal of stir and ado must be made with it. From God: "the right hand, "etc. Ver. Ver. Thou hast indeed. 25. Now comes the closing song of the champion, and of each one of his admirers. This is like vivat rex, and speaks both a hearty joy for his accession to the crown, an entire satisfaction in his government, and a zealous affection to the interests and honour of it. 14. Because we can look back to a time when we walked in no such light, when we felt no such light, when everything spiritual and heavenly was dark to us, and we were dark to them. That I might fall. Future, past, present — all full of blessing. 6. When Herod was highly displeased with the armies of Tyre and Sidon, they did not venture to approach him until they had made Blastus, the king's chamberlain, their friend. Ver. The grateful champion having reached the entrance of the temple, asks for admission in set form, as if he felt that he could only approach the hallowed shrine by divine permission, and wished only to enter in the appointed manner. 1. Joy in God on other days is like the birds chirping in winter, which is pleasing; but joy on the Lord's day is like their warbling times and pretty notes in spring, when all other things look with a suitable delightful aspect. —Thomas Adams. This will rebut all the attacks of our fiercest foes — “But the Lord helped me.”. Ver 26. Israel sinned in Egypt, provoked the Lord in the wilderness, went astray again and again under the judges, and transgressed at all times; and yet the Lord continued to regard them as his people, to favour them with his oracles, and to forgive their sins. 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. Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 22. Angels may say that he is good, but they need not his mercy and cannot therefore take an equal delight in it; inanimate creation declares that he is good, but it cannot feel his mercy, for it has never transgressed; but man, deeply guilty and graciously forgiven, beholds mercy as the very focus and centre of the goodness of the Lord. Therefore when we hope for help from them, God bloweth upon them, and turneth them to our hurt and destruction. Solomon Gesner. 22-27. He does not give us over unto death at any time, and we may be quite sure that he has not done so while he condescends to chasten us, for if he intended our final rejection he would not take the pains to place us under his fatherly discipline. The present exaltation of the Son of David now demands from all who are the subjects of his kingdom continual songs of thanksgiving to him who hath set him on high in the midst of Zion. George Schweinfurth, in "The Heart of Africa, "1873. Refused, cast away; then, called for again, and made head of the building. 114. Neither is there any idle repetition, but a notable expression of the saints' insatiableness of praising God for his never failing mercy. Every time the morning and evening lamb was sacrificed, the priests saw the continual mercy of the Lord, and in all the holy vessels of the sanctuary, and all its services from hour to hour, they had renewed witness of the goodness of the Most High. How sweetly can many of us repeat in the retrospect of our past tribulations this delightful sentence, "But the Lord helped me." 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. In which words we have the church's solace, or joy, and the season, or day of it. Ver. Ver. Ver. 2. 18. As the salvation of the elect is one, and the love of God to them one, so should their song be one, as here four several times it is said, His mercy endureth for ever. The expression may also be translated "to me, "that is to say, Jehovah belongs to me, and is mine. 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. Those already inside sing Psalms 118:26 in welcome of their friends. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Now, now, now, saith David; there be three nows, and all to teach us that for aught we know, it is now or never, today or not at all; we must praise God while the heart is hot, else our iron will cool. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me. David mentioned those that helped him, he was not unmindful of his followers; there is a long record of David's mighty men in the book of Chronicles, and this teaches us that we are not to disdain or think little of the generous friends who rally around us; but still our great dependence and our grand confidence must be fixed upon the Lord alone. It is said, I called upon the LORD. Ebenezer Erskine. In looking back upon our past lives we can remember many delightful occasions in which with joy unutterable we have in the fulness of our heart blessed our Saviour and our King; and all these memorable seasons are so many foretastes and pledges of the time when in the house of our great Father above we shall for ever sing, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, "and with rapture bless the Redeemer's name. Her solace was great: "We will rejoice and be glad." Ver. Ver. Good songs, good promises, good proverbs, good doctrines are none the worse for age. The head stone of the corner. Ver. 16. (b) That which is most esteemed by God when made known is least esteemed by man. 16. Men pray; they receive an answer to their prayers; and then forget to praise. Ver. And How far? Festival Psalm at the Dedication of the New Temple. I didn’t get very far as I only had about 15 minutes to do my devotions before I went to work, and I was so thrilled in the first commentary I read. He fell sick. Contributed by Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on Apr 12, 2020. 11. This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall. Psalm 118 rings out as a beautiful psalm of thanksgiving and praise, from beginning to end. Matthew Henry. Though the psalm is unattributed, its opening words and repeated refrain-"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! David, (or God's people, if you will,) being taught by experience, exults in great confidence, but does not say, the Lord is my helper, and I shall suffer no more, knowing that while he is a pilgrim here below he will have much to suffer from his daily enemies; but he says, The LORD is my helper, I will not fear what man can do unto me. 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