Sunday, 19th March 2017 (Lent 3)
Psalm 115:1-18 (NKJV)
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth. 2Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?” 3But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. 4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. 5They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; 6They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; 7They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat. 8Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them. 9O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 10O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 11You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 12The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. 13He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. 14May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children. 15May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 16The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men. 17The dead do not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence. 18But we will bless the Lord From this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 115 is a triumphal song, in which the victory gained is entirely ascribed to Jehovah. The Psalmist teaches that God alone is to be glorified (v. 1-3). He also shows the vanity of idols, (v. 4-8), and exhorts Israel and all who fear God, to trust in the Lord (v. 9-11), because the Lord is good to His people, and He will fulfil His gracious promises (v. 12-16). As living souls we should praise Him, because the dead cannot (v. 17, 18).
The Lord wants and expects us to be thankful to Him in everything (1Thess. 5: 18). Who are those who can thank the Lord? They are those who can say with Paul, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” (Phil 4: 11); and those who do not take God’s blessings for granted like the one leper out of ten (Luke 17: 12-18). Furthermore, He wants us to testify to His wonderful deeds (1 Chron. 16: 8). He wants us to gather in Church with thanksgiving in our hearts (Ps. 100: 4), and to praise Him with songs continually (Ps. 34: 1; 69: 30). Therefore brethren, as we go into the house of the Lord today, let us be thankful to God for His goodness and mercy. Please sing this song as praise and as prayer of faith:
- I will sing unto the Lord a joyful song
- And praise His name for the Lord is good. (2ce)