Psalm 115

After giving glory to the LORD, the author calls people and priests and Gentile converts alike to trust in the LORD.

 


 

TO YOUR NAME GIVE GLORY

NOTE. This is one of the “Hallel” psalms. They are sung at the Passover meal. They include Psalm 113114115116117, and 118.

 

VERSE 1. Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for your loving kindness, and for your truth’s sake.

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Not to us, LORD. We humans tend to take credit for what God has done. We speak of wonderful things as something we achieved. That takes the glory away from God. It is more honest to say, “God has richly blessed me.”

to your name give glory. The reverse can also happen. Some great thing happens in our life, and we minimize or trivialize it instead of describing how great it really is. This also takes away the glory from God. It is more honest to say, “God has richly blessed me.”

 

VERSE 2. Why should the nations say, “Where is their God, now?”

Why should the nations say. The first verse ascribes glory to God. But this verse is more of a complaint.

Where is their God. We saw this back in Psalm 79:

Psalm 79:10. Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let it be known among the nations, before our eyes, that vengeance for your servants’ blood is being poured out.

 

VERSE 3. But our God is in the heavens. He does whatever he pleases.

our God is in the heavens. The One God of Israel is not a created being. He is “uncreated.”

He does whatever he pleases. The One God of Israel is omnipotent. He can do anything.

 

VERSE 4. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

the work of men’s hands. Unlike the One God of Israel, the gods of the nations are mere trinkets. They are bought and sold in the marketplace.

 

VERSE 5. They have mouths, but they don’t speak. They have eyes, but they don’t see.

 

VERSE 6. They have ears, but they don’t hear. They have noses, but they don’t smell.

 

VERSE 7. They have hands, but they don’t feel. They have feet, but they don’t walk, neither do they speak through their throat.

 

VERSE 8. Those who make them will be like them; yes, everyone who trusts in them.

 

VERSE 9. Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

 

VERSE 10. House of Aaron, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

House of Aaron, trust in the LORD. Even the priests need to be summoned to a trusting faith in the LORD. It is possible for people in ministry positions to fall away from the faith.

 

VERSE 11. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

You who fear the LORD. This might possibly refer to Gentiles who had converted and became Jews.

VERSE PHRASE INTERPRETATION
9 “Israel” Jewish people
10 “House of Aaron” Priests
11 “You who fear the LORD” Gentile converts

 

VERSE 12. The LORD remembers us. He will bless us. He will bless the house of Israel. He will bless the house of Aaron.

The LORD remembers us. The congregation is responding to the admonitions above to trust in the LORD.

 

VERSE 13. He will bless those who fear the LORD, both small and great.

He will bless those. Even though our lives might not yet seem to have this degree of blessedness, it is already present, at least in nascent form. And in the fullness of time, it will fully arrive.

 

VERSE 14. May the LORD increase you more and more, you and your children.

May the LORD increase you. A leader is praying a blessing not unlike the blessing Aaron was to pray over them:

Numbers 6:24-26. The LORD bless you, and keep you. 25 The LORD make his face to shine on you, and be gracious to you. 26 The LORD lift up his face toward you,and give you peace.

 

VERSE 15. Blessed are you by the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 146:6. who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever;

 

VERSE 16. The heavens are the heavens of the LORD; but the earth has he given to the children of men.

 

VERSE 17. The dead don’t praise the LORD, neither any who go down into silence;

The dead. The New Testament describes heaven and eternal life. But what does the Old Testament say about life after death? Read more »

 

VERSE 18. But we will bless the LORD, from this time forward and forever more. Praise the LORD!

 


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