Psalms 114:1-2 says, “When Israel went out of
Psalms 114 is a great Psalms about what God has done for
With the Gospel comes
great freedom. God loves freedom because God loves the way of an eagle in the
air. This Psalms begins by remembering “When Israel went out of
It’s a great thing to be freed from slavery. It’s a wonderful thing. It’s something to be thankful for. When something as great as the freeing of a nation from slavery happens we know it is God’s doing.
The important thing to remember about
It would be absurd for A Christian to live their life remembering that they were a sinner enslaved to their sins rather than remembering that Christ freed them through His blood.
What is better to remember that you were a slave or to remember that you have been freed from your slavery and be thankful for it.
Sometimes men love to look back on the
past and cast the inward eye with redolences on special moments that have past.
God loves to remember too. One of the things He loves to remember is when He
brought the children of
What a day that must have been. What a time of faith fulfilled and joy and rejoicing in the hearts of the Israelites. The freeing of them from slavery must resulted in the Israelites turning too God with all their hearts, with thankful and humble hearts full of faith just like a newborn Christian.
Jeremiah 2:2 says, “Go and cry in the ears of
This same principle is taught in Revelation 2:3-5, “And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
When ever a person is saved it is because that person has turned to
the Lord with all the heart. There is no such thing as half way believing on
Jesus and half way not. Perhaps one reason God loves to remember the moment a
Christian was first saved just as he loves to remember the day
Oh that we could always cling to the old rugged cross and never let go.
114:1-2 says, “When Israel went out of
Jesus never forgets a heart when it turns to him. Such moments are special to him because of how much love he has for men and because of how few there are that turn to him, that turn towards His love and that accept His free gift of eternal life.
In the rest of Psalms 114 several of the
great miracles when Jesus freed
Psalms 114:3-8 says, “The sea saw it, and fled:
One of the great miracles of the Bible
that is mentioned over and over is the parting of the red sea. The reason it is
mentioned so often is because it is a picture of salvation. God makes a way
where there is no way. Sometime that is impossible for men to do is possible by
the power of God. If God had not parted the red sea the nation of
This is the great miracle that God wants us to remember, the miracle of the gospel. All other miracles in some way God uses to symbolize and to remind us of salvation by grace through face in Christ Jesus.
Psalms 115:1- says, “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.”
It’s very important that the name of God is glorified and not men. We do not need to glorify ourselves because God will glorify us in due time.
There are two reasons the name of God needs to be glorified: Mercy and truth. Mercy is God withholding His judgment upon sin and instead of punishing us giving us opportunity and time to repent. Truth is like light. It shines forth so that we might see the right decisions to make in life in every particular circumstance.
Mercy and truth are closely associated with the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the truth. And through the blood of Jesus which was shed on the cross some 2000 years ago mercy can be found for those who are repentant of their sins. There is great power in the name of Jesus Christ; the power to save a soul from the darkness of sin, the power to open the eyes of the blind, the power of the forgiveness of sins. It is no wonder the name of Jesus should be uplifted and we should not.
Psalms 115:2-3 says, “Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”
Now this is a statement an unbeliever will readily say in any circumstance good or bad to a Christian: Where is your God? Such a question is in a way rhetorical and sarcastic, accusatory it is a way of saying God is not helping you. But such is not true. When the lost people of the world look at your circumstances in life and attack your faith by saying, where is your God? The proper answer to give them is My God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.
In other words God is in control. There is never a time God is not in control of a Christian’s life. Jesus holds you by the hand very jealously and He will never let you go. Jonah learned this the hard way when he tried to run away from God and from the will of God.
Where is my God? My God is in the heavens. He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased. Another way of saying it is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God; to them that are the called according to His purpose.”
Psalms 115:4-8, “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.”
Even the unbelievers have their gods. Maybe their gods are little statues made of gold or silver. Or maybe their gods are sports figures, political figures, movie stars, religious leaders or even family members. Yes everyone has there gods.
But what a difference there is between all the false gods and the one true living God, Jesus Christ. The false gods are not all powerful, all knowing, all present and holy like Jesus Christ is. Jesus can answer your prayers and be there for you in the time of need. What can false gods do for you?
In fact the next 7 verses of Psalms 116 tell us what the one true living God can do for you.
Psalms 115:9-15 says, “O Israel, trust
thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron,
trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. Ye that fear the
LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. The LORD
hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of
Basically the picture given here is that the things which God can do for you are limitless. He can help you in anyway that you need help. Jesus can protect you, love you, comfort you, guide you, give you companionship and be your friend. Jesus can cause your fears to cease and those who lean not unto their own understanding but in all their ways acknowledge the Lord will find they will never have shattered dreams but their dreams will always come true because such a person will be a person with a heart given to the gospel of Jesus Christ. If your life’s dream is a dream of the gospel then that is a dream in life that will not disappoint no matter how much you fail and no matter how much this world crushes you down.
Psalms 115:16-18 says, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.”
These verses teach us some very practical things about life. Heaven is God’s. Earth is man’s. God has given the earth unto man. It is a great responsibility. The earth is man’s to take care of and develop. God has given man great freedom and great power in regards to this. But notice the next two verses which say The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.
The purpose and the result of man ruling over the earth should be that men praise the Lord. To praise the Lord simply means to say things that are good. Instead of using the name of God as a curse word talk about the great things that God has done, such as sending His Son Jesus to die for your sins.
If you consider what goes on in this earth then you will realize that
man is failing miserably. God gave the earth to man and man should be using it
to praise the lord. How little praising of the Lord goes on in this world. You
will hear very little good said about Jesus from
The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. What then is the difference between a dead person and a living person who does not praise the Lord. There is little difference. Because those who are lost, those who do not know Jesus are dead in their sins. It’s no wonder they do not praise the Lord. They are spiritually blind to all the good things and great things and graceful things that God has done.
There is nothing worse than to be dead in sin, blind to the truth, ignorant of all the marvelous works of God. Oh if only God would touch your heart and reveal to you your need of a Savior. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior then turn to Him today. Pray to Jesus right now to save you from your sins and He will.
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