Psalms 116:16 says, “O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.”
The word that here is translated servant can mean bondman or slave. What is a servant? A servant is a person who does what someone else tells them to do. In other words they do not do their own will but another’s will. But it is more than just that. It is also the idea that they are obligated to do what they are told to do. A slave does not have the freedom or the power to refuse to do their master’s will.
The reason as a servant of Christ I am obligated to do what I am told is because I am bought with a price, the blood of Jesus Christ. Or another way of saying it is as it is said in Psalms 116:16, thou hast loosed my bonds.
Jesus has set me free from the chains of sin. Because He has set me free I am His servant. If you are a slave and you’re standing in chains on the slave market up for sale and some one comes and buys you then you become that person’s slave and that’s what happens when Jesus comes and buys you with His blood.
I Corinthians says, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
Everyone is a slave and a servant to something. You can be a slave to sin or you can be slave to righteousness. In righteousness there is freedom. In sin there is no freedom.
Psalms 116:17-19, “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the LORD'S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.”
These verses tell us what a servant of Jesus should do. It is very simple. A servant of Jesus should be thankful. You can serve God and accomplish great things for God simply by being thankful. Not many people in this world are thankful to God for the things that He does and the things that He gives them, not many. What a great and a shinning testimony it is to be thankful to the Lord.
There is always something to be thankful to the Lord for. Even if you lose everything in life: your job, your family, your health, your reputation, your freedom; you can always be thankful for your salvation, for the forgiveness of sins that is found in Jesus Christ.
No matter what happens to you in life, no matter what you suffer and no matter what you lose, if you are God’s child then you are God’s servant and you will always have the opportunity to serve God and accomplish something for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Oh how much there is too be thankful to Jesus for.
This is the true message on the power of positive thinking. The most positive thinking you can have is to go through life and to above all things be thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you can do this then you will always have a positive attitude in life no matter what. And you will always be successful in life so long as you maintain your faith in God. If you hold fast your faith then you are not a failure but you are victorious.
Psalms 117:1-2 says, “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.”
Psalm 117 is the shortest Psalms in the book of Psalms. It is only two verses. And it continues on the same topic as the last verses of Psalms 116: being thankful. You see being thankful and praising the Lord go together. If you are thankful to God then it will result in you praising Him. We should praise God because God is good and all that God does is good. To praise simply means to say good things about someone.
Human beings get things so messed up. Often times human beings say good things about bad people and bad things about God. Men tend to praise other men so much. They praise those that are famous. They praise those that are powerful. They praise those that are rich. But they don’t praise Jesus. Who is more famous than Jesus Christ? Who is more powerful than Jesus Christ? Who is wealthier than Jesus Christ? Yet the world doesn’t praise Him.
There are many reasons to praise God. But Psalms 117 gives 2 specific reasons to praise God: for His merciful kindness and because His truth endureth forever.
It is very interesting to see the words mercy and kindness put together in this fashion. It really puts a great emphasis not just on how merciful God is but in regards to how God treats us very tenderly in the way that He deals with us as we walk through this life. After all God is Holy and all powerful. And we go through life pridefully; committing sin after sin after sin because that is what men do is sin. And God goes along patiently trying to guide us and teach us and bring us to Jesus and to repentance of our sins. How patient God is, how mercifully tender He is in dealing with us. This is a reason to praise God.
The other reason given in Psalms 117 to praise God is because His truth endureth forever. It is a great thing that the truth endureth forever. This means the truth will outlast the lies. This is the reason why in the end the truth always comes out, truth always wins out in the end because truth endures forever. Lies do not endure forever, truth does.
How often men lie about things including history. Yes, you will find many, many lies in the history books of the world. But the lies will not endure forever the truth will conquer them.
Psalms 118:1 says, “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.”
Psalms 118 is an interesting Psalms. It contains several verses which are quoted in the New Testament. It also has a particular theme which is emphasized in the words: his mercy endureth for ever.
The word mercy that is used here is a very interesting word. It is the word that is sometimes translated lovingkindness. You see there is a great tenderness to the heart of God and to what motivates God. In the previous verses of Psalms we were told that God’s truth endures forever. Here we are told God’s mercy endures forever.
The statement, his mercy endureth for ever, in a way seems like a very vague statement. But If we understand the New Testament then we can understand the Old Testament. The best and greatest example of God’s mercy is Jesus Christ having taking our place when He hung on the cross and became sin for us. It was then at that moment in time that the judgment and wrath of God for sins, for our sins, was poured out and satisfied. You see mercy is means not getting what we deserve. We deserved the judgment of God and instead Jesus bore it upon his shoulders in the form of a cross.
So to say his mercy endureth for ever is actually a way of teaching the eternal security of the believer. Once saved always saved. Once you enter into the grace of God by trusting in the name of Jesus Christ by believing and accepting what it is Jesus has done for you then you enter into God’s mercy. And the Bible says his mercy endureth for ever.
What a great and a comforting statement. This means as a child of God there will never be a time when you are without the mercy of God. God’s mercy on you will not run out. His mercy flows as freely as Jesus’ blood.
Psalms 118:2-4, “Let
Why is it necessary to repeat and reemphasize this truth: His mercy endureth forever? The answer is simple. How easily we as human beings can doubt God. All it takes is one failure and we may start to think that God won’t forgive us. All it takes is a little time out of God’s Word and we may start to forget how merciful God is.
Christians who do not understand eternal security do not understand the mercy of God. There are many many Christians who are taught false teachings, the teaching that you can lose your salvation. No matter how you explain it the teaching that a person can lose their salvation is teaching salvation by works and not by grace. All you have to do is reach Psalms 118 to understand eternal security: His mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 118:5-9 says, “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
These verses basically say trust in God not man. Men way to often make the mistake of uplifting and trusting in other men. One of the greatest examples of this in the country that we live in has to do with the president. People way too often lay their hopes and dreams and expectations about the future on who the president is.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. We can see how our society is being set up for the worship of the antichrist when we look at the liberal news media and how they treat their candidates for president. They practically worship the person. If you trust in God then you won’t fear. The worship of man always brings fear.
Psalms 118:10-16 says, “All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.”
If the Lord be for us who can be against us. These verses basically teach us that we can stand alone against all the world if we have Jesus on our side. All nations can come against us and they very well may but if God be fore us who can be against us?
Psalms 118:17-21 says, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.”
There are two kinds of death, physical death and spiritual death. Physical death only lasts for a moment then it is over. Spiritual death lasts for all eternity. When these verses say I shall not die the teaching here is not that a person is not going to die physically but that they are not going to die spiritually.
Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
I shall not die, but live…for Thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The most important thing in the world is to acquire eternal life. It seems very strange that people go through life knowing there going to die one day whether it be from old age or something else and yet they give no regard to their eternal destiny. How foolish men are.
Why would anyone choose to burn forever in the lake of fire? But that is what they choose when they reject Jesus. Oh how often they say the way of the Lord is not equal. How often they accuse God of being unjust for getting angry at sin and for punishing sin. They do this because they think in so doing that their accusations will somehow justify them. The only way to be justified, the only way to have eternal life is to repent of your sins to Jesus Christ.
Psalms 118:22-23 says, “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.”
These verses are a reference to Jesus Christ. They are quoted in the
New Testament. Jesus quoted them when he said in Matthew 21:43-45, “Therefore say I unto you, The
A corner stone is the first stone placed in a building. The corner stone determines the position of all other stones. In other words the corner stone is the first and most important part of a building. This is why Jesus is called the corner stone. Jesus first and most important.
God had a plan for
Ephesians 2:18-22 says, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
If you understand that Jesus is the cornerstone then you understand how true Christianity is supposed to work. There is no Christianity without Jesus. Jesus deserves all the credit and all glory. Jesus is the one who runs and rules the church not the pope not some famous preacher with the biggest church but Jesus. The mistake that many involved in organized Christianity make is they forget that Jesus is the corner stone or they do not really believe it. They are followers of Men. They want you to follow their organization and their school they want you to be loyal too them. But Jesus is the chief corner stone not any man, not any Christian school, not any particular church building, Jesus.
This is the very reason there are so many denominations in Christianity because people are followers of men and not of Jesus. Really a denomination is a division. Over the centuries Christianity has become divided up into many denominations. All of them have their problems none of them have perfect doctrine. They all have their traditions of men that they follow. What a great failure of organized Christianity over the centuries. If only Christians would learn and understand and remember that Jesus is the cornerstone.
Jesus should be the cornerstone of your life. He wants to take and to build you up into a spiritual building of righteousness and great works in the Lord. If you have never trusted in Jesus then you can do so today. Today is the day of salvation. Turn from your sins to Jesus today and find forgiveness and eternal life.
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