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2018 August 28
Psalm 115

High Altar (1684)
Heinrich Meyring (1628-1723)
Flemish Baroque Style
San Moise Venice, Venice, Italy
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's image shows God (at the top of the image) giving the laws of true worship to Moses, in contrast to those who were preparing (at the bottom of the image) to indulge in false worship by sacrificing to the golden calf idol. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Psalm 115, the Psalmist contrasts the LORD with idols; and he proclaims that God alone will bless, help, and defend those who fear him.
     Today's Psalm is chiastic (elements in the first part repeat in reverse order in the second part). See the links in "Thematically and Chronologically Related Scriptures" for further information.
     Opening Call to Praise. The Psalmist asks that the LORD, not his people, will get glory because of his mercy and his truth (1).
          The Pagan's Taunt. He asks why the heathen should say, Where is their God? But God is in the heavens; and he did whatever he pleased (2-3).
               Pagans Trust in Powerless Idols. By contrast, the idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths but cannot speak. They have eyes but cannot see. They have ears but cannot hear. They have noses but cannot smell. They have hands but cannot handle anything. They have feet but cannot walk. They cannot speak through their throat. They who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them (4-8).
               Israel Trusts in the LORD, their Help and Shield. The Psalmist then tells Israel to trust in the LORD because he is their help and shield. He says the same to the house of Aaron (the priests and Levites). And he says the same to all who fear the LORD (9-11).
          The Response to the Pagan's Taunt. The Psalmist assures his hearers that the LORD has been mindful of us, that he will bless us, that he will bless Israel, that he will bless the house of Aaron, and that he will bless all who fear him. The LORD will increase us and our children. We are blessed by the LORD who made heaven and earth. In fact, even though the heavens are his, he has given the whole earth to us (12-16).
     Closing Call to Praise. The dead and those who go down to silence do not praise the LORD; but we will bless the LORD (implying that we will not die); and we will do so from this time forth and for evermore (17-18).
                    NOTE. The structure presented above is based on The Literary Structure of the Old Testament, David A. Dorsey, 1999, p. 182.

     [ Sermons: J Ligon Duncan III. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 115: CHIASTIC PSALMS. Psalm 1. Psalm 2. Psalm 3. Psalm 6. Psalm 7. Psalm 8. Psalm 11. Psalm 15. Psalm 18. Psalm 22. Psalm 25. Psalm 26. Psalm 27. Psalm 30. Psalm 44. Psalm 51. Psalm 54. Psalm 56. Psalm 57. Psalm 58. Psalm 67. Psalm 70. Psalm 71. Psalm 72. Psalm 79. Psalm 86. Psalm 100. Psalm 106. Psalm 115. Psalm 126. Psalm 130. Psalm 135. Psalm 137. Psalm 139. Psalm 148. Psalm 150. 2 Samuel 12. Hallel Psalms: The Egyptian Hallel -- Psalms 113-118: Psalm 113. Psalm 114. Psalm 115. Psalm 116. Psalm 117. Psalm 118. The Great Hallel [Group of Psalms] -- Psalms 118-136: Psalm 118. Psalm 119. Psalm 120. Psalm 121. Psalm 122. Psalm 123. Psalm 124. Psalm 125. Psalm 126. Psalm 127. Psalm 128. Psalm 129. Psalm 130. Psalm 131. Psalm 132. Psalm 133. Psalm 134. Psalm 135. Psalm 136. The Great Hallel [Single Psalm] -- Psalm 136. An Individual Hallel -- Psalm 145. The Concluding Hallel -- Psalms 146-150: Psalm 146. Psalm 147. Psalm 148. Psalm 149. Psalm 150. ]
[4] Isaiah 44:9-20; Psalm 135:15-18.
[9] Psalm 33:20; Psalm 115:12-13.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Psalm 115 - #1. Psalm 115 - #2. Psalm 115 - #3. Psalm 115 - #4. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 107-150.
1016 - 404 B.C. Israel
God Praised & Thanked for His Goodness

Psalm 115
Idols are worthless; only the LORD delivers.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 Not unto us, O LORD,
not unto us,
but unto thy name give glory,
for thy mercy,
and for thy truth's sake.

2 Wherefore should the heathen say,
Where is now their God?
3 But our God is in the heavens:
he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of men's hands.
5 They have mouths,
but they speak not:
eyes have they,
but they see not:
6 They have ears,
but they hear not:
noses have they,
but they smell not:
7 They have hands,
but they handle not:
feet have they,
but they walk not:
neither speak they through their throat.
8 They that make them
are like unto them;
so is every one that trusteth in them.

9 O Israel,
trust thou in the LORD:
he is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron,
trust in the LORD:
he is their help and their shield.
11 Ye that fear the LORD,
trust in the LORD:
he is their help and their shield.

12 The LORD hath been mindful of us:
he will bless us;
he will bless the house of Israel;
he will bless the house of Aaron.
13 He will bless them that fear the LORD,
both small and great.
14 The LORD shall increase you more and more [shall add upon you],
you and your children.
15 Ye are blessed of the LORD
which made heaven and earth.
16 The heaven,
even the heavens,
are the LORD'S:
but the earth
hath he given to the children of men.

17 The dead praise not the LORD,
neither any that go down into silence.
18 But we bless the LORD
from this time forth
and for evermore [unto perpetuity].
Praise the LORD.

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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