|<< Psalm 115 >>|
Wesley's Notes on the Bible
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.
115:3 The sorrows - Dangerous and deadly calamities. Pains - Such agonies and horrors, as dying persons use to feel.
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.
115:7 Rest - Unto a chearful confidence in God.
8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
115:8 Are like them - As void of all sense or reason as their images.
9 O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
115:9 Their - Who trust in him.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
115:10 Aaron - You priests and Levites.
11 Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
115:11 Ye that fear - All of you who worship the true God, not only Israelites, but even Gentile proselytes.
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.
115:12 Mindful - In our former straits, and therefore we trust he will still bless us.
13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.
115:13 Both small - Of whatsoever quality, high and low, rich and poor.
14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, 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.
115:16 The Lord's - In a peculiar manner, where he dwelleth in that light and glory, to which no man can approach. Given - As the foregoing verse declares, that God was the creator of heaven and earth, so this asserts that he is also their Lord and governor to dispose of all men and things as he pleases.
17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
115:17 Silence - Into the place of silence, the grave. CHAPT. CXVI. This psalm is a solemn thanksgiving to God. Wherein the psalmist professes his love to God, for delivering him out of great straits and dangers, ver. 1 -
8. Prays for his future protection, and promises to praise him, and to walk holy before him, 9 - 19.
18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.