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Psalm 114-116

Supplemental notes for the Daily Bible Study Bible Reading Plan

by Wayne Blank

Psalm Chapter 114

The "when Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion" in this Psalm is a key element of understanding Bible History (and of Prophecy, considering that it was written before The Division Of Israel). Israel divided into two kingdoms, with two separate destinies, until the time of Christ's return when they will be re-united (see The Gathering of Israel and Judah) i.e. "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until He comes to whom it belongs; and to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples" (Genesis 49:10 RSV) for Judah and the material "dominion" to "Israel" i.e. "The blessings of your father are mighty beyond the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties of the everlasting hills; may they be on the head of Joseph" (Genesis 49:26 RSV).

Flowing Waters

"When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah [see The Southern Kingdom] became his sanctuary, Israel [see The Northern Kingdom] his dominion.

The sea looked and fled [i.e. "The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided" Exodus 14:21 RSV], Jordan turned back [i.e. "when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water ... the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap far off" Joshua 3:15-16 RSV]. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.

What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of The Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock into a pool of water [see Living Waters], the flint into a spring of water." (Psalm 114:1-8 RSV)

Psalm Chapter 115

"They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them" is not merely speaking of the idols created by people who worship false gods; The True God is not to be worshipped with idols either. See Thou shalt not make any graven image.

The Ten Commandments

"Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Thy Name give glory, for the sake of Thy steadfast love and Thy faithfulness!

Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them.

O Israel, Trust in The Lord! He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, put your trust in The Lord! He is their help and their shield. You who fear The Lord, trust in The Lord! He is their help and their shield.

The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel [see Physical and Spiritual Israel]; He will bless the house of Aaron; He will bless those who fear The Lord, both small and great.

May The Lord give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by The Lord, who made heaven and earth! [see Christ The Creator]

The heavens are The Lord's heavens, but the earth he has given to the sons of men. The dead do not praise The Lord [see What Happens When You Die?], nor do any that go down into silence. But we will bless The Lord from this time forth and for evermore [see When Will You Be Judged?].

Praise The Lord!" (Psalm 115:1-18 RSV)

Psalm Chapter 116

When Christ returns (see also Could Christ Return Tonight?), the first of the Resurrections to salvation will occur.

The Return Of Jesus Christ

"I love The Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He inclined His ear to me [see Glass Houses], therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol [see Sheol and Hades] laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on The Name of The Lord: "O Lord, I beseech Thee, save my life!" Gracious is The Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, He saved me.

Return, O my soul [see Where Is Your Soul?], to your rest; for The Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For Thou hast delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I walk before The Lord in the land of the living. I kept my faith, even when I said, "I am greatly afflicted"; I said in my consternation, "Men are all a vain hope."

What shall I render to The Lord for all His bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on The Name of The Lord, I will pay my vows to The Lord in the presence of all His people.

Precious in the sight of The Lord is the death of his saints [see Through The Gates Of Hell]. O Lord, I am Thy servant; I am Thy servant, the son of Thy handmaid. Thou hast loosed my bonds.

I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on The Name of The Lord. I will pay my vows to The Lord in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the house of The Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem [see Zionism].

Praise The Lord!" (Psalm 116:1-19)

Fact Finder: Who was "The Lord" that led the Israelites out of Egypt? Who was "The Lord" that commanded The Ten Commandments?
1 Corinthians 10:1-4; see also The God Of The Old Testament


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