114 When Israel came out of Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2 Judah became His sanctuary, And Israel His dominion.
3 The [Red] Sea [a]looked and fled; The Jordan turned back. 4 The mountains leaped like rams, The [little] hills, like lambs. 5 What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? 6 O mountains, that you leap like rams, O [little] hills, like lambs?
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the God of Jacob (Israel), 8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of water.
Pagan Idols Contrasted with the Lord.
115 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth and faithfulness. 2 Why should the nations say, “Where, now, is their God?” 3 But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. 4 The idols [of the nations] are silver and gold, The work of man’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see; 6 They have ears, but they cannot hear; They have noses, but they cannot smell; 7 They have hands, but they cannot feel; They have feet, but they cannot walk; Nor can they make a sound with their throats. 8 Those who make them will become like them, Everyone who trusts in them.
9 O Israel, trust and take refuge in the Lord! [Be confident in Him, cling to Him, rely on His word!] He is their help and their shield. 10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 11 You who [reverently] fear the Lord, trust in Lord; He is their help and their shield. 12 The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless, He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. 13 He will bless those who fear and worship the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder], Both the small and the great. 14 May the Lord give you [great] increase, You and your children. 15 May you be blessed of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
16 The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, But the earth He has given to the children of men. 17 The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor do any who go down into silence; 18 But as for us, we will bless and affectionately and gratefully praise the Lord From this time forth and forever. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Thanksgiving for Rescue from Death.
116 I love the Lord, because He hears [and continues to hear] My voice and my supplications (my pleas, my cries, my specific needs). 2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call on Him as long as I live. 3 The cords and sorrows of death encompassed me, And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, please save my life!”
5 Gracious is the Lord, and [consistently] righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate. 6 [b]The Lord protects the simple (childlike); I was brought low [humbled and discouraged], and He saved me. 7 Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For You have rescued my life from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from stumbling and falling. 9 I will walk [in submissive wonder] before the Lord In the land of the living. 10 I believed [and clung to my God] when I said, “I am greatly afflicted.” 11 I said in my alarm, “All men are liars.”
12 What will I give to the Lord [in return] For all His benefits toward me? [How can I repay Him for His precious blessings?] 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation And call on the name of the Lord. 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord, Yes, in the presence of all His people. 15 [c]Precious [and of great consequence] in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His godly ones [so He watches over them]. 16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid; You have unfastened my chains. 17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord, Yes, in the presence of all His people, 19 In the courts of the Lord’s house (temple)— In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Psalm 114:3Some of the ancient rabbis said that the sea saw God’s right hand placed on Moses. Others said that it saw God’s name (YHWH) engraved on Moses’ staff.
Psalm 116:6In Jewish tradition this became a common saying to explain how some people could do ill-advised things and not suffer for them.
Psalm 116:15The ancient rabbis interpreted this verse to mean that it is hard for God to declare death upon the righteous.
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