|Messages By Ovid Need|
Lord's supper, #1 :
We mentioned this morning that this Psalm through 118 were sung at the Jewish passover and at the feast of tabernacles. Both of these celebrated the Lord's deliverance of His people from bondage. For this cause, these are probably the song which the Lord sung with His disciples at their last supper, Mat. 26:30.
I want to draw some practical applications from these passages, one Psalm at a time.
Ps. 113, in other words, the JW change of this one word, Lord, to Jehovah, is doctrinally sound. But, this is not the problem with the JW.
The names for God given in this Psalm are Jehovah Lord and Jah Lord.
We meet this name for God the first time in Ps. 1:2. Plumer: "Here first occurs in the Psalms that great, dreadful, and incommunicable name of God, Jehovah. In Scripture no other name is nearly so often given to the Most High. It is expressive of self-existence, independence, unchangeableness, and eternity. It is never given to any but the true God. Our translators, following the Septuagint, commonly rendered this word Lord, printing it in small capitals. In all cases it might have been as well simply to transfer the word to our language. The law of Jehovah here spoken of embraces the whole word of God then written. A part is put for the whole, The law was a prominent part of the revelation of God's will in the days of the Psalmist. A good man loves the decalogue, because it is the transcript of God's moral character. He also loves all the law of the dispensation under which he lives. He cavils not at the divine institutions, though they may be ceremonial. Christ would be baptized, and thus fulfill all righteousness. His piety caused him to obey every institution of God, which was then in force."
The unregenerate man never delights in the law of the Lord after the inward man. If he did, there would have been no need of the Saviour, because regeneration would make no difference in ones character.
It is also clear that one who does not delight after the law of the Lord in the inward man, is not a child of God, for the child of God delights after the holy God of the Scriptures.
1. The work of praise is an excellent work and the heart of sinful man is repulsed at the very thought. We should not be offended at the reminder of the duties of our religion, especially praise. The Psalmist here reminds us of our duty.
2. This duty is especially pressed upon His servants. Are we His willing servants? Or is our entire religious profession just that, a profession? Are we swift to hear and obey our Master, or are we slow and heartless in the Master's work?
What do others see when they see us? A dedicated faithful servant of the Master, or a slothful servant?
3. From this time forth, and forever more, v. 2. The child of God should praise Him from the time of his redemption on.
4. Who would need a greater theme of praise than the Lord and all of His creative works? He is so high, there is none with or above Him. At times the Lord gives a measured amount of glory to man, but He is infinitely above them all.
5. The Lord made it all for His glory, He provides for all of His creation, and it all is held together by the word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, Heb. 1:3. The Lord reigns supreme over all of His creation.
6. V. 5, though the Lord uses titles which we can identify with our finite mind, He is above any identification, as high above as the heavens are above the earth. There is no created being in heaven or earth that can be compared to the Lord.
7. V. 6 contains the mystery of the ages. The high and exalted ones of men are generally unapproachable, proud and overbearing. This One, so high and exalted, humbled Himself and became a man, a man able to redeem His fallen creation. His love for His people is beyond description. All we know is what we are told in 1 John 4:10. This must be accepted by faith.
8. Vs. 7, 8. There are continual social and civil changes taking place. It is the Lord who raises up and puts down those whom He will.
9. Children are a blessing from the Lord and are a cause for rejoicing. This is even more of a call to raise them in the fear of the Lord. Sad to say, the lose of our Christian culture has resulted in seeing Children as a curse.
10. A further application of this passage is the blessing of seeing souls born into the Kingdom of God.
Martin Luther said of this Psalm: "The peculiar and express office of Christ, and the work of the kingdom of Christ, is to bring down the proud, to put to shame the wise, and to condemn hypocrites and false saints: and, on the other side, to raise up and exalt the humble, to enlighten and instruct fools, to sanctify unclean sinners, to make fruitful the barren, and to comfort the fatherless.
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