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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 115

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: God is Alive (v 1-18)

Psalms 115 Commentary 

(115:1) A Passover Song - Psalms 115 through 118 were traditionally sung at the Passover meal, commemorating Israel's escape from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 11-12). 

(115:1) God is Glorified  - The writer asked that God's name, not the peoples, be glorified. Too often we ask God to glorify his name with ours. For example, we may pray for help to do a good job so that our work will be noticed. Or we may ask that a presentation go well so we will be appreciated. There is nothing wrong with wanting others to be pleased and impacted by our work, the problem comes when we want to look good without regard to how we want God to look in the process. Before you pray, ask yourself, Who will get the credit if God answers my prayer? 

(115:4-8) Our Idols - When the psalms were written, many people worshiped gods represented by statues made of wood, stone, or metal. They took pride in idols they could see and ignored or disregarded what they couldn't see. Today idols take many different forms, such as homes, clothing, possessions, celebrities, causes, financial assets, or ideologies. For many, tangible objects are still valued more than intangible realities (such as spiritual growth, salvation, giving to those in need, or spending time with loved ones. Those who spend their time accumulating the things of this world are as foolish and empty as the idols themselves. (For more on the foolishness of idols, see Isaiah 44:0-20.) 

(115:12) The Lord Knows - "The LORD hath been mindful of us," says the psalm writer. What a fantastic truth! There are many times when we feel isolated, alone, and abandoned, even by God. In reality, he sees, understands, and thinks about us. When weighed down by problems or struggling with self-worth, be encouraged that God keeps you in his thoughts. If he thinks about you, surely his help is near.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Personal Relationship

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 115. In our text today, we see the theme that since God is Alive, He is thinking about and caring for us. In applying, we see that we should put Him first in our lives. We can talk to the Lord, and He listens and responds through the pages of the Bible. We can truly have a personal relationship with the Lord. How about you? Do you talk to the Lord and hear His Voice through the pages of the Bible? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that we can have a personal relationship with the Living God who loves us, hears us, and interacts with us through the pages of the Bible.  


Psalm 115

Psalm 115

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

 2Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

 3But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

 4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

 5They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

 6They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

 7They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

 8They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

 9O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

 10O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

 11Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

 12The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

 13He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

 14The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

 15Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

 16The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

 17The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

 18But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.