Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Verse 15. Not as … Patrick Pounden's Sermon in "The Irish Pulpit," 1831. He judgeth not according to the appearance; he sees all things as they really are, not partially: he traces the duration of his people, not upon the map of time, but upon the infinite scale of eternity; he weighs their happiness, not in the little balance of earthly enjoyment, but in the even and equipoised balance of the sanctuary. Verse 15. Death now, as he hath done also to mine, has paid full many a visit to your house; and in very deed, he has made fell havoc among our comforts. The Septuagint and some other ancient versions make these verses a distinct psalm separate from the former and some have called it the Martyr's psalm, I suppose for the sake of Psalm 116:15. This is in his estimate -- whatever it may be in ours -- too precious, too important, to be overlooked; and hence it is often with emphasis, though always with a practical bearing, recorded in Scripture. 30) commend the singing of these and other words of the Psalms at the funerals of those who have departed in the faith (cf. I will offer to thee - As it is most probable that this Psalm celebrates the deliverance from Babylon, it is no wonder that we find the psalmist so intent on performing the rites of his religion in the temple at Jerusalem, which had been burnt with fire, and was now reviving out of its ruins, the temple service having been wholly interrupted for nearly four-score years. ... John Trapp Complete Commentary. Why need they beforehand be afraid of death, who have the Lord to take such care about it as he doth? Psalm 116 is a thanksgiving psalm.1 These hymns were sung by those whose earlier lament, or prayer for help in time of trouble, had been answered. Present my kindest regards to Miss S -- Tell her to wipe that tear away -- Rosanna needs it not. Because their persons are precious to him. What an argument for the truth of religion, -- what an illustration of its sustaining power, -- what a source of comfort to those who are about to die, -- to reflect that religion does not leave the believer when he most needs its support and consolation; that it can sustain us in the severest trial of our condition here; that it can illuminate what seems to us of all places most dark, cheerless, dismal, repulsive -- "the valley of the shadow of death." What does not the world owe, and the cause of religion owe, to such scenes as occurred on the deathbeds of Baxter, and Thomas Scott, and Halyburton, and Payson! Verse 15. "Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon [him] as long as I live." Because their experience in death is precious to him. of Sin and sorrow for ever cease; there is no more death, the death of Christ is their redemption; by death he overcame him that had the power of death; therefore, they in him are enabled to say, "O death, where is thy sting? No, on the contrary, he takes all its circumstances under his immediate and especial disposal. Sermons Experimental: on Psalms 116 and 117. Take your book of life, sprinkled with the blood of the covenant, and in your family record, put the death of Rosanna down among the precious things in your sight also -- I should rather have said likewise. The Holy Ghost, Psalms 116:15, states the first; our translators, honest men, have very fairly and truly inferred the second. Reposing upon him who is mighty to save, he sees hope even against hope, anchoring the soul secure and steadfast on him who is passed within the veil; he sees patience acquiescing in a Father's will -- humility bending beneath his sovereign hand -- love issuing from a grateful heart. Psalm 116:7) for the third time. The close of a Christian's career on earth, his defiance, in the strength of his Saviour, of his direst enemy, the good confession which he acknowledges when he is enabled to witness before those around his dying bed, all these are precious and important in the sight of the Lord, and ought to be so in our view, and redound, not only to his own advantage, but to the benefit of survivors, "to the praise of the glory of his grace." Then I called on the name of Yahweh: “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul.” “I love Yahweh, because … Not the death of the wicked, nor even the death of the righteous is in itself precious; but. The son of thy handmaid — The son of a mother who was devoted, and did devote me to thy service. In the reign of the Emperor Decius, Babylas Bishop of Antioch, full of blessed hope, met death singing these words.). When a poor sinner is awakened to a sense of his state, and fears that he must soon sink under the just wrath of God, then he finds trouble and sorrow. O grave, where is thy victory?" I cannot help at times clenching my fist in his face, and roaring out in my agony and anguish, "Thou shalt be swallowed up in victory!" "His saints" suggests associations of endearment, of complacency. It is proper to advert, in the first place, to the apparent primary import of the phrase, namely, Almighty God watches over, and sets a high value upon the holy and useful lives of his people, and will not lightly allow these lives to be abbreviated or destroyed. These are under his special arrangement. In the intervention of second causes, he takes care always to overrule and control them for good. We are obliged to them. Psalms 116:15. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Precious. 1868. After this the poet goes on beseechingly: ānnáh Adonaj. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Separate from God there could be no sanctity. Augusti, Denkwrdigkeiten, ix. VERY USEFUL for A Wounded Spirit. ", "precious before the Lord is death sent to (or inflicted on) his saints;''. And so it is with all his saints, who are faithful unto death. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death for his saints," in the first place; in the second place, and resting on the propitiatory death, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." The deathbeds of saints are very precious to the church, she often learns much from them; they are very precious to all believers, who delight to treasure up the last words of the departed; but they are most of all precious to the Lord Jehovah himself, who views the triumphant deaths of his gracious ones with sacred delight. Its transactions are sometimes as fraught with permanent utility as with present good. (1-9) His desire to be thankful. How different, then, is the estimate of human life which God forms from that which has ruled the minds of great warriors and mighty conquerors. What an argument for the truth of religion - what an illustration of its sustaining power - what a source of comfort to us who are soon to die - to reflect that religion does not leave the believer when he most needs its support and consolations; that it can sustain us in the severest trial of our condition here; that it can illuminate what seems to us of all places most dark, cheerless, dismal, repulsive - "the valley of the shadow of death! This title is attributed to men in a double respect; Verse 15. They are saints not only through him, but to him; holy unto the Lord, sanctified or set apart to his service, self surrendered to the adorable Redeemer. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Fourthly, we are warranted by the text and the tenor of Scripture, in affirming that the Lord attaches great importance to the deathbed itself. I hope they are all well at L--, and that your young men take the way of the Lord in good part. 563). Like other psalms of this type (see Psalm 30; 32; 34), Psalm 116 begins by saying that God has rescued the psalmist from trouble (verses 1-2). If any son of violence procure it, he will make him pay very dearly for it. But most Bible students think that Psalm 116 is just one psalm, all by the same *psalmist. ROBERT J KNIGHT on Psalms 116:15. The poet rejoices in and is proud of the fact that he may call himself the servant of God. What does not the world owe, and the cause of religion owe, to such scenes as occurred on the death-beds of Baxter, and Thomas Scott, and Halyburton, and Payson! The prayer itself is not contained in פּתּחתּ למוסרי - for he is already rescued, and the perfect as a precative is limited to such utterances spoken in the tone of an exclamation as we find in Job 21:16 - but remains unexpressed; it lies wrapped up as it were in this heartfelt ānnáh: Oh remain still so gracious to me as Thou hast already proved Thyself to me. His faith (Psalm 116:10): I believed, therefore have I spoken. It is the fourth of the 6 Egyptian Hallels. "His saints" denotes, in the second place, devotedness. God's merciful kindness is great towards them; and their mercy and kindness are great towards their brethren. Let this reference to the mighty working of God by his Spirit in you, your connection, your spiritual connection, with him, and your experience of his saving power, -- let this reference convert the mystery into the mercy of sanctification in your hearts. It seems to suggest that death, in spite of how it feels, is not really such a bad thing. Precious Deaths The text informs us that the deaths of God's saints are precious to him. whether they live, they live unto the Lord, or whether they die, they die unto the Lord, Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. Library. Psalms 116 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Psalms 116, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. In the second place, the words lead us to advert to the control which he exercises over the circumstances of their death. The Lord watches over their dying beds, smooths their pillows, sustains their hearts, and receives their souls. splendid and glorious in the sight of the Lord. With אנּה the poet clings to Jahve, with נגדּה־נּא to the congregation, and with בּתוככי to the holy city. Laments frequently conclude with promises to return to the temple in order to tell the worshiping community what God had done and encourage them to join the psalmist in … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19" Three things David here makes confession of:--I. Precious in the sight of Jehovah Is the death of his saints. Condensed from a Scranton by W. M. Bunting, 1836. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. It is of value or importance in such respects as the following: --. Verse 15. Because it puts an end to their sorrows, and translates them to their rest. Psalm 116 is a prayer of thanksgiving. KJ21. (1) as it is the removal of another of the redeemed to glory - the addition of one more to the happy hosts above; (2) as it is a new triumph of the work of redemption - showing the power and the value of that work; (3) as it often furnishes a more direct proof of the reality of religion than any abstract argument could do. ‛abdat, a slave. Since such emphasis is laid on the Temple and the congregation, what is meant is literal thank-offerings in payment of vows. William Gouge. Psalms 116:1-19. Psalms 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Adam Clarke Commentary. Samuel Totshell, in "The House of Mourning," 1660. It is he that made them such. His saints imports appropriation. 1036. New International Version (NIV) See Spurgeon's Sermons "Precious Deaths," No. It is possible, certainly, to make too much of it, by substituting, as a criterion of character, that which may be professed under the excitement of dying sufferings, for the testimony of a uniform, conspicuous career of holy living. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. that is, by men. Psalm 116:15 . 5 months ago. Then the psalm describes the distressing circumstance now past (verse 3), recalls a prayer for help (verse 4) along with the Lord’s … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19" The one thought that fills his whole soul, and in which the song which breathes forth his soul dies away, is Hallelujah. No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Psalms 116:15. Related Commentaries for Psalm 116. I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice: The And when the saints suffer it for God’s sake, as they frequently do, it is a most acceptable sacrifice to him, and highly esteemed by him. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. The death of the saints is precious in the Lord's sight. Whereupon the Hebrews have given such a name to a stork, which kind among fowls is the most merciful; and that not only the old to their young ones, as most are, but also the young ones to the old, which they use to feed and carry when through age they are not able to help themselves. Psalms 116:17. In fact, chance has no existence. Nor is this all -- the death of saints is precious, for that is their day of seeing Jesus face to face. The words will bear to be rendered, "precious in the sight of the Lord is that death", or "death itself, for his saints"; that very remarkable and observable death, even the death of his Son, which was not only for the good of his saints, for their redemption, salvation, justification, pardon, and eternal life; but in their room and stead; and which was very acceptable unto God, of high esteem with him, of a sweet smelling savour to him: not that he took pleasure in it, simply considered; for he that hath no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, even of a sinner, could have none in the death of his Son; but as hereby his justice was satisfied, his law fulfilled, the salvation of his people procured, and his covenant, counsels, purposes, and decrees, accomplished. It sounds beautiful and poetic. The declaration. In the next place, I think the death of the saints is precious in the Lord's sight, because they are taken from the evil to come; they are delivered from the burden of the flesh; ransomed by the blood of the Redeemer, they are his purchased possession, and now he receives them to himself. Some old Bibles make Psalm 116 into 2 psalms: verses 1-9 is the first, verses 10-18 the second. Their death is precious (jakar); the word of the text is, in pretio fuit, magni estimatum est. But is any death really “precious” in God’s sight? When no other eye saw, when no other heart felt, for these two never to be forgotten martyrs, murdered men of God, and apostles of Jesus, then were they precious in God's sight, and he was present with them. Psalm 116:15. Such characters are emphatically God like, holy and pure; children of their Father which is in heaven; certifying to all around their filial relationship to him, by their manifest participation of his nature, by their reflection of his image and likeness. Put all these expressions together, and then we have the strength of David's word, "The death of the saints is precious"; that is, Verse 15. Psalm 116:15 New International Version (NIV) 15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. has a double in it; one at the beginning, and the other at the end of the word; which is very emphatic, and so may point at something very remarkable; and what more so than the death of Christ? Proud member W. M. Bunting, in a Sermon at the City Road Chapel, 1836. Albert Barnes. The root whence that word issueth signifieth mercy (dmx consecravit, benefecit). "His saints" may import resemblance -- close resemblance. All rights reserved. The persons among whom implicitly he reckons himself, styled saints, are in the original set out by a word (~ydymx) that imports an especial respect of God towards them. Hebrews 13:6 . And as his right, his original right, in all men, is connected with the facts of their having been created and endowed by his hand, and thence subjected to his moral government, so, and much more, do all holy beings, all holy men, who owe to his grace their very existence as such, who must cease to be saints, if they could cease to be his saints, whom he has created anew in Christ Jesus by the communication of his own love, his own purity, his own nature, whom he continually upholds in this exalted state, so, and much more, do such persons belong to God. The dative of the object, למוסרי (from מוסרים for the more usual מוסרות), is used with פתחת instead of the accusative after the Aramaic manner, but it does also occur in the older Hebrew (e.g., Job 19:3; Isaiah 53:11). "PRECIOUS IN THE EYES OF THE LORD, IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS" I. Psalm 116:15 The Message Bible << Psalm 115 | Psalm 116 | Psalm 117 >> 15 When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love him. But he has an especial property in -- and therefore claim upon -- all saints. They are, therefore, by a kind of excellency and property styled "men of mercy.". They shall not die prematurely; they shall be immortal till their work is done; and when their time shall come to die, then their deaths shall be precious. Ah! "The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in all them that hope in his mercy"; "a people near unto him"; "the Lord's portion is his people"; and "Happy is that people that is in such a case, yea, happy is that people whose God is the Lord." How much has the cause of religion been promoted by the patient deaths of Ignatius, Polycarp, and Latimer, and Ridley, and Huss, and Jerome of Prague, and the hosts of martyrs! O Lord, truly I am thy servant — This is a thankful acknowledgment of his great obligations to God, whereby he was in duty bound to be his perpetual servant. Precious, &c., is the death of his saints — He sets a high price upon it: he will not easily grant it to the will of their enemies. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. It is a passage quoted at nearly every funeral, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15). John Jameson, in "Letters; True Fame," etc., 1838. Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones. Passively, in regard of God's mind and affection to them; Actively, in regard of their mind and affection to others. Martyrs were, without question, well instructed herein, and much supported hereby. First, because he "seeth not as man seeth." Bible Commentary for Psalms 116:15. Elsewhere Jehovah asserts, "All souls are mine." 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