Commentary for Psalms 115

Glory to be ascribed to God. (1-8) by trusting in him and praising him. (9-18)

1-8 Let no opinion of our own merits have any place in our prayers or in our praises. All the good we do, is done by the power of his grace; and all the good we have, is the gift of his mere mercy, and he must have all the praise. Are we in pursuit of any mercy, and wrestling with God for it, we must take encouragement in prayer from God only. Lord, do so for us; not that we may have the credit and comfort of it, but that they mercy and truth may have the glory of it. The heathen gods are senseless things. They are the works of men's hands: the painter, the carver, the statuary, can put no life into them, therefore no sense. The psalmist hence shows the folly of the worshippers of idols.

9-18 It is folly to trust in dead images, but it is wisdom to trust in the living God, for he is a help and a shield to those that trust in him. Wherever there is right fear of God, there may be cheerful faith in him; those who reverence his word, may rely upon it. He is ever found faithful. The greatest need his blessing, and it shall not be denied to the meanest that fear him. God's blessing gives an increase, especially in spiritual blessings. And the Lord is to be praised: his goodness is large, for he has given the earth to the children of men for their use. The souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burdens of the flesh, are still praising him; but the dead body cannot praise God: death puts an end to our glorifying him in this world of trial and conflict. Others are dead, and an end is thereby put to their service, therefore we will seek to do the more for God. We will not only do it ourselves, but will engage others to do it; to praise him when we are gone. Lord, thou art the only object for faith and love. Help us to praise thee while living and when dying, that thy name may be the first and last upon our lips: and let the sweet savour of thy name refresh our souls for ever.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 115

  • STEPHEN OLOGHOBO on Psalms 115
    God cares for his children,and he never let them down ....
  • Ann E Anglin on Psalms 115
    For Ps115:: we have an Awsome God/Father He love n care so much for us that He called Us His Children or better yet His Friend He just want Us to talk to Him asa friend. He's the best friend l ever have/had He knows our needs even before we ask He answers...some time it's just not the right moment but He hearsHe feelsHe sees He smells nHe talks to us in a still soft voice but don't get Him angry He roars like alion n the earth trembles n shake

    He made us in His own image n He would like a relationship with Us so We need to Praise n give Him thanks to be such a kind Father/Our Heavenly Daddy

    Be Blessed
  • Marilyn T on Psalms 115
    I will also praise the Lord everyday!My Prayers always for others and not just for me and my Family.

    Throughout the day I am petitioning Gods and believing. My prayers are answered and I praise

    God. Yes, the Lord is increasing me more and more because I walk by Faith and not by Sight.

    I treasure the "relationship " that I have with God. You can have that same relationship when you

    yield to God, walk with him, praises and thankfulness sends all blessings down. Praise God! Amen.
  • Marilyn T on Psalms 115
    This Psalms blessed my heart! Second time reading it. I usually ask God to direct me
    to a Scripture and he does.The verse that speaks to me " He will bless me more and
    more , even my children. I feel the blessings coming on. I will faithfully praise and
    thank God for everything. In times like this, I am glad to know God! Happy to be
    His child . All sins are forgiven never more to remember them. I will meditate day
    and night. I will live the best Christ like life that I can. Amen!
  • Tormem jerome on Psalms 115
    This book of psalm will do something to my life very inportant, it will change my life from unuseful things and sins am into. Thank you Jesus
  • Blessing on Psalms 115
    Thank you lore of host for your mercy love and kindness you alone are to be praise
  • Hazel Carty on Psalms 115
    Thank you Lord for your blessings for salvation for goodness and masses is with me I love you Lord Jesus Christ touch my family and consecrate is heavenly father,
  • Blessing - in Reply on Psalms 115
    Amen amen amen
  • Hazel Carty on Psalms 115
    In virse 4 their idols are silver and gold when moses

    went up in the mountain the children of. Broke the second commandment,
  • Rosalyn M Coleman-Billingslea on Psalms 115
    “Keeping the wedge satan drives between the true believer, I am kept for him, Christ Jehovah God who LOVES me most;ditto I am blessed.......ditto I am healed...........ditto I am in control of all my thoughts and not satan, brain chemistry distorted by any gossip, self loathing, hatred, nay sayers and all those that worship idols etc.”


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How is God different from the heathens' false idols?
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  • Looks Like Animal
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