“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 148, “PRAISE YE THE LORD,” cont’d

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“Can’t Give Up Now,”  MaryMary

“PRAISE YE THE LORD,” cont’d, Psalm 148:7) Praise Ye The Lord From The Earth, Ye Dragons (Great Sea Creatures), And All Deeps (Ocean Depths):  8) Fire, And Hail; Snow, And Vapours; Stormy Wind Fulfilling His Word:  9) Mountains, And All Hills; Fruitful Trees, And All Cedars:  10) Beasts, And All Cattle; Creeping Things, And Flying Fowl:  11) Kings Of The Earth, And All People; Princes, And All Judges Of The Earth:  Acts 17:28.  12) Both Young men, And Maidens; Old Men, And Children:  13) Let Them Praise The Name Of The Lord:  For His Name Alone Is Excellent; His Glory Is Above The Earth And Heaven.  14) He Also Exalteth The Horn Of His People, The Praise Of All His Saints; Even Of The Children Of Israel, A People Near Unto Him.  PRAISE YE THE LORD.  Ephesians 2:17.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – Psalm 148 – Is A Complex Psalm.  Because of It’s many references to the Creation, It can be labeled A Wisdom Psalm, and more particularly A Creation Psalm (Psalm 19:104).  It is also highly charged with Praise.  Like Psalm 19, This Psalm Moves From The Heavens To The Human Heart.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v14, He Also Exalteth The Horn Of His People  Which is done when He Increases their strength, their Spiritual Strength especially; makes them strong in The Lord, in His Grace, and in The Power Of His Might; when their dominion and authority is enlarged, and victory given over all their enemies; particularly when the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to them, and when they shall Reign With Christ On Earth; for this phrase denotes the Honourable as well as the Safe State of The People Of God; The Horn Being An Emblem Of Power, Authority, And Dominion, The Glory Of His People; see           ( Psalms 75:10 ) . Some interpret this Of Christ The Horn Of David, The Horn Of Salvation, And The Author Of It, ( Psalms 132:17 )      ( Luke 1:69 ) ; (Christ) Who is King over His People, as a Horn Signifies; and is The Strength, Safety, and Security of them; Has Gotten Them The Victory over all their enemies, And Is Now Exalted In Heaven At The Right Hand Of God, And That “For His People” F7, as it may be rendered; He Is Both Raised Up And Exalted For Them;  The Praise Of All His Saints;  That Is, The Lord Is The Object Of The Praise Of All His Saints, To Whom He Has Showed Favour And Kindness, And On Whom He Has Bestowed The Blessings Of His Grace; it is Matter of Praise that they are Saints, Set Apart By God The Father, Sanctified By The Blood Of Christ, and By The Spirit Of God; and that Their Horn Is Exalted, or They Raised To Dignity and Honour; and That Christ Is Raised And Lifted Up As An Horn For Them, ( 1 Corinthians 1:30 1 Corinthians 1:31 ) ( Revelation 1:5 Revelation 1:6 ) ( Luke 1:68 Luke 1:69 ) ;  [even] of the children of Israel;  not literal but Spiritual Israel, such who are Israelites indeed, whether Jews or Gentiles;  a people near unto Him;  in respect of union, being One With Him, in the Bond of Everlasting Love; in Respect of Relation, being Near Akin, He Their Father, They His Children, not by Creation only, but by Adopting Grace; and Christ Their Near Kinsman, nay, their Father, Brother, Head, and Husband; in Respect Of Access Unto Him, Which They Have Through Christ, with Boldness and Confidence, Being Made Nigh and Brought Near By The Blood of Christ; in Respect of Communion and The Enjoyment Of His Gracious Presence; and In Respect Of Inhabitation, God, Father, Son, and Spirit, Dwelling in them, and Making their abode with Them: that is, Of Christ, Who Is Near To God His Father, Is One With Him, Was With Him From Everlasting, Drew Nigh To Him As The Surety Of His People, And Offered Himself A Sacrifice To Him As Their Priest, And Now Is Set Down At His Right Hand As Their King; is their Advocate, and Ever Lives To Intercede For Them;  Praise Ye The Lord:  even all creatures, Especially His Saints, His People, the children of Israel, the last spoken of.  Amen.

Quest Study Bible – “How can things Praise God?”  This is poetic language.  The heavens (sun, moon, stars) are personified to paint a picture of God’s Control Over All Creation.  Though only human’s consciously and verbally express their Praise To God (v. 14), the rest of Creation Gives Its Praise To God By Being What He Has Made It To Be–-For He Commanded And They Were Created (v. 5).  Also see “Why describe inanimate objects as Rejoicing?” (96:11-13).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v7-14, Even in this world, dark and bad as it is, God Is Praised.  The powers of nature, be they ever so strong, so stormy, Do What God Appoints Them, and no more.  Those that rebel against God’s Word show themselves to be more violent than even the stormy winds, yet they fulfill It (God’s Will).  View the surface of the earth, mountains and all hills, from the barren tops of some, and the fruitful tops of others, we may fetch matter (God’s Creation) For Praise.  And assuredly creatures which have the powers of reason, ought to Employ Themselves In Praising God.  LET ALL MANNER OF PERSONS PRAISE GOD.  Those of every rank, high and low.  Let Us Show That We Are His Saints By Praising His Name Continually.  He Is Not Only Our Creator, But Our Redeemer; Who Made Us A People Near Unto Him.  We may by “The Horn Of His People” Understand Christ, Whom God Has Exalted To Be A Prince And A Saviour, Who Is Indeed The Defense And The Praise Of All His Saints, And Will Be So For Ever.  In Redemption, Their Unspeakable Glory Is Displayed, Which Forms The Source Of All Our Hopes And Joys.  MAY THE LORD PARDON US, And Teach Our hearts To LOVE HIM More And Praise Him Better. 

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“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 148, “PRAISE YE THE LORD”

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“Can’t Give Up Now,” Mary Mary 

“PRAISE YE THE LORD,” Psalm 148:1) Praise Ye The Lord.  Praise Ye The Lord From The Heavens.  Praise Him In The Heights.  2) Praise Ye Him, All His Angels:  Praise Ye Him, All His Hosts.  3) Praise Ye Him, Sun And Moon:  Praise Him, All Ye Stars Of Light.  4) Praise Him, Ye Heavens Of Heavens, And Ye Waters That Be Above The Heavens.  1 Kings 8:27.   5) Let Them Praise The Name Of The Lord:  For He Commanded, And They Were Created.  Hebrews 11;3.  6) He Hath Also Stablished Them For Ever And Ever:  He Hath Made A Decree Which Shall Not Pass.  Jeremiah 33:25.  

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v4, Praise Him, He Heaven Of Heavens  All the Heavens, the airy and starry heavens; and The Third Heaven, The Residence Of God, Angels and Saints: these are Made By The Lord, and Declare The Glory Of His Power, Wisdom, and Goodness, and Show Forth His Handiwork, ( Psalms 19:1 ) . A Voice Was Heard From Heaven, Praising Jehovah The Son, When On Earth In Our Nature; A Cloud Of The Lower Heavens Received Him When He Went From Hence, and in the clouds thereof He Will Come Again: The Highest Heavens Opened To Receive Him, and Will Retain Him Until The Restitution Of All Things; And From Hence He Will Descend To Judge The World In Righteousness, ( Matthew 3:16 ) ( 17:5 ) ( Acts 1:9 ) ( 3:21 ) ( Revelation 1:7).  and ye waters that [be] above the heavens;  Divided By The Firmament From The Waters Below; and are no other than the thick clouds, in which the waters are bound up, and not rent, But At The Pleasure Of God, ( Genesis 1:7 ) ( Job 26:9 ) ; so called The Clouds The Celestial Waters. And These give men Occasion To Praise The Lord, That Those Vast Bodies Of Water That Are Over Their Heads are not let down in such large quantities upon them as would destroy them; and that are carried about from place to place, and let down and gentle showers, to water and refresh the earth, and make it fruitful, so that it brings forth food for man and beast. (It is said)  “ye waters, That By The Word (Of The Lord) hang above the heavens;” in which is displayed The Glory Of Amazing Power, Wisdom, and Goodness. The most ancient Syrians and Arabians were thoroughly persuaded, that beyond the bounds of the visible heavens there was a great sea, without any limits; which some F5 suppose to be the waters here meant.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – Psalm 148 – Is A Complex Psalm.  Because of It’s many references to the Creation, It can be labeled A Wisdom Psalm, and more particularly A Creation Psalm (Psalm 19:104).  It is also highly charged with Praise.  Like Psalm 19, This Psalm Moves From The Heavens To The Human Heart.

Quest Study Bible – v1-10, “How can things Praise God?”  This is poetic language.  The heavens (sun, moon, stars) are personified to paint a picture of God’s Control Over All Creation.  Though only human’s consciously and verbally express their Praise To God (v. 14), the rest of Creation Gives Its Praise To God By Being What He Has Made It To Be–-For He Commanded And They Were Created (v. 5).  Also see “Why describe inanimate objects as Rejoicing?” (96:11-13).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-6, We, in this dark and sinful world, know little of The Heavenly World Of light.  But we know that there is above us a World Of Blessed Angels.  They Are Always Praising God, therefore the psalmist shows his desire that God May Be Praised In The Best Manner, also we show that we have Communion With Spirits Above, Who Are Still Praising Him.  The Heavens, With All Contained In Them, Declare The Glory Of God.  They Call On Us, That Both By Word and Deed, We Glorify With Them The Creator And Redeemer Of The Universe. 

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 36, “Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem,” cont’d

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“How Great Thou Art,” CeCe Winans

“Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem,” cont’d, Isaiah 36:12) But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words?  hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?  13) Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, and said, Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.  14) Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you:  for he shall not be able to deliver you.  15) Neither let Hezekiah make you Trust In The Lord, saying, The Lord Will Surely Deliver us:  this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.  16) Hearken not to Hezekiah:  for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me:  and eat ye very one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern;  17) Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.  18) Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The Lord Will Deliver us.  Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?  19) Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad?  where are the gods of Sepharvaim?  and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?  Numbers 34:8.  20) Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that The Lord Should Deliver Jerusalem Out Of my hand?  2 Chronicles 32:15; Psalm 50:21.  21) But they held their peace, and answered him not a word:  for the king’s commandment was saying, Answer him not.  22) Then came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder to Hezekiah, with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.  2 Samuel 1:11; Job 1:20.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v11, 12 Aramaic was the language of diplomatic diplomacy during during this period.   v13, 14 The Rabshakeh  spoke in Hebrew so his words (would) be understood by the citizens of Jerusalem.  deceive you:  He structured his speech to quickly discourage those who heard it.  v15, 17  take you away:    The Assyrians commonly exiled the people groups they conquered (see 2 Kings 15:12:29; 17:6).  v18-21, The Rabshakeh assumed that different gods were worshiped in Samaria than in Jerusalem, so he repeated some of the same sentiments articulated by the Assyrian king in 10:10, 11.  v22, The words of the enemy would not bring pleasure to Hezekiah.  The torn clothes indicated that the messengers were bearing bad news (37:1).

Quest Study Bible – v1617, “Was this war propaganda effective?”  This is military propaganda at its finest.  Fortunately, Hezekiah’s people didn’t take the bait (v. 21).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – See 2 Kings 18:17-37, and the commentary thereon.

2 Kings 18:17-37) Rebshakeh tries to convince the Jews, that it was to no purpose for them to stand it out.  What Confidence is this wherein thou Trustest?  It were well if sinners would submit to the force of this argument, In Seeking Peace With God.  It is, therefore, Our Wisdom to Yield To Him, Because It Is In Vain To Contend (Struggle) with Him.  A great deal of art there is in this speech of Rabshakeh, but a great deal of pride, malice, falsehood, and blasphemy.  Hezekiah’s nobles held their peace.  There is a time to keep silence, as well as a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7); and these are those to whom to offer any thing Religious or rational, Is To Cast Pearls Before Swine (Matthew 7:6).  Their silence made Rabshakeh yet more proud and secure.  It is often best to leave such persons to rail and blaspheme; a decided expression of abhorrence is the best testimony against them.  The Matter Must Be Left To The Lord, Who Has All Hearts In His Hands, Committing Ourselves Unto Him In Humble Submission, Believing Hope And Fervent Prayer.  Amen.       

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 36, “Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem”

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“I Surrender All,” CeCe Winans

“Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem,” Isaiah 36:1) Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.   2 Chronicles 32:1.  2) And the king of Assyria sent Rabsakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king Hezekiah with a great army.  And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field.  2 Kings 14:19; Micah 1:13.  3) Then came forth unto him Eliakim, Hilkiah’s son, which was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph’s son, the recorder.  4) And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trusteth?  5) I say, sayest thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counsel and strength for war:  now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?  6) Lo, thou trusteth in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it:  so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him.  7) But if thou say to me, We Trust In The Lord our God:  is it not He, Whose High Places and Whose Altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye Shall Worship Before This Altar?  8) Now therefore give pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.  9) How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?  10) And am I now come up without The Lord against this land to destroy it?  The Lord Said Unto Me, Go Up Against This Land, And Destroy It.  11) Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, i pray thee, unto thy servants in Syrian language; for we understand it:  and speak not to us in the Jews’ language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, The fourteenth  year of king Hezekiah’s sole reign was 701 B. C.  v2, The Rabshakeh  may have been the king’s personal advisor.  v3, Eliakim … Shebna:    For further details, see 22:15-23.  v4, 5, Only the Assyrian leader is referred to here as king, not Hezekiah.   v6, Judah had refused to listen to Isaiah’s insistence that reliance on Egypt was worthless (19:14-16; 30:3, 7; 31:3).   Here they were given the same warning from their enemy.  v7,  taken away:  Hezekiah had taken away the idolatrous high places and altars that his father Ahaz had built (see 2 Kings 18:1-5; 2 Chronicles 31:1-3).  v8, riders:  Micah referred to Jerusalem’s soldiers as just a “troop” (Micah 5:1) compared to the enormous army of Assyria (Micah 4:11).  v9, one captain of the least:  Judah had no hope of defeating the force that surrounded him.  v10, The Lord said to me:  These words about The Lord were no more than a boast.  v11, 12 Aramaic was the language of diplomatic diplomacy during during this period.

Quest Study Bible – SCRIPTURE LINK (chs. 36-39) This portion of Isaiah is nearly identical to material found in 2 Kings 18:13–20:19.  Many say Isaiah adapted this material from 2 Kings, while others point out both writers could have borrowed from a third, unknown source.  v1, “Why did Isaiah switch his writing style?   Up to this point, the writing style has mostly been poetry.  Suddenly it prose — a straight narration of history.  The events narrated in chs. 36-39, however parallel the Prophecies just given.  In may ways, these chapters provide a transition between Prophecies about an Assyrian threat and a more potent Babylonian threat which begins in ch. 40 but is hinted at in chs. 38-39.   v4-5, “How  did Hezekiah rebel against Assyria?”   Perhaps resisted the Assyrian invasion and did not surrender completely or quickly.  Or he may have contemplated recruiting Egyptian assistance (v. 6).  The Assyrians, under king Sennacherib, had conquered every major city in Judah, except Jerusalem.   Finally, Hezekiah paid Sennacherib a sizable tribute, hoping to appease the Assyrians (2 Kings 18:14-16).  The Assyrians, however, were not bought off so easily.   v6, “Was Hezekiah depending on Egypt as charged?”   (36:6).  See  “Was the report of Egyptian aid true?”  (37:9).  v7, “Why did Hezekiah restrict Worship Of God?”  The Assyrian commander was referring to the time when Hezekiah removed all the high places and altars where the people of Judah Worshiped God  (2 Kings 18:4).  What the commander didn’t say was that these high places and altars were also often used by people to worship false gods.  The commander was trying to make the people of Judah doubt Hezekiah’s commitment to God.  v10, “Why did Sennacherib claim to follow The Lord’s Directions?”  Such a claim would have struck terror into the hearts of the people of Judah—to think that this enemy was actually following The Lord’s Command!  It’s true that The Lord Did Use Assyria To Punish The People of Israel And Judah, but the Assyrian commander didn’t realize Assyria was about to feel The Heat Of God’s Judgment.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – See 2 Kings 18:17-37, and the commentary thereon.

2 Kings 18:17-37) Rebshakeh tries to convince the Jews, that it was to no purpose for them to stand it out.  What Confidence is this wherein thou Trustest?  It were well if sinners would submit to the force of this argument, In Seeking Peace With God.  It is, therefore, Our Wisdom to Yield To Him, Because It Is In Vain To Contend (Struggle) with Him.  A great deal of art there is in this speech of Rabshakeh, but a great deal of pride, malice, falsehood, and blasphemy.  Hezekiah’s nobles held their peace.  There is a time to keep silence, as well as a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7); and these are those to whom to offer any thing Religious or rational, Is To Cast Pearls Before Swine (Matthew 7:6).  Their silence made Rabshakeh yet more proud and secure.  It is often best to leave such persons to rail and blaspheme; a decided expression of abhorrence is the best testimony against them.  The Matter Must Be Left To The Lord, Who Has All Hearts In His Hands, Committing Ourselves Unto Him In Humble Submission, Believing Hope And Fervent Prayer.  Amen.       

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 147, “PRAISE YE THE LORD,” cont’d

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“I Give Myself Away,” William McDowell

“PRAISE YE THE LORD,” cont’d, Psalm 147:12) Praise The Lord, O Jerusalem; Praise Thy God, O Zion.  13) For He Hath Strengthened The Bars Of Thy Gates; He Hath Blessed Thy Children Within Thee.  14) He Maketh Peace In Thy Borders, And Filleth Thee With The Finest Of The Wheat.  15) He Sendeth Forth His Commandment Upon Earth:  His Word Runneth Very Swiftly.  Job 37;12.  16) He Giveth Snow Like Wool:  He Scattereth The Hoarfrost (Frozen Water) Like Ashes.  17) He Casteth Forth His Ice like Morsels:  Who Can Stand Before His Cold?  18) He Sendeth Out His Word, And Melteth Them:  He Causeth His Wind To Blow, And The Waters Flow.  19) He Sheweth His Word Unto Jacob, His Statues And His Judgments Unto Israel.  Romans 3:2.  20) He Hath Not Dealt So With Any Nation:  And As For His Judgments, They Have Not Known Them.  PRAISE YE THE LORD.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – Psalm 147 – A Psalm of Descriptive Praise, places a strong emphasis on Creation Themes.  This anonymous poem was likely written following the return of the Jewish People to Jerusalem from Babylon captivity (also Psalm 126; 132; 135). 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v12-20, The Church Like Jerusalem Of Old, Built Up And Preserved By The Wisdom, Power, And Goodness Of God, Is Exhorted (Encouraged) To Praise Him For All The Benefits And Blessings Vouchsafed (Given) To Her; And These Are Represented By His Favors In The Course Of Nature.  The Thawing Word May Represent The Gospel Of Christ, And The Thawing Wind The Spirit Of Christ; For The Spirit Is Compared To The Wind, John 3:8.  Converting Grace Softens The Heart That Was Hard Frozen, And Melts It Into Tears Of Repentance, And Makes Good Reflections To Flow, Which Before Were Chilled and Stopped Up. The Change Which The Thaw Makes Is Very Evident, Yet How It Is Done No One Can Say.  Such Is The Change Wrought  (Through Christ And The Cross) In The Conversion Of A Soul, When God’s Word And Spirit Are Sent To Melt It And Restore It To Itself.  Amen.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v20, He Hath Not Dealt So With Any Nation Or “every nation” {b}; or all the nations under the Heavens; only with the Jewish nation: these only for many hundreds of years were favored with The Divine Revelation, with The Word and Ordinances (Decrees and Laws) of God; with the Law, and with The Gospel, and with the Service and Worship of God; as well as with Promises and Prophecies of Christ, and Good Things To Come By Him. These were not communicated to anyone nation or body of people besides them; only now and then, to one here and there among the Gentiles: The Gospel Was First Preached to them at The Coming of Christ, and after them to the Gentiles, when rejected by them;  and [as for His] Judgments, they have not known them;  by which are meant, not the Providential Dispensations (The Method of How God Brings About His Purposes For Man) of God, Which Are Unsearchable, and past finding out, till made Manifest (Evident, Obvious); nor punishments inflicted on wicked men, unobserved by them; but The Word Of God, and The Ordinances of It, which the Gentile world for many ages were unacquainted with; see ( Psalms 19:9 ) ;  Praise Ye The Lord:  as literal Israel had reason to do, for those distinguishing instances of His Favor and Goodness; and as The Spiritual Israel of God everywhere have; and particularly our British ones, who are highly favored with the Privileges of having The Word of God Purely and Powerfully Preached, and His Ordinances Truly and Duly Administered; at least in some parts of it, and that more than in any other nation under the Heavens. (other than Israel).

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 147, “PRAISE YE THE LORD”

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“PRAISE YE THE LORD,” cont’d, Psalm 147:1) Praise Ye The Lord:  For It Is Good To Sing praises Unto Our God; For It Is Pleasant; And Praise Is Comely (Attractive).  2) The Lord Doth Build Up Jerusalem:  He Gathereth Together the outcasts of Israel.  3) He Healeth The Broken In Heart, And Bindeth Up Their Wounds.  Luke 4:18.  4) He Telleth The Number Of The Stars; He Calleth Them All By Their Names.  Genesis 15:5; Isaiah 40:26.  5) Great Is Our Lord, And Of Great Power:   His Understanding Is Infinite.  Nahum 1:3.  6) The Lord Lifteth Up The Meek:  He Casteth The Wicked Down To The Ground.  Psalm 146:8.  7) Sing Unto The Lord With Thanksgiving; Sing Praise Upon The Harp Unto Our God.  8) Who Covereth The Heaven With Clouds, Who Prepareth Rain For The Earth, Who Maketh Grass To Grow Upon The Mountains.  9) He Giveth To The Beast His Food, And To The Young Ravens Which Cry.  10) He Delighteth Not In The Strength of The Horse:  He Taketh Not Pleasure in The legs Of A Man.  11) The Lord Taketh Pleasure In Them That FEAR Him, In Those That Hope In His Mercy.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – Psalm 147 – A Psalm of Descriptive Praise, places a strong emphasis on Creation Themes.  This anonymous poem was likely written following the return of the Jewish People to Jerusalem from Babylon captivity (also Psalm 126; 132; 135). 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1 – 11, Praising God Is Work That Is Its Own Wages. It Is Comely; It Becomes Us as reasonable creatures, Much More As People In Covenant With God  He Gathereth Outcast Sinners By His Grace, And Will Bring Them Into His Holy Habitation.  To Those Whom God Heals With The Consolations Of His Spirit, He Speaks Peace, Assures Them Their Sins Are Pardoned.  And for This, let others Praise Him Also.  Man’s knowledge is soon ended; But God’s Knowledge Is A Depth That Can Never Be Fathomed.  And While He Telleth The Number Of The Stars, He Condescends To Hear The Broken-Hearted Sinner.  While He Feeds The Young Ravens, He Will Not Leave His Praying People Destitute.  Clouds look dull and melancholy, yet without them we would have no rain, therefore no fruit.  Thus afflictions look black and unpleasant; but from clouds of affliction come Showers That Make The Soul To Yield The Peaceable Fruits Of Righteousness.  The Psalmist delights not in things wherein sinners trust and glory; But A Suitable And Serious Regard To God Is, In His Sight, Of Very Great Price.  We Are Not To Be Doubt Between Hope And Fear, But To Act Under The Gracious Influences Of HOPE And FEAR United.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 146, “PRAISE YE THE LORD,” cont’d

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“Calvary”

“PRAISE YE THE LORD,” cont’d, Psalm 146:6) Which Made Heaven, And Earth, The Sea, And All That Therein Is:  Which Keepeth Truth For Ever:   7) Which Executeth Judgment For The Oppressed:  Which Giveth Food To The Hungry.   The Lord Looseth The Prisoners:  8) The Lord Openeth The Eyes Of The Blind:  The Lord Raiseth Them That Are Bowed Down:  The Lord Loveth The Righteous.  9) The Lord Preserveth The Strangers; He Relieveth The Fatherless And Widow; but the way of the wicked He Turneth Upside Down.  10) The Lord Shall Reign For Ever, Even Thy God, O Zion, Unto All Generations.  PRAISE YE THE LORD.  

John Exposition Of The Bible –  v6, Which made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein [is]  This and the following verses are a description of that Divine Person, Even Christ, Who Is The Help and Hope Of His People; and Every Character Of Him Is A Reason For Faith And Hope In Him; All Things Are Made by Him, Which Are In The Whole Compass Of Creation, The Heaven, Earth, and Sea, and all in them; the fowls of the airy heaven; the sun, moon, and stars, the hosts of the starry heavens; and the Angels, The Inhabitants Of The Third Heaven; the beasts of the field, and cattle of a thousand hills; and man, the chief of God’s Works on earth; and the innumerable fishes of the sea, great and small; and He That Made All These, What Is It He Cannot Do? He Must Be The Mighty God, And A Mighty Saviour, and The Proper Object Of Trust And Hope; see        ( John 1:1-3 ) ( Colossians 1:16 ) ( Hebrews 1:2Hebrews 1:10 ) ; Which Keepeth Truth For Ever;  The Truth Of Doctrine, Who As Mediator Is Full Of It, And By Whom It Came; and, As The Prophet Of The Church, Concealed It Not, From The Great Congregation, The Law of Truth Being In His Lips, The Truth Of The Promises, Which Are All Yea and Amen In Him; Every Promise Being Made To Him (By The Father), And Being In Him, As The Promise of Eternal Life, With All Others, Which Are Safely Kept By Him, and He Will See Them Performed; The Truth Of All His Engagements With His Father, as The Surety of His People; To Take Their Nature, Obey, Suffer, And Die For Them, Which He Has Truly and Punctually Made Good, Being Faithful To Him That Appointed Him; and The Truth Of All His Sayings, Concerning His Presence With His Church and Ministers Unto The End Of The World, And Of Whatsoever Should Befall Them, From His Resurrection And Ascension To His Second Coming.  v7, Which Executeth Judgment for the oppressed  All Judgment Being Committed To Christ As Mediator, He Executes It On The Behalf of His Oppressed Ones, and Breaks In Pieces Their Oppressors; being oppressed with sin, and lying under the power of it, He (Christ) Condemned It In His Flesh, Wrought Out A Righteousness To Justify From It, And Redeemed Them From All Their Iniquities; being oppressed by Satan, and led captive by him, He (Christ) Took Them and Led Captivity Captive; and, when oppressed by the world, He Is On Their Side And Takes Their Part, And Thoroughly Pleads Their Cause, And Suffers No Weapon Formed Against Them To Prosper; And Will Before Long Destroy antichrist and his followers, And Bring Down His Judgments On Them, especially at The Last Judgment, He,The Righteous Judge, Will Render Tribulation to them that have troubled His People, and Set The Crown of Righteousness on their heads; see ( Psalms 10:18 ) ( 72:4 ) ; Which Giveth food to the hungry:  in a literal sense He gave manna and quails to the hungry Israelites in the wilderness, Fed five thousand with five loaves and two small fishes, and four thousand with seven loaves and a few fishes, when here on earth; and in a Spiritual Sense, to such as are in a starving and famishing condition, and hunger and thirst after Righteousness, He Gives Himself, The Bread of Life, and His Grace, The Water Of Life; He gives them to eat of The Hidden Manna, and of The Tree Of Life; He Gives Them His Word, His Gospel, which is Milk for babes and Meat for strong men; He gives them His Ordinances, which are a Feast of Fat Things, and so He Fills and Satisfies their hungry souls; The Lord looseth the prisoners:  such as were bound by diseases and infirmities of body, He Loosed In The Days Of His Flesh Here; and some that were held with the cords of death He Raised From The Dead, ( Luke 13:11 Luke 13:12 ) ( Matthew 11:5 ) ; and His People, who are in a spiritual sense prisoners of sin, Satan, and the Law, being shut up and held under by them, He Proclaims Liberty to them, and the opening the prison to them that are bound; He opens the prison doors, and Says to the prisoners, Go forth; ( Isaiah 61:1 ) ( 49:9 ) ; yea, all the prisoners in the grave He will loose at the Last Day; He has the key of hell and death, and Will Open those prisons and set them free; they shall come forth, some to the Resurrection of Life, and others to the Resurrection of damnation.  v8, The Lord Openeth [the eyes of] the blind  Who are corporeally blind; the eyes of many such were opened by Christ when here on earth, and one who was born blind; and such who are Spiritually blind as to any Knowledge of Divine things, of God in Christ, of the Way of life and Salvation by Christ, of the Spirit and His Operations, of their state and condition by nature, or of the things of The Gospel; the eyes of many such,  He Opens so as to see their sin and danger, their want of Righteousness, and Need of Christ, and Salvation by Him; this is usually done by means of the Ministry of The Word, which is as an eye salve; but The Work Is Christ’s, and a Work of Almighty Power It Is; see ( Isaiah 35:4 Isaiah 35:5 ) ; The Lord Raiseth [them that are] bowed down;  as He did in a literal sense the poor woman that was bowed together, ( Luke 13:11 Luke 13:12 ) , and as He does in a Spiritual Sense such as are heavy laden with sin, and pressed with the burden of it; that are depressed with Satan’s temptations, and labor under sore afflictions and exercises; all which He Supports His People Under, and Delivers them out of; and Cheers and Refreshes their souls with discoveries of His Love and Grace unto them; see ( Psalms 145:14 ) ; The Lord Loveth The Righteous;  not self-righteous persons; these are not loved by God The Father; nor by Christ, Who came not to Call them to Repentance; nor by the Spirit, Who Reproves and Convinces men of self-righteousness; nor by Angels, Who rejoice at one sinner that Repents more than over ninety and nine just persons who in their own opinion need no Repentance: but such who are Righteous through Christ’s Righteousness Imputed to them, and there are none Righteous in any other way; and these Christ Loves, not for any Righteousness in them, or done by them; nor does His Love Flow From His Own Righteousness upon them, For He Loved Them From All Eternity; and His Engaging and Undertaking To Work Out A Righteousness For Them, and the Bringing in of that Righteousness, were the Fruits and Effects of His Love to them, and Evidences of It; He Suffered For Them when they were in themselves unjust; He Died For Them when sinners, ungodly, and enemies; nevertheless, as they are Clothed with His Perfect Righteousness, and are Introduced Unto Him and Presented Before Him in this Raiment of needle work, this Clothing of Wrought Gold, this Fine Linen Clean and White; He Takes Delight and Pleasure in them, and they appear A Glorious Church, without Spot or Wrinkle, or any such thing.  v9, The Lord Preserveth the strangers  The life of them, as He did the daughter of: the Greek, a Syrophenician woman, and a Samaritan, by Healing them of their diseases, ( Mark 7:26-29 ) ( Luke 17:16-18 ) ; and in a Spiritual Sense He Preserves the Lives and Saves the Souls of His People among the Gentiles, who are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to The Covenant of Promise; for these He Laid Down His Life A Ransom, and Became The Propitiation (An Atoning Sacrifice) for their sins; to these He Sends His Gospel, which is The Power of God to Salvation unto them; He Relieveth the fatherless and widow; in their distresses and troubles, who have no helper; a Wonderful instance of his relieving a widow, in the most disconsolate circumstances, we have in Raising the widow of Nain’s son to life, and Restoring him to his mother, ( Luke 7:12-15 ) ; In Him “the fatherless”, and all that in a Spiritual Sense are Destitute of help in the creatures, and see they are so, “Find Mercy”; nor will He Leave His People Comfortless, or as orphans and fatherless ones, but Will and Does Come and Visit them, Relieve and Supply them with Everything Convenient for them; though His Church here on earth may seem to be as a widow, He Being In Heaven At The Right Hand Of God, yet He Cares For Her in the wilderness, and Provides For Her Support, where She Is Nourished with The Word and Ordinances, and Will Be Until He Comes Again; see ( Hosea 14:3 ) ( John 14:18 ) ( Revelation 12:14 ) ; but the way of the wicked He Turneth upside down;  so that they cannot find it; nor their hands perform their enterprise; their schemes and counsels are all confounded and blasted by Him, and all their policy and power are not able to prevail against His Church and People; see ( Psalms 1:6 ) .  v10, The Lord Shall Reign For Ever  The Messiah, Who Is King of kings and Lord of lords; and in this He Is Superior to, them, they reign but for a while, but He For Evermore; The Throne of Majesty and Glory On Which He Sits Is For Ever and Ever; His Kingdom Is An Everlasting Kingdom; of His Government, and the Peace of It, There Will Be No End; He Is King of Saints Now, and Reigns in their Hearts, and in His Church(es), and in the World; and He Will Reign With His People, and they with Him, a thousand years on earth; and then they will reign Together To All Eternity; see ( Psalms 14:6 ) ( Isaiah 9:7 ) ( Daniel 2:44 ) . (It is said) “He shall confirm His Kingdom in The Redemption or (And) Salvation of His Children;”  and of the latter, “it shall be said He Is King Over All, After He Has Executed Judgment On The Wicked In The Valley Of Jehoshaphat;”  [even] thy God, O Zion, unto, all generations;  He Who is Zion’s God is Zion’s King, Head over all things to The Church; and this is Her (The Church’s) Joy and Comfort In Every Age, that Her God and Her King Reigns, and Will Reign For Evermore; and especially in a Glorious Manner in the latter day; see ( Isaiah 52:7 ) ; and as all this is a Solid Ground and Foundation Of Truth In The Lord, and Serves to Encourage Saints to make Him Their Help and Hope; and shows how Happy they are That Have Him As Such; so it is (a) Matter of Praise and Thanksgiving: hence it follows, Praise Ye The Lord; or “Hallelujah”; and so the Psalm ends as It began.  Amen.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 146, “PRAISE YE THE LORD”

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“Holy Is The Lamb,” Trey McLaughlin and SOZ

“For Your Glory,” Trey McLaughlin

“PRAISE YE THE LORD,” Psalm 146:1) Praise Ye The Lord, Praise The Lord, O My Soul.  2) While I Live Will I Praise The Lord:  I Will Sing Praises Unto My God While I Have Any Being.  3) Put not your Trust in princes, nor in the son of man (mortal men), in whom there is no help.  4) His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.  5) Happy is he That Hath The God of Jacob for his Help, whose Hope Is In The Lord His God.

 John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v1,  Praise Ye The Lord  Or, “Hallelujah”; which, in the Greek and Vulgate Latin versions, is the title of the Psalm; but is rather the beginning of it; and is an exhortation to men, especially to the Saints, to Praise The Lord, The Lord Christ, The Lord of the world, Who Has Created It and Upholds It; The Lord Of Lords, David’s Lord; and The Lord of all His People, by Creation, Redemption, and Grace; and From Whom they receive all Blessings and Mercies, Temporal and Spiritual, and are therefore under the highest obligations To Praise Him;  Praise The Lord, O my soul;  the psalmist does not put upon others that he does not choose to do himself; but, as the sweet psalmist of Israel, and Prophet of The Church, leads the way and sets and example; and not only strikes his harp and psaltery, and with his tongue, mouth, and lips, shows forth The Praise of The Lord; but engages his heart, his soul, in this work; which, as it was capable of it, so Most Agreeable To The Lord, Who Requires The Heart In His Service, and To Be Worshiped In Spirit and In Truth: and this being the better and more noble part of man, making melody in it to The Lord, and engaging all the powers and faculties of it in such an employment, Must Be Acceptable To Him.  v2, While I live will I Praise The Lord  As he had good reason to do, since he had his life from Him, and was upheld in it by Him; who also favoured him with the Mercies and Comforts of Life; and That Every Day, being Renewed to him every morning, and continued all the days of his life; which determined him throughout the whole of it To Praise The Lord: nay, he had his Spiritual Life From Him, with all The Blessings Of It; Which Are Lasting, Everlasting Ones, and had Hope Of Eternal Life With Him; I will sing Praises unto my God while I have any being;  or “while I am” {l}; not only in this world, but in The World To Come; for men have a being or existence after death, and the Saints have a most comfortable and happy one then; and will be more capable of Singing Praises To Their Incarnate God, And Which Will Be Their Work To All Eternity; see  ( Psalms 104:33 ) .  v3,  Put not your trust in princes  Not in foreign princes, in alliances and confederacies with them; nor in any at home. David did not desire his people to put their trust in him, nor in his nobles and courtiers; but in The Lord Christ, Who, As He Is The Object Of Praise, Is Also The Proper Object Of Trust. Princes, though ever so liberal and bountiful, as their name signifies, and therefore called benefactors, ( Luke 22:25 ) or ever so mighty and powerful, wise and prudent, yet are not to be depended upon; they are changeable, fickle, and inconstant; and oftentimes not faithful to their word, but fallacious and deceitful; “men of high degree are a lie”,         ( Psalms 62:9 ) ; Wherefore It Is Better To Trust In The Lord Jehovah, In Whom Is Everlasting Strength; Who Gives All Things Richly To Enjoy; Who Is Unchangeable, And Ever Abides Faithful; see ( Psalms 118:8 Psalms 118:9 ) ; [nor] in the son of man (mortal men), in whom [there is] no help;  or “Salvation” {m}: not in any mere man born of a woman; not in Abraham, the father of the faithful, of whom the Jews boasted, as the Midrash; nor in Moses, as Arama; nor in Cyrus, as R. Obadiah; no, nor in David himself, nor in any of the princes; for how great soever they look, or in whatsoever honor and esteem they may be, they are but sons of men; are frail mortal men, and die like men, though they may be called gods, as they are by office: but no man or son of man, let him be what he will, is to be trusted in; there is a curse on him that does it, ( Jeremiah 17:5) . There is indeed a Son of man that is to be Trusted In, The Lord Jesus Christ; But Then He Is God As Well As Man, The True God, The Great God, God Over All, Blessed For Ever; Were He Not, He Would Not Be The Proper Object Of Trust, for there is no “help” or “Salvation” in a mere creature; even kings and princes cannot help and save themselves oftentimes, and much less their people; their Salvation Is Of God, and not from themselves, or from their armies, ( Psalms 33:16 ) ( 144:10 )       ( Proverbs 21:31 ) . There Is Help In Christ, On Whom It Is Laid, And Where It (Help) Is Found; There Is Salvation In Him, But In No Other; He Is The Author And Giver Of It (Salvation), And Therefore He, And Not Another, Is To Be Trusted In.  v4,  His breath goeth forth  That is, the breath of a son of man (mortal men), of any and everyone of the princes; it goes forth continually, and is drawn in again as long as a man lives; but at death it goes forth, and returns no more till The Resurrection: The Breath Which The Lord Breathed Into Man, and which is in his nostrils while he lives, and is very precarious. And when it is taken away, he dies, and he returneth to his earth; from whence he was taken, and of which he was made; upon which he lived, where he dwelt, and in which he took delight and pleasure, minding earth and earthly things, and which is now all he has; who, though he may have had many large estates and possessions, nay, have ruled over many kingdoms and countries, yet his property of earth is now no more than the length and breadth of a grave; he returns to earth as soon as he dies, becoming a lump of clay; and particularly when he is interred in it, and when by corruption and worms he is turned into it; in that very day his thoughts perish;  in the day, hour, and moment he dies: not that the soul ceases, or ceases to think at death; It Is Immortal, And Dies Not; and, as it exists in a separate state after death, it retains all its powers and faculties, and, among the rest, its power of thinking; which it is capable of exercising, and does, as appears from the case of the souls under The Altar, ( Revelation 6:9 ) . But the meaning is, that at death all the purposes and designs of men are at an end; all their projects and schemes, which they had formed, and were pursuing, now come to nothing; whether to do good to others, or to aggrandize themselves and families; and therefore such mortal creatures are not to be depended upon, since all their promises may fail; nay, even their good designs may be frustrated; see ( Job 17:12).  v5, Happy [is he] that [hath] The God of Jacob for his help  The God of the patriarch Jacob, The Messiah, Who Is That God That Fed him all his life, the Angel That Redeemed him from all evil (The Angel Of Jehovah’s Presence), with Whom in the form of a man he wrestled, when he had power over God, and saw Him Face to Face; The God of The Posterity of Jacob, the Angel of Jehovah’s Presence, Who Went Before them by day and night in the wilderness, and Saved and Carried them all the days of old; The God of Spiritual Jacob, or Israel, The Church of The Chosen, Redeemed, and Called Ones; The God of every Israelite indeed, of Every True Believer, as He was Thomas’s Lord and God: now Happy Is That Man That Has Him (God Through His Son) For His Help, Who Helps His Servant Israel, All His People out of the sad estate of Sin and Misery into which they are brought; helps them to all The Blessings Of Grace, and to all the Supplies Of It In Their Time Of Need; Helps them under all their infirmities, temptations, and afflictions; Helps them in all their way to Heaven, and Against every enemy of their souls; and at last Helps them to Everlasting Glory and Happiness; whose Hope [is] In The Lord His God;   In Immanuel, God With Us, God Manifest In The Flesh; Christ The Hope of Israel, and The Saviour Thereof; Who Is Our Hope, And In All His People The Hope Of Glory; not only The Author and Giver of The Grace of Hope, but The Object, Ground, and Foundation of It (Hope): now Happy is that man whose Hope Alone Is In Him; who Hopes For Salvation, Pardon, Righteousness, and Eternal Life, Through Him, And Him Only; such are Safe and Secure, who, as prisoners of Hope, turn to Him Their Strong Hold; those shall want no good thing (or, be in need of any Good Thing) that Hope and Trust In Him; they have Peace Now Through His Blood And Righteousness, And Shall Be Saved With An Everlasting Salvation; see ( Jeremiah 17:7Jeremiah 17:8 ) .

 

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 35, “Joy Of The Redeemed,” cont’d

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“My Soul Loves Jesus,” Trey McLaughlin and SOZ

“Joy Of The Redeemed,” cont’d, Isaiah 35:5) Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.  6) Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing:  for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.  John 7:38.  7) And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water:  in the habitation of dragons (jackals), where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.  8) And an Highway shall be There, and a Way, And It Shall Be Called The Way Of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over It; but It shall be for those:  the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.  Revelation 21:27.   9) No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up Thereon, it shall not be found There; But The Redeemed Shall Walk There.  Leviticus 26:6.  10) And The Ransomed Of The Lord Shall Return, And Come To Zion With Songs And Everlasting Joy Upon Their Heads:  They Shall Obtain Joy And Gladness, And Sorrow And Sighing Shall Flee Away.  Ephesians 1:7; John 16:22.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v5, 6, eyes … ears … lame … tongue:  This Prophecy Of Healing’s Was Fulfilled In Jesus.  v7, The habitation of jackals Speaks Of The Coming Reversal Of The Devastation That God Had Brought On The Land.  v8, 9, ravenous beast:  Ferocious animals could make traveling dangerous in the ancient world.  v10, The Ransomed:  The Lord Would Come To Ransom Them From Their Tragic Predicaments.

Quest Study Bible – v5-10, “Did This Foretell Jesus?”  Yes, This is another Reference To The Kingdom Of The Messiah, Ushered In By Jesus Christ.  Just as the land will be changed (v. 1), The People Themselves Will Undergo A Glorious Transformation.  v8, “What kind of Highway is this?”  Most roads common to Isaiah’s day were mere trails that left travelers vulnerable to dangers along the way.  But Isaiah describes a highway that is completely safe and available Only To God’s Redeemed People.  It Leads To Jerusalem, God’s Holy City And Symbolizes The Return Of His People To The Place Where He Reigns.  v10, “From where would those who were Ransomed return?”  Although Isaiah doesn’t say, he might be referring to The Return To Jerusalem of those who were in captivity.  Words like Everlasting Joy suggests That Some Future Redemptive Work Of God Is Also In mind—Where People Return To Him From Their Sin.  Zion Represents All The Blessings God Has In Store For His Redeemed People.  Since we live on This Side Of The Cross, We Can See That This Redemption Is Fully Possible Only Through Jesus Christ.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v5-10, When Christ Shall Come To Set Up His Kingdom In The World, Then Wonders, Great Wonders, Shall Be Wrought On Men’s Souls.  By The Word And Spirit Of Christ, the Spiritually blind were enlightened, and those deaf To The Calls Of God were made to Hear Them Readily.  Those unable to do anything Good, By Divine Grace Were Made Active Therein.  Those that knew not how to Speak of God Or To God, had their Lips Opened To Show Forth Praise.  When The Holy Ghost Came Upon The Gentiles That Heard The Word, Then Were The Fountains Of Life Opened.  Most of the earth is still a desert; Neither Means Of Grace, Spiritual Worshipers, Nor Fruits Of Holiness, are to be found in it.  But The Way Of Religion and godliness Shall Be Laid Open.  The Way Of Holiness Is The Way Of God’s Commandment; It Is The Good Old Way.  And The Way To Heaven Is A Plain Way.  Those knowing but little, and unlearned, Shall Be Kept From Missing The Road.  It Shall Be A Safe Way; Nothing Can Do Them Any Real Hurt.  CHRIST, THE WAY TO GOD, SHALL BE CLEARLY MADE KNOWN; AND THE WAY OF A BELIEVER’S DUTY SHALL BE PLAINLY MARKED OUT.  Let us then go forward cheerfully assured That The End Of This Way Shall Be EVERLASTING JOY, AND REST FOR THE SOUL.  Those who by Faith Are Made Citizens Of The Gospel Zion, Rejoice In Christ Jesus; and their sorrows and sighs are made to flee away By Divine Consolations.  Thus These Prophecies Conclude.  Our Joyful Hopes And Prospects Of Eternal Life Should Swallow Up All The Sorrows And All The Joys Of This Present Time.  But of what avail is it to admire The Excellence Of God’s Word, unless we can call Its Precious Promises Our Own?  Do We Love God?  Not only as Our Creator, But Because He Gave His Only Son To Die For Us?  And Are We Walking In The Ways Of Holiness?  Let us try ourselves, by such plain questions, rather than spend time on things that may be curious and amusing, but are unprofitable.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 35, “Joy Of The Redeemed”

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“Holy Is The Lamb,” Trey McLaughlin

“Joy Of The Redeemed,” Isaiah 35:1) The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall Rejoice, and blossom as the rose.  2) It shall blossom abundantly, and Rejoice even with Joy and singing:  the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall See The Glory Of The Lord, And The Excellency Of Our God.  3) Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.  Job 4:3, 4; Hebrews 12:12.  4) Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not:  Behold, Your God Will Come With A Recompence (Vengeance and Retribution); He Will Come And Save You.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, wilderness … desert:  The Spirit Of God Will Make The Earth Fruitful Again (32;15).  v2,  The Glory Of The Lord would be seen in the return of the captives from Babylon (40:5).  v3, Strengthen the feeble hands:  This Phrase is cited in Hebrews 12:12.  v4, Save You:  When The Lord Comes He Will Offer Salvation (see Luke 19:10).

Quest Study Bible – v1-2, “What did blossoms in the desert mean?”  The land once devastated by the enemy would again become vibrant and beautiful, much as a desert busts into life with plants and flowers following a rare rainfall.  Isaiah may have had some of the areas of Judah in mind, when he wrote this, such as the regions to the east.  It is also possible that the metaphor pictured the time of the Jews Returning From Exile.  The Ultimate Fulfillment Will Be When Christ Comes Again.  v4, “When Will God Come?”    Isiah doesn’t pinpoint an exact time, But Whenever God Comes, He’s Involved In Both Vengeance (Judgment) And Salvation.  Again, The Ultimate Fulfillment Of These Words Will Be Realized Only When The Messianic Kingdom Is Established.  God Not Only Saves His People From Physical Enemies, He Delivers Them From Their Greatest Enemy—SIN.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-4, Judea was prosperous in the days of Hezekiah, but The Kingdom Of Christ Is The Great Subject Intended.  Converting Grace Makes The Soul That  Was A Wilderness, To Rejoice With Joy And Singing, And To Blossom Abundantly.  The feeble and faint-hearted are encouraged.  This Is The Design Of The Gospel.  Fear Is Weakening; The More We Strive Against It, The Stronger We Are, Both For Doing And Suffering; And He That Says To Us, Be Strong, Has Laid Help For Us Upon One Who Is Mighty.  Assurance Is Given Of The Approach Of Messiah, To Take Vengeance On The Powers Of Darkness, To Recompense With Abundant Comforts Those That Mourn In Zion; HE WILL COME AND SAVE.  He Will Come Again At The End Of Time, To Punish Those That Have Troubled His People; And To Give Those That Were Troubled Such Rest As Will Be A Full Reward For All Their Troubles.   Amen.