Psalm 117



Psalm 117

is the shortest psalm in the Bible


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It takes less than a minute to read.


Think about this:


We always

have time for Psalm 117.



Psalms 117


O Praise the Lord, all ye nations;

Praise him, all ye people.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us:

and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.

Praise ye the Lord.


Who Wrote Psalm 117?


We do not know who wrote Psalm 117.


David wrote most of the Psalms.


David wrote 73 psalms.

Asaph wrote 12 psalms.

Sons of Korah wrote 12 psalms.**

Soloman wrote 2 psalms.

Moses wrote 1 psalm.

Ethan wrote 1 psalm.

Anonymous wrote 49 psalms.


** There is a Youtube singing group called the "Sons of Korah." Don't get them mixed up with the authors of 12 of the psalms in the Bible when you are listening to videos about the psalms on Youtube.




Insights into Psalm 117



As we seek insights from this psalm,

we see that God is teaching each of us

to praise him

for he says,

"Praise him, ALL ye people."



Notice that Psalm 117 says:

For his merciful kindness is great

toward

us!


If you look carefully at this Psalm,

you will easily see

that God is including in the word

"us"

ALL people from ALL nations.


Gentiles and Jews!


This Psalm reminds us:


Of God's love for each of the nations.

Of God's love for each person.

That God's will toward each of us is
for mercy and kindness.

That God's truth doesn't change.



God truth doesn't change:


This is the year 2017,

and

smart men and women do not fall

for the lie

that times are different,

so God's Word must be updated.


More Insights


As we look at the Hebrew words

in this psalm,

we gain greater insights

into what God wants to share with us.


The word "Praise"

is written three times in English in this Psalm.


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O Praise the Lord, all ye nations;

Praise him, all ye people.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us:

and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.

Praise ye the Lord.


____


In Hebrew,

there are two different words used.


The purple words (first and the third time)

are the Hebrew word numbered 01984 in the Strong's

Concordance.


The red word (the second time)

is the word numbered 07623 in the Strong's Concordance.


The Two Purple Words:

The first word translated "praise" and the last word that is

translated "praise" are the same word in Hebrew.


The word is Strong's Hebrew word number 01984.


This word means

"to shine"

or

"to put a spotlight on." 


So as we praise him in Psalm 117,

we are putting a "spotlight" on God

to focus our attention on Him

and

to express our exuberant Joy coming from

our love of Him.


This psalm reminds us that we are

to shine and radiate gratitude

toward the Lord.


This Hebrew word gives us the idea

of giving glory to God and celebrating Him.


The Hebrew word numbered 01984

also contains the idea of

"even looking foolish"

in our praise.


Obviously

God likes enthusiastic praise.


The Red Word:

The red word translated "praise" is defined in English by the words below:


1) to soothe, still, stroke
1a) (Piel) to soothe, still
1b) (Hiphil) stilling
2) to laud, praise, commend
2a1) to laud, praise (God)
2a2) to commend, congratulate
2b) (Hithpael) to boast


Truth


And the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.

Psalm 117:2b


Here in this Psalm,

God is reminding us that

the truth in the Bible is an everlasting truth.

_


God's truth doesn't need updating.

It endures forever!


Inspirational-Prayers
Life Quote:


Truth is what GOD says is Truth

No matter what someone else tells you,

No matter what you believe,

No matter what you feel,

No matter what your experience.


Merciful Kindness


Merciful Kindness

is

Hesed


Psalm 117:2a

in the KJV says:


For his merciful kindness is great toward us


The Hebrew word translated

"Merciful"

and the Hebrew word translated

"Kindness"

are the same Hebrew word.

It is the word "Hesed."



That word has a lot packed into it.

For more on this AMAZING word

please see our page: Psalm 136


Romans 15:11


Interesting Note:


Paul quotes from Psalms 117:1

in the book of Romans.


It is a badge of honor to grow
in the Lord.

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Let's applaud
Spiritual Growth
wherever we find it!



Calling all Song Writers


Some of the people reading this page

have musical talents.

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I challenge some of you musicians out there
to write your own music to this psalm.



Jump to the top of Psalm 117.





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