Verse 15. Verse 15. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 86:16). 1036. Psalm 116:15. Their death is precious (jakar); the word of the text is, in pretio fuit, magni estimatum est. Psalms 116:1-19. Proud member 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. Precious [and of great consequence] in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His godly ones [so He watches over them]. The son of thy handmaid — The son of a mother who was devoted, and did devote me to thy service. Precious. The Holy Ghost, Psalms 116:15, states the first; our translators, honest men, have very fairly and truly inferred the second. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the Hebrew … "His saints" suggests associations of endearment, of complacency. Elsewhere Jehovah asserts, "All souls are mine." ASV. On this ground "the righteous are bold as a lion," Proverbs 28:1 . For who would not valiantly, without fainting, take such a death as is precious in God's sight? And so it is with all his saints, who are faithful unto death. 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. "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." Because their experience in death is precious to him. 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. No; many a holy man has slept the sleep of death with the missionary Martyr, in a strange and inhospitable land, or with the missionary Smith, upon the floor of a dungeon, and yet. If any son of violence procure it, he will make him pay very dearly for it. 1868. We are obliged to them. 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! Salem Media Group. W. M. Bunting, in a Sermon at the City Road Chapel, 1836. Separate from God there could be no sanctity. Why need they beforehand be afraid of death, who have the Lord to take such care about it as he doth? The death of the saints is precious in the Lord's sight. Precious in the sight of the Lord [is] the death of his saints.] ‛abdat, a slave. 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. KJ21. 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. Who can say how often he answers prayer, even in the cases of dying believers? 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. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. There is even, too, in the meantime, this consolation; "O Death, where is thy sting?" Psalm 116 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15) One of the school exercises used in school is to be given two words and to put them together in a simple sentence. Let the weakest believer among you be quite sure, be "confident of this very thing," that he will never suffer your great enemy to take advantage of anything in the manner of your death, to do you spiritual harm. Verse 15. 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. His faith (Psalm 116:10): I believed, therefore have I spoken. 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 one thought that fills his whole soul, and in which the song which breathes forth his soul dies away, is Hallelujah. The poet rejoices in and is proud of the fact that he may call himself the servant of God. Not the death of the wicked, nor even the death of the righteous is in itself precious; but. splendid and glorious in the sight of the Lord. This seems to indicate that the song was meant to remind Jewish families of the mercies received by any one of the household, supposing him to have been sore sick and to have been restored to health, for the Lord values the lives of his saints, and often spares them where others perish. 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. Never does he fail to support, even where he does not see good to spare. In the reign of the Emperor Decius, Babylas Bishop of Antioch, full of blessed hope, met death singing these words.). "Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon [him] as long as I live." Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Psalms 116 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. New International Version (NIV) Psalms 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. But he has an especial property in -- and therefore claim upon -- all saints. It is of value or importance in such respects as the following: --. Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. "PRECIOUS IN THE EYES OF THE LORD, IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS" I. (Read Psalm 116:1-9) We have many reasons for loving the Lord, but are most affected by his loving-kindness when relieved out of deep distress. 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." Passively, in regard of God's mind and affection to them; Actively, in regard of their mind and affection to others. 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. Because their persons are precious to him. Psalms 116:15. The root whence that word issueth signifieth mercy (dmx consecravit, benefecit). Clarke's Commentary on the Bible. This sentiment will admit, perhaps, of a third illustration; when the saints are dying, the Lord looks upon them, and is merciful unto them. amata signifies a maid, who is not, as such, also Arab. Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones. (Note: The Apostolic Constitutions (vi. 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 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. William Gouge. Psalms 116:15. Precious. John Jameson, in "Letters; True Fame," etc., 1838. Because of their conformity in death to their Covenant Head; and. But is any death really “precious” in God’s sight? Psalm 116:7) for the third time. 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). Sermons Experimental: on Psalms 116 and 117. Bible Commentary for Psalms 116:15. O Lord , surely I am Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid, You have loosed my bonds. and is sometimes used for substitution, and signifies "for", "instead", or "in the room of", another; see Exodus 4:16. Library. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints, and therefore he did not suffer the Psalmist to die, but delivered his soul from death. Then I called on the name of Yahweh: “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul.” “I love Yahweh, because … Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 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. 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. ROBERT J KNIGHT on Psalms 116:15. How much has the cause of religion been promoted by the patient deaths of Ignatius, and Polycarp, and Latimer, and Ridley, and Huss, and Jerome of Prague, and the hosts of the martyrs! that is, by men. 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. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. 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 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. Read verse in New American Standard Bible I love the LORD, because He has heardMy voice and my supplications.Because He has inclined His ear to me,Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.a. 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. Ah! "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." 563). 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? My dear Brother, "Go thy way, thy child liveth," is still as fresh as ever it was, from the lips of Him that liveth for ever and ever, and rings with a loftier and sweeter sound, even than when it was first heard in the ears and heart of the parent who had brought and laid his sick and dying at the feet of Him who hath the keys of hell and of death. Clarke's Psalms 116:15 Bible Commentary Precious in the sight of the Lord - Many have understood this verse as meaning, "the saints are too precious in the Lord's sight, lightly to give them over to death:" and this, Calmet contends, is the true sense of the text. They are too important in his estimation to be left to accident. Some old Bibles make Psalm 116 into 2 psalms: verses 1-9 is the first, verses 10-18 the second. 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. Present my kindest regards to Miss S -- Tell her to wipe that tear away -- Rosanna needs it not. If we have walked before him in the land of the living, we need not fear to die before him when the hour of our departure is at hand. This title is attributed to men in a double respect; Verse 15. Because it puts an end to their sorrows, and translates them to their rest. 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! The declaration. The calm so wonderful, the consolation so felt, yea, the joy in tribulation so great, have set before your eves a new testimony, heart touching indeed, that, after eighteen hundred years have passed, "the death of his saints" is still precious as ever in the sight of the Lord. But it is equally indefensible, and even ungrateful to God, to make too little of it, to make too little account of a good end, when connected with a good beginning and with a patient continuance in well doing. When fear of death hindereth from any duty, or draweth to any evil, then call to mind this saying, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his favourites." 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). 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. The psalmist declares his love to the Lord. We do not know when the *psalmist wrote Psalm 116. No, on the contrary, he takes all its circumstances under his immediate and especial disposal. (10-19) Verses 1-9 We have many reasons for loving the Lord, but are most affected by his loving-kindness when relieved out of deep distress.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. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. 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. (o) "quos ipse benignitate prosequitur", Junius & Tremellius; so Musculus. Psalms 116:17. It sounds beautiful and poetic. Those who are redeemed with precious blood are so dear to God that even their deaths are precious to him. The Hallels are Psalms 113-118. Saints. All rights reserved. But most Bible students think that Psalm 116 is just one psalm, all by the same *psalmist. 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" Hebrews 13:6 . 30) commend the singing of these and other words of the Psalms at the funerals of those who have departed in the faith (cf. VERY USEFUL for A Wounded Spirit. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Psalms 116:15. Albert Barnes. Its transactions are sometimes as fraught with permanent utility as with present good. The old Greek Bible does this. We are obliged to them. I hope they are all well at L--, and that your young men take the way of the Lord in good part. 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." (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. With אנּה the poet clings to Jahve, with נגדּה־נּא to the congregation, and with בּתוככי to the holy city. 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. Related Commentaries for Psalm 116. 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. As it is the removal of another of the redeemed to glory -- the addition of one more to the happy hosts above; as it is a new triumph of the work of redemption, -- allowing the power and the value of that work; as it often furnishes a more direct proof of the reality of religion than any abstract argument could do. 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. 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. "His saints" may import resemblance -- close resemblance. Again, the death of the saints is precious in the Lord's sight, for in it he often sees the very finest evidences of the work of his own Spirit upon the soul; he sees faith in opposition to sense, leaning upon the promises of God. Nor is this all -- the death of saints is precious, for that is their day of seeing Jesus face to face. First, because he "seeth not as man seeth." From the series: Psalms: The Hymnal Of Israel, Book V (Psalms 107-150) PREVIOUS PAGE | NEXT PAGE Psalm 116 Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms, chapter 116, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. 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 saints" denotes, in the second place, devotedness. Condensed from a Scranton by W. M. Bunting, 1836. Three things David here makes confession of:--I. 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. 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. 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