Saturday, November 24, 2012

Psalm 116,Study 1,Dying to be Saved

Psalm 116,Study 1,Dying to be Saved


Continuing with the "Egyptian Hallel"  Psalm 113 to Psalm 118  are the Psalms of Praise

The author of Psalm 116  is unkonwn but it can be read as the author literally being saved from death

It can also be said to be a prophetic Psalm of Jesus Christ and the shedding of His blood

It can also be seen as "Israel's deliverance from Egypt and the journey to the promised Land which is the land of fruitfulness

Rather than going verse by verse with this Psalm we shall observe the main points

Psalms 113 to psalms 114 were to be sung before the final meal by the Jews

Psalms 115 to 118 would be sung after the blessing

Thus you are to note the verses in the new testament eg:

Matthew 26:26-30

Verse 30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.




 Psalm 116 Is God’s redemption the saving of  his people from death.

Not a literal death here, but an escape from bondage into freedom "as in "

"The people were being saved "!

The entire journey was a journey through a wilderness in which a testing and salvation was taking place

In the ending of this journey the people 'could' enter a land of fruitfulness

Not a literal death "as in the dying of a body of people"

But a bringing out from death to life , ' as a continuation of'

Whereby one day we all meet death of the 'body' after which we meet with eternal life

In this we say "I am seated at Gods right hand" we could also say "I am being seated"

In this ' we have eternal life as "Christ Ins" but we will have



The unknown Psalmist here in Psalm 116 remembers God and sings a Psalm / song and this Psalm he sings is of Gods deliverance from actual physical death

The Psalmist must have come close to death and rejoices that God heard his prayers and delivered him from death so that he might continue ' in this life'

And so this Psalm becomes part of the "Hallel" sung to remember the passover  and deliverance of Gods people and at the last supper this could well have been used as the final blessing  hymn mentioned above

In this "one mans rejoicing of deliverance from actual death becomes a song to commemorate Israel's redemption

 This barren woman called Israel now goes onto the journey to the land of plenty and abundance



Psalm 116:13 is the significant verse here as after the deliverance from death

1. literal salvation from death (as is the author of the Psalm)

2. The  deliverance of Gods chosen from egypt  and the redemption thereof

3. The death of the Lamb Of God

a. This man lifts up the cup of salvation and rejoiced in God’s gift of life.

b. Israel lifts the cup of salvation and rejoiced in God’s gift of life.

c. Christians  now remember the passover Lamb who shed His blood that they might be free and in this they take the bread and the wine in remembrance of the body that was broken for them and the blood that was shed

 In this Christians  have communion with God and with each other


Lets go to the passover in egypt and their deliverance

In Exodus 12:21-24  Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said " kill the passover lamb"

 The people were too sprinkle the blood of the lamb over the lintels and frames of the doors  of the homes and  the sprinkling of the blood offered protection from the destroyer

Notice it states in Exodus 12:23 The Lord will pass through egypt to strike down the egyptians but then it says "will not allow the destroyer to strike or smite 1 Corinthians 10:10 Revelation 7:3

In this we see the all seeing God passing over a land and Jesus as if already crucified taking the punishment to free a land by His blood

Hebrews 11:28  Exodus 12:3 Numbers 9:4



 Now to the Lords supper in  Luke 22:7-23  

Verse 7 was the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.

At this time and at this hour Jesus takes the cup and after taking the cup, he giving thanks

So Jesus and the disciples took bread and drank the cup

Exodus 12:24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

Luke 22:19 "do this in remembrance of me.”  Luke 23:44-46



The author of this Psalm was thankful for life

The chosen of God were to be thankful for the past deliverance

We now can be thankful that by Gods grace and mercy we are saved from death

Matthew 26:30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives