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Devo 4/5
Praise, Thank, Speak.
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Published April 5th, 2018; Updated April 5th, 2018
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Psalms 106:1-3
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Psalms 106:1
ἐξομολογεῖσθε
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Psalms 106:2
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Psalms 106:3
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Psalms 107:1-3
αλληλουια
ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ κυρίῳ
ὅτι χρηστός
ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ
εἰπάτωσαν οἱ λελυτρωμένοι ὑπὸ κυρίου
οὓς ἐλυτρώσατο ἐκ χειρὸς ἐχθροῦ
ἐκ τῶν χωρῶν συνήγαγεν αὐτοὺς ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν καὶ δυσμῶν καὶ βορρᾶ καὶ θαλάσσης
αλληλουια ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ κυρίῳ ὅτι χρηστός ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ
εἰπάτωσαν οἱ λελυτρωμένοι ὑπὸ κυρίου οὓς ἐλυτρώσατο ἐκ χειρὸς ἐχθροῦ
ἐκ τῶν χωρῶν συνήγαγεν αὐτοὺς ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν καὶ δυσμῶν καὶ βορρᾶ καὶ θαλάσσης
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Psalms 107:1-3
αλληλουια
ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ κυρίῳ
ὅτι χρηστός
ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ
εἰπάτωσαν οἱ λελυτρωμένοι ὑπὸ κυρίου
οὓς ἐλυτρώσατο ἐκ χειρὸς ἐχθροῦ
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ἐκ τῶν χωρῶν συνήγαγεν αὐτοὺς
ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν καὶ δυσμῶν καὶ βορρᾶ καὶ θαλάσσης
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Devotional Psalm 106:1-3 LXX (107:1-3 Hebrew/English) Ἁλληλουιά. 1 Ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ κυρίῳ, ὅτι χρηστός, ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ. 2 εἰπάτωσαν οἱ λελυτρωμένοι ὑπὸ Κυρίου, οὓς ἐλυτρώσατο ἐκ χειρὸς ἐχθροῦ. 3 ἐκ τῶν χωρῶν συνήγαγεν αὐτούς, ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν καὶ δυσμῶν καὶ βορρᾶ καὶ θαλάσσης. Alleluia! 1 Give thanks to the Lord for he is kind, for his mercy lasts forever. 2 Let those who have been redeemed by the Lord speak, whom he redeemed from the hand of the enemy. 3 He gathered them from the lands, from east and west and north and sea. Sidenote: The Hebrew word (יָם) translated θάλασσα carries a two meanings: South and sea (see vs. 23). It appears that the double meaning is intended, however, the word play does not carry over into Greek or English. These verses contain three commands: 1.) Praise the Lord! 2.) Give thanks to the Lord! 3.) Speak! I.) Praise the Lord! Αλληλουια is a transliteration of הַֽלְלוּ־יָֽהּ (Hallelujah!). This hallelujah could simply be a designation for the Psalm (LES) or a transliterated liturgical expression (NETS, Brenton). However, I think its better to assume that this term had meaning and functioned as a call to worship that would have been understandable to the hearers, either by explicitly calling the hearers to worship or by inviting them to join with the speaker in his expression of praise (see "Hallelujah" in World Heritage Encyclopedia). Either way, the hearers are drawn in. What has God done to elicit this exclamation of praise? II.) Give thanks to the Lord! The call to worship expands with an imperative calling the hearers to give thanks to the Lord. Our praise to the Lord is to be marked by thanksgiving. We are not to begrudgingly offer words of praise with cold, ungrateful hearts. I can speak for myself that I often find myself in that place, so what reasons do we have for being thankful to God that can stir our hearts to praise Him? First, God is kind. The author grounds our thanks-filled praise to God first in God's nature, not in His actions. Who is God? God is a kind God. Second, God's mercy lasts forever. The author grounds our thanksgiving to God in the eternally enduring nature of his mercy. Who is God? God is merciful toward his people forever. But as embodied souls and ensouled bodies, we starve on mere abstract qualities. So the author gives us a concrete example of God's kindness and mercy. III.) Speak! The author rhetorically calls for a testimony to God's kindness and mercy with a 3rd person imperative; "Let the redeemed of the Lord speak up! Those whom he redeemed from the hand of the enemy! He gathered them from the lands, from the east and west and north and sea!" God has graciously bought his people back and gathered them from the lands where they have been scattered! There are some present who have experienced God's great mercy and kindness and the author calls them to declare what God has done. The rest of the Psalm takes each of the four directions (east, west, north, and sea), and gives examples of God's redemption. Each follows this pattern: 1.) A description of distress. 2.) "Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them from their distress" 3.) A description of deliverance. 4.) "Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!" 5.) A reason for thanksgiving. The Psalm concludes by describing God's way of turning things upside down to raise up the low and needy and to bring down the wicked oppressors and saying "Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord." Application: The greatest distress we have fallen under and the greatest enemy into whose hands we have fallen is the distress of sin of sin and death. God in Christ has responded in kindness and mercy to our cry for help and redeemed us from the hand of the enemy and gathered us from the lands into one people of God who declare his praises to one another and a lost world. 1.) Let us cry out in humility in our trouble and distress, trusting that God will deliver us. We often fall into trouble, either due to our own sin or due to the fallen world we live in (see vs. 4-32). 2.) Let us praise the Lord for past deliverance. We often forget God's past grace quickly after our trouble is past. 3.) Let us give thanks to the Lord for his mercy and kindness.
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