115:1 Not a unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, [and] for thy truth's sake.
(a) Because God promised to deliver them, not for
their sakes, but for his Name, (Isaiah
48:11), therefore they ground their prayer on this promise.
115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, b
Where [is] now their God?
(b) When the wicked see that God does not always
accomplish his promise as they imagined, they think there is no God.
115:3 But our God [is] in the heavens: he hath done
whatsoever he hath c pleased.
(c) No impediments can slow his work, but he uses
even the impediments to serve his will.
115:4 Their idols [are] d
silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
(d) Seeing that neither the matter nor the form
can commend their idols it follows that there is no reason that they should be
They have e hands, but they handle not:
feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
(e) He shows what great vanity it is to ask help
from them who not only have no help in them, but lack sense and reason.
115:8 They that make them are f
like unto them; [so is] every one that trusteth in them.
(f) As much without sense as blocks and stones.
O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he [is] their help and their shield.
(g) For they were appointed by God as instructors
and teachers of faith and religion for others to follow.
115:12 The LORD hath been
mindful of us: he will bless [us]; he h
will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
(h) That is, he will continue his graces toward
Ye [are] blessed of the LORD which i
made heaven and earth.
(i) And therefore still governs and continues all
things in it.
115:16 The k
heaven, [even] the heavens, [are] the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to
the children of men.
(k) And they declare enough his sufficiency so
that the world serves him nothing, but to show his fatherly care toward men.
115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any
that l go down into silence.
(l) Though the dead set forth God's glory, yet
he means here, that they praise him not in his Church and congregation.