non nobis domine (Psalm 115:1-18)

Grant Beachy, July 31, 2022
Part of the SUMMER IN THE PSALMS series, preached at a Sunday Morning Worship service

For worship this Sunday, we'll be considering Psalm 115 together. Some of you may recall that Psalm 115.1 was the primary text we used during our dedication of the church building, back in May of 2015. "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory." With that sentiment we dedicated the building to God's glory. I would like to conclude my time as Harvest's pastor with that same prayer.

We are fortunate to have a video from that dedication weekend on the church's Youtube channel. You can watch that here. During the dedication service we actually sang a setting of Psalm 115.1: Non Nobis Domine. That begins at the 2 minute mark of the video. (That setting was taken from the scene following the Battle of Agincourt in Kenneth Branagh's 1989 movie Henry V.)

While we won't be singing Non Nobis Domine during the service on Sunday, the musicians will be playing it at various points instrumentally – a subtle reminder of where we have been and what we continue to aspire to.

Please see our Facebook or YouTube page for a video of the entire worship service.


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Psalm 115 (Listen)

115:1   Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
    for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
  Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
  Our God is in the heavens;
    he does all that he pleases.
  Their idols are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
  They have mouths, but do not speak;
    eyes, but do not see.
  They have ears, but do not hear;
    noses, but do not smell.
  They have hands, but do not feel;
    feet, but do not walk;
    and they do not make a sound in their throat.
  Those who make them become like them;
    so do all who trust in them.
  O Israel, trust in the LORD!
    He is their help and their shield.
10   O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD!
    He is their help and their shield.
11   You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!
    He is their help and their shield.
12   The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us;
    he will bless the house of Israel;
    he will bless the house of Aaron;
13   he will bless those who fear the LORD,
    both the small and the great.
14   May the LORD give you increase,
    you and your children!
15   May you be blessed by the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth!
16   The heavens are the LORD’s heavens,
    but the earth he has given to the children of man.
17   The dead do not praise the LORD,
    nor do any who go down into silence.
18   But we will bless the LORD
    from this time forth and forevermore.
  Praise the LORD!


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