Psalm 116

1  I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.                                            2 Because he hath incline his ear unto me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live.     3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me:  I found trouble and sorrow.                                                                                                                                 4 Then I called upon the name of the LORD;  O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;  yea, our God is merciful.                                              6 The LORD preserveth the simple:  I was brought low, and he helped me.                             7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul;  for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.               8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from    falling.                                                                                                                                                         9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.                                                                10 I believed, therefore I have spoken:  I was greatly afflicted:                                                    11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.

12 What should I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?                                 13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.                                  14 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.                          15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of all his saints.

16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant;  I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid:  thou hast loosed my bonds.                                                                                                                           17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.                                                                                                                                                      18 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.                           19 In the courts of the LORD’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem.  Praise ye the LORD.

The following commentary is taken from Warren W Wiersbe’s Book ‘BE Exultant’

At a time when the psalmist was “at rest”  (v. 7), unscrupulous men whom he had trusted lied about him (v. 11) and created trouble for him.  In fact, their deception almost cost him his life (vv. 3-4), but he called on the Lord and was saved from death (vv. 1-2).  The psalm is very personal, with “I,” “my,” and “me” used over 30 times….As the psalmist reflected on his life-threatening experience, he discovered several reasons why the Lord God delivers people from danger and death…..

     God Answers His Children’s Prayers (vv. 1-4).  The writer could not trust in himself for deliverance (v. 3), nor could he trust the people around him, some of whom were liars (v. 11), but he knew he could trust in the Lord and call on Him for help (vv. 2, 13, 17)……Only a God as great as Jehovah can hear the voices of millions of His children  who are praying to Him at the same time…..The name of the Lord represents all that God is and does, and to call on His name is to trust Him to work on our behalf……When through no fault of our own we find ourselves in great danger, we can call on the Lord for His help.

     God Is Merciful and Gracious (vv. 5-11).  God’s name represents God’s character, and He is gracious, righteous, compassionate, and powerful. The Lord loved the psalmist and saved him, and the psalmist then loved Him even more. (vv. 1, 5)……

     But the Lord did even more than deliver him from death.  He also “dealt bountifully” with him (v. 7), and some of this “bounty” is described in verses 8-9.  God wiped away his tears, He held him up and prevented him from stumbling…..and He walked with him to protect him from his enemies……In the pressure of danger and pain, we often say things we really do not mean, but the Lord sees our hearts and knows what we really believe.  The psalmist held to his faith even though he said what he did, and the Lord ignored what he said with his lips and responded to what he was saying in his heart…..

     God Holds His Children Precious (vv. 12-15).  After he had been delivered, the psalmist wanted to express his gratitude to the Lord, and he did so in four ways.  First he brought a thank offering to the Lord……Second part of the sacrifice, the priest poured out a portion of the wine on the altar as a symbol of the worshippers’s life poured out to serve the Lord….. Third the priest held back part of the offering for a feast after the sacrifice…….Fourth, following the ceremony and feast, the psalmist began to keep the     promises he had made to the Lord during his time of great suffering and danger (vv. 14, 18).  We must not consider these to be “ holy bribes” given in payment for God’s help, for the psalmist surely knew that God’s will cannot be influenced by man’s gifts……

     God’s Son is precious to the Father and to all believers (1 Peter 2:4-7), and the Father loves us so much that He gave Jesus Christ to die on the cross in our place (Rom. 5:8).  If our Father loves us that much, then He must be concerned not only with how we live but also how and when we die.  For believers, death is not an accident, but an appointment (Ps. 139:16).  

     God Is Faithful to His Covenant (vv. 16-19)……Believers today belong to God’s new covenant family in Christ, but this does not guarantee protection from pain and trials.  However it does mean that God is in control and will work all things for our good and His glory, even our deaths. (Rom. 8:28)……May the Lord help us to end well and to be faithful to Him (2 Tim. 4:6-8).

I think my favorite line in Wiersbe’s commentary is in his discussion of verses 12-15 about God holding His children precious.  “For believers, death is not an accident, but an appointment.”  (Ps 139:16) You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in your book.  Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. (NLT)

I wish everyone a very blessed day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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