Psalm 116

Psalm 116

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I Love the Lord

116   I love the LORD, because he has heard
    my voice and my pleas for mercy.
  Because he inclined his ear to me,
    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
  The snares of death encompassed me;
    the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
    I suffered distress and anguish.
  Then I called on the name of the LORD:
    “O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!”
  Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
    our God is merciful.
  The LORD preserves the simple;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.
  Return, O my soul, to your rest;
    for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
  For you have delivered my soul from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling;
  I will walk before the LORD
    in the land of the living.
  I believed, even when I spoke:
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
  I said in my alarm,
    “All mankind are liars.”
  What shall I render to the LORD
    for all his benefits to me?
  I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the LORD,
  I will pay my vows to the LORD
    in the presence of all his people.
  Precious in the sight of the LORD
    is the death of his saints.
  O LORD, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
    You have loosed my bonds.
  I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
    and call on the name of the LORD.
  I will pay my vows to the LORD
    in the presence of all his people,
  in the courts of the house of the LORD,
    in your midst, O Jerusalem.
  Praise the LORD!

(ESV)


Psalm 116 Commentary

by Hank Workman

“Real trouble produces real prayer.”

Charles Spurgeon

It’s a short and to the point prayer given.  God who answers prayers will answer these current being offered.  His faithfulness and love is nothing short of a life rescued from the oppressor or circumstance.  The psalmist opened with a simple grateful love because He has remained faithful in every season and in this now desperate one, He is confident God will have His way.

Let’s throw some amazing perspective on this.  As mentioned earlier, Psalms from 113-118 were sung at Passover.  Jesus would have sung these songs with His disciples on the night of his betrayal and arrest.  As you look at these words of this psalm in particular, it deals with the cords of death entangling and proclaiming a quiet trust.  Even as the psalm closes out it speaks of offering a thank offering and fulfilling vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people.  Just consider what lay ahead for Jesus that night and how He did just that!

In this moment, even though in the Garden he asked for the cup to be removed, He willingly gave of Himself in quiet trust.  As commentator Kidner writes, “It is a resolve to trust God exclusively and worship Him explicitly.”

There is no doubt a richness to this thought but also this simple yet trusting psalm.

Whatever is going on currently in your life, do you trust Him?  Do you believe He has your best interest?  More importantly, do you rest in confidence that no matter how it all plays out, God is in control? As Spurgeon said real trouble produces real prayer, this is true at least from my experience.  When life has taken a different turn; when situations seem out of control; when I’m battling on some issue – these drive me to God in prayer like never before.  He’s using these situations to do just that.  But just as important, to consider He is working in me through the season of desperation.  Our God is in control of whatever is going on.  He desires our love and thankfulness no matter what.  Are you able to do so?


Psalm 116 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

“How can I repay the LORD for all the good He has done for me?  13  I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of Yahweh.”

Psalms 116:12-13 HCSB

What is the cup of Salvation? Psalm 116 is the only place it appears in the OT. In ancient times, after the Passover feast, this psalm would be read immediately following the third cup of wine called “the cup of Salvation.” For them, this represented the image of a redeemed life provided by God. OT theology viewed this phrase differently than how we would interpret it. Today, Jesus has fulfilled God’s plan through the cup of Salvation.

The irony here is that Jesus would have taken Passover with his disciples. They would have read this psalm and drank together the cup of Salvation. Moments later, Jesus would literally drink the sup of Salvation (God’s wrath) in order to atone for our sin.

The psalmist asked a question in verse 12. “How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me?” So, what does the NT have to say about this? What would be a similar verse viewing this from New Covenant?

Romans 12:1 HCSB  Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.

“You have given God all you have when you have given him your weakness, your sin, your emptiness; that is all that is truly yours; and then it is that you render to him that which he asks for, that he may put away your sin, that he may fill your emptiness and glorify himself in your weakness.”

Charles Spurgeon
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