Psalm 116

Psalm 116 is another psalm that speaks of God’s saving the author.  He plead for mercy and God responded.  And now the author promises to call on God for all his needs.  God acted and saved him.  He’ll do the same for you and me.  “Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live”.  We need to learn to call on God for all our needs, small and large.  He is faithful, He hears us, and He acts on our behalf when we are in relationship and following Him.  The writer was on the verge of death but God came through.

Things were desperate.  Evil was closing in.  Death was coming if God doesn’t show up.  “Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul”!  The prayer was simple.  It was desperate and direct.  The psalmist needs God’s hand upon his situation and God responds.  God is faithful and delivers him.  It’s a beautiful thing.  The Lord loves to care for His people.  The writer is trusting God, seeking refuge in God, and waiting for God.  God never fails.

What should be the result of God’s faithfulness to us?  Our faithfulness to Him.  “I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living”.  Our relationship is a walk with God through life.  He walks with us if we’ll only walk with Him.  The problem is that too often we want to run off and do our own thing our own way and not just walk hand in hand with Him.  We want to run ahead or run off the path and not stay connected with God, that is until we’re in trouble and need to cry out again.  How much better life would go if we’d just faithfully walk with Him as He does us.

The writer asks an important question.  “What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me”?  How do we repay God for His faithfulness?  How can we even the score? What can we give back to God in return for God’s goodness and salvation?  The author gives us a glimpse:

  • I will lift up the cup of salvation
  • I will pay my vows
  • I am your servant
  • I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
  • I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people

We need to walk openly and loudly with the Lord.  His goodness and blessing needs to be shouted loudly in front of all!

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