A look at Psalm 116

Tis a good Psalm, the following one. See the full Psalm in the previous post.

This is a good one for feeling blasé or a bit sorry for yourself about anything.

1 I love the Lord because He has heard
my appeal for mercy.a

It’s funny, because that’s exactly it. I don’t love the Lord because I am holy or wise or diligent or anything. I only love God because he loved me first. (1 John 4:19)

7 Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.i
8 For You, Lord, rescued me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.j
9 I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.k
10 I believed, even when I said,
“I am severely afflicted.”l
11 In my alarm I said,
“Everyone is a liar.”m

Be at rest, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you! Fact. Good to know I am not the only one who has to self-talk that fact to a restless soul with some slight attention deficiency. It’s a common flaw amongst earth-dwellers that we are quick to forget how good God has been to us in the past. (See Nehemiah 9, particularly 27-28.) Though verse 8 says the Lord has rescued ‘my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling’, it is not as though you never cry or stumble any more. The point is that you can believe God has been good to you and will continue to be good to you even when you are afflicted, as verse 10 shows. Thankfully, I have a wonderful friend who gave me a calendar to record some of God’s faithfulness for each day. Then I started realizing that I not only never had trouble identifying how God was faithful all the time (in different ways) but did have trouble narrowing the pickings to just one thing a day.

12 How can I repay the Lord
for all the good He has done for me?n
13 I will take the cup of salvation 
and call on the name of Yahweh.o
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord 
in the presence of all His people.p

17 I will offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving 
and call on the name of Yahweh.s
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord 
in the presence of all His people,t 

If I can keep myself from comparing my situation to other people’s long enough, I can without fail see more of how God’s good plans unravel from things that are not so ideal. Not that it’s an ashes to bashes (party bashes?) story, but it’s possible to peg it at ashes to flashes – flashes of clarity that the important thing is to take the cup of salvation in thanksgiving, to call gladly on the name of God in prayer, and to do for the Lord what I say I will try, resting in his grace.

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2 thoughts on “A look at Psalm 116

  1. Pingback: Psalm 116 « R::OOM

  2. I love the auto-concordance! Blueletterbible wasn’t the most user friendly option. Oh and I like the new look :)

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