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1 I loue the Lord: because hee hath heard my voice, & my supplications.

2 Because hee hath inclined his eare vnto mee: therefore will I call vpon him as long as I liue.

3 The sorrowes of death compassed me, and the paines of hell gate hold vpon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

4 Then called I vpon the Name of the Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee deliuer my soule.

5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous: yea our God is mercifull.

6 The Lord preserueth the simple: I was brought low, and hee helped me.

7 Returne vnto thy rest, O my soule: for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.

8 For thou hast deliuered my soule from death, mine eyes from teares, and my feete from falling.

9 I wil walke before the Lord: in the land of the liuing.

10 I beleeued, therfore haue I spoken: I was greatly afflicted.

11 I said in my haste: All men are lyers.

12 What shall I render vnto the Lord: for all his benefits towards mee?

13 I will take the cup of saluation: and call vpon the Name of the Lord.

14 I will pay my vowes vnto the Lord: now in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in þe sight of the Lord: is the death of his Saints.

16 Oh Lord, truely I am thy seruant, I am thy seruant, and the sonne of thy handmayde: thou hast loosed my bonds.

17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thankes-giuing: and will call vpon the Name of the Lord.

18 I will pay my vowes vnto the Lord: now in the presence of all his people:

19 In the Courts of the Lords house, in the middes of thee, O Ierusalem. Praise ye the Lord.

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Commentary for Psalms 116

The psalmist declares his love to the Lord. (1-9) His desire to be thankful. (10-19)

1-9 We have many reasons for loving the Lord, but are most affected by his loving-kindness when relieved out of deep distress. When a poor sinner is awakened to a sense of his state, and fears that he must soon sink under the just wrath of God, then he finds trouble and sorrow. But let all such call upon the Lord to deliver their souls, and they will find him gracious and true to his promise. Neither ignorance nor guilt will hinder their salvation, when they put their trust in the Lord. Let us all speak of God as we have found him; and have we ever found him otherwise than just and good? It is of his mercies that we are not consumed. Let those who labour and are heavy laden come to him, that they may find rest to their souls; and if at all drawn from their rest, let them haste to return, remembering how bountifully the Lord has dealt with them. We should deem ourselves bound to walk as in his presence. It is a great mercy to be kept from being swallowed up with over-much sorrow. It is a great mercy for God to hold us by the right hand, so that we are not overcome and overthrown by a temptation. But when we enter the heavenly rest, deliverance from sin and sorrow will be complete; we shall behold the glory of the Lord, and walk in his presence with delight we cannot now conceive.

10-19 When troubled, we do best to hold our peace, for we are apt to speak unadvisedly. Yet there may be true faith where there are workings of unbelief; but then faith will prevail; and being humbled for our distrust of God's word, we shall experience his faithfulness to it. What can the pardoned sinner, or what can those who have been delivered from trouble or distress, render to the Lord for his benefits? We cannot in any way profit him. Our best is unworthy of his acceptance; yet we ought to devote ourselves and all we have to his service. I will take the cup of salvation; I will offer the drink-offerings appointed by the law, in token of thankfulness to God, and rejoice in God's goodness to me. I will receive the cup of affliction; that cup, that bitter cup, which is sanctified to the saints, so that to them it is a cup of salvation; it is a means of spiritual health. The cup of consolation; I will receive the benefits God bestows upon me, as from his hand, and taste his love in them, as the portion not only of mine inheritance in the other world, but of my cup in this. Let others serve what masters they will, truly I am thy servant. Two ways men came to be servants. By birth. Lord, I was born in thy house; I am the son of thine handmaid, and therefore thine. It is a great mercy to be children of godly parents. By redemption. Lord, thou hast loosed my bonds, thou hast discharged me from them, therefore I am thy servant. The bonds thou hast loosed shall tie me faster unto thee. Doing good is sacrifice, with which God is well pleased; and this must accompany giving thanks to his name. Why should we offer that to the Lord which cost us nothing? The psalmist will pay his vows now; he will not delay the payment: publicly, not to make a boast, but to show he is not ashamed of God's service, and to invite others to join him. Such are true saints of God, in whose lives and deaths he will be glorified.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 116

  • Hazel Carty
    Good morning saints in Christ it is a blessed and this psalms fits in my prayer Amen
  • Doris Forbes
    How can I thank you Lord for all the things you have done and will do for me? I will offer up thanksgivings to You Lord!!! I will come to you in prayer!!! I will praise you!!!! I will continue to grow in you word!!! I will open my mouth and allow you to speak through me to someone who is lost and can't find their way!!!! I will say YES Lord!!!!
  • Geraldine-Cole
    Wow the mercy of The Lord Jesus is Just Owesome their is No one like Jesus son of The living God and Holy Ghost O he is a. wonderful helper he is our helper he lead and guides Us to the truth What A Blessing it is to Know The Father Son And The Holy Ghost they all are One I am bless to be Saved and filled with The Holy Ghost Amen

  • Pearl shaw
    I love it , it brings me back in my heart what God wants from me. He wants and deserve all of my praise! He will get all of my praise in pleasure and in pain!
  • PETER
    IT IS SO GOOD TO KNOW THAT GOD HEARS MY PRAYERS AND LISTHENS TO ME.HE HAS HEARD MY VOICE
  • Rosamond dayghtrey
    I got out of the verse that God is going to turn it all around every evil deed is being turn in my favor amen

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