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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

  • Jeffer Ochoa on Psalms 116
    I was brought down low in confusion and afflictions troubles on every side I didn t know what to do then the Lord in his grace and mercy heard my cry and answered me, he said surly I believe, I am his servant, I belong to him, he heard my voice and I am grateful I will always call upon his Name and Praise him for his loving kindness towards me. Amen
  • Jeffer Ochoa on Psalms 116
    I was brought down low in confusion and afflictions troubles on every side I didn t know what to do then the Lord in his grace and mercy heard my cry and answered me, he said surly I believe, I am his servant, I belong to him, he heard my voice and I am grateful I will always call upon his Name!!
  • Loved and Saved - in Reply on Psalms 116
    Thank you Jeffer for sharing your Heart Commitment to the Lord with us. We indeed do have a very Loving and Compassionate Godhead. Our Abba Father gave His All for us yes His much Loved Son Jesus our Lord and Saviour who is One with Him in Spirit and with The Holy Ghost 1Jn5:7 and Jesus our Good Shepherd also chose to die for us even knowing He would be Seperated from His Father because of our Sin, He could have asked to be rescued but He also Loved us Greatly and knew there was no other way for us to be with the Father and be saved.
  • Sunday Oladimeji on Psalms 116
    God is the greatest deliverer verse 8 .
  • Camille on Psalms 116
    Jehovah hears our prayers and answers them in ways sometimes we don't recognize. He answered Daniels prayers even though it took years to do it. Sometimes Jehovah will say 'No' and we must study to see why this prayer was not answered. Nevertheless, we should always pray because something we asked for may be given.
  • Hazel Carty on Psalms 116
    Good morning saints in Christ it is a blessed and this psalms fits in my prayer Amen
  • Ashita on Psalms 116
    This is my strength. I am and want to be very thankful to you my Lord for your comfort and love in my difficult time and happiness. I can not live without you oh Lord. Thank you for being with me.
  • Doris Forbes on Psalms 116
    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 on Psalms 116
    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 on Psalms 116
    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!


 

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