Psalm 116 unfolds as a personal testimony of gratitude and love toward God for His deliverance from a near-death experience. The psalmist opens by declaring his love for God, who listens to his prayers and pleas for mercy. The writer vividly recounts the anguish and despair faced, mentioning the "snares of death" and how the Lord saved him in his time of need. The tone then shifts to deep thankfulness and the question of how to adequately repay God's goodness. The psalmist decides that he will call upon God's name, fulfill his vows, and offer sacrifices of thanksgiving in the presence of God's people. The Psalm concludes with the psalmist recognizing that he is God’s servant and reiterating his commitment to serving the Lord. The central theme is the overwhelming gratitude that comes from experiencing God’s deliverance, urging the faithful to keep their promises to God and to continually worship Him with a thankful heart.

Psalm 116

1  I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

2  Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

3  The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

4  Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

5  Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

6  The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

7  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

8  For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

9  I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

10  I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

11  I said in my haste, All men are liars.

12  What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

13  I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

14  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

16  O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

17  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

18  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,

19  In the courts of the LORD'S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

End of Psalm 116

1 Year Plan:  Oct 7 - Jer 1, Jer 2,  Ps 115, Ps 116 [next day]

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