Monday 11 May, 2015

Psalm 116

1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” 5 The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. 6 The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, 9 that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. 10 I trusted in the Lord when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”; 11 in my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.” 12 What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. 14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. 16 Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. 17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19 in the courts of the house of the Lord— in your midst, Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.

Here we read the Psalmist writes in his deepest of despair. So much so that death is almost knocking at his door. Yet in the deepest of anguish and sorrow, he knows that he can call upon his God for help and mercy.

His God is the one that can be trusted fully. He is full of compassion, gracious and righteous. He will always turn His ears to the cry for mercy. And God did not disappoint him. He was delivered from death and greatly comforted. God will never forget and abandon his beloved children.

I am reminded of other similar verses in Psalm 91:14–16

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honour him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Father, I thank you that you are the God that can be trusted fully. I can seek refuge in you in times of deepest need and trouble; yes even when the anguish of death is hovering over me. You love me and will never forsake me.   You will deliver me. In Jesus name. Amen.

Written by Shin Liu

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