It is a great mercy to be children of godly parents. 5 Yahweh is Gracious and righteous. © 2021 Christianity.com. People who are riding high are seldom good candidates for repentance. The bonds thou hast loosed shall tie me faster unto thee. Psalms 116:1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. ), Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000), Mounce, William D., (ed. It is the contents of the cup that counts. “I was greatly afflicted.”, 11 I said in my haste, Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. 8. and Kahane, Ahuvia, The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 1998), Fohrer, Georg, Hebrew & Aramaic Dictionary of the Old Testament (SCM Press, 2012), Freedman, David Noel (ed. 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. But let all such call upon the Lord to deliver their souls, and they will find him gracious and true to his promise. 9 I will walk before Yahweh in the land of the living. 19 in the courts of Yahweh’s house, Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The writer celebrates the deliverance from extreme perils by which he was favored, and pledges grateful and pious public acknowledgments. Why should we offer that to the Lord which cost us nothing? We cannot in any way profit him. What can the pardoned sinner, or what can those who have been delivered from trouble or distress, render to the Lord for his benefits? 2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. 7 Return to your rest, my soul, But oddly enough, after acknowledging his servitude, the psalmist also acknowledges his God-given freedom. “Yes, our God is merciful”  (Hebrew: raham) (v. 5b). "Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon [him] as long as I live." By birth. In ancient times, after the Passover feast, this psalm would be read immediately following the third cup of wine called “the cup of Salvation.” For them, this represented the image of a redeemed life provided by God. “I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people” (v. 14). Yahweh not only heard the psalmist’s plea for mercy, but also did something to save him. For me, it was getting caught in a rip tide that carried me so far from shore that boats passing between me and the shore didn’t see me. 116:11 "in my alarm" This Qal infinitive construct (BDB 342, KB 339) denotes a state of mental fear, panic (cf. He felt “the cords of death” and “the pains of Sheol” (v. 3). Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. We do not know when the *psalmist wrote Psalm 116. “All men are liars.”. Those of us who have attained a certain age can appreciate the meaning of that gesture. This is Psalm 116: "I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Psalms 116:4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. By redemption. “Return to your rest, my soul, for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you” (v. 7). I didn’t know that I should swim parallel to the shore to get out of the rip tide. The word raham means merciful or compassionate. (10-19). Love is a natural response to being saved. Psalm 116:1–9. John Calvin comments on today’s passage that the distress of the psalmist “was removed from him, because he felt that God was indeed propitious towards him.” Knowing that the Lord has good things for His people and is eager to hear us is an encouragement for us to call out to Him, and His deliverance gives us further reason to love and worship Him. 116:11b). “Praise (Hebrew: hallel) Yah!” (Hebrew: yah) (v. 19b). The thanksgiving offering required the sacrifice of an animal as well as an offering of unleavened cakes and wafers mixed with oil” (Leviticus 7:12). The psalmist is calling on the name of Yahweh as a way of honoring Yahweh for the blessing of salvation that Yahweh has bestowed on him. You have freed me from my chains. But in this verse, the psalmist takes the cup of salvation––drinks deeply from the blessing that Yahweh has bestowed on him––on the renewed life that Yahweh has given him. The psalmist declares his love to the Lord. “Precious in the sight of Yahweh is the death of his saints” (Hebrew: hasiyd) (v. 15). The psalmist is praying for Yahweh’s help in escaping from the peril that so threatens him. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014), Gower, Ralph, The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times (Chicago: Moody Press, 1987), Kidner, Derek, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries: Psalms 73-150, Vol. But the context of this verse suggests something else––something less self-serving. Some of us have experienced the cords of death closing around us. “the pains (Hebrew: mesar) of Sheol got a hold of me” (v. 3b). Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. Lord, thou hast loosed my bonds, thou hast discharged me from them, therefore I am thy servant. Our best is unworthy of his acceptance; yet we ought to devote ourselves and all we have to his service. But disaster shatters pride and enforces reality. The Praise of Israel for Deliverance from Death. Yahweh has heard him and has saved his life. But the person who can still experience tears and falling finds pain an ongoing problem. “and my cries for mercy” (Hebrew: tahanun) (v. 1b). Psalms 116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. The Court of Priests (restricted to priests). Psalm 116 is the only place it appears in the OT. Commentary, Psalm 116:1-9, James K. Mead, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2018. It was a very near thing, so I can appreciate the psalmist’s comment about the cords of death surrounding him. Doing good is sacrifice, with which God is well pleased; and this must accompany giving thanks to his name. While the psalmist believed in Yahweh, he determined that he couldn’t believe in men. He found people to be liars––false witnesses. The old Greek Bible does this. A merciful person is willing to forgive the other person’s misdeeds. 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. I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice: The into thy rest; for Jehovah hath recompensed unto thee. The psalmist can’t repay Yahweh for saving his life, but he can give thanks––and praise Yahweh in a public setting. The word peti means foolish or simpleminded. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006-2009), VanGemeren, Willem A. “We love (God), because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). The psalm was translated into the Greek Septuagint (about 250BC) in Hellenistic Egypt. “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver (Hebrew: malat) my soul” (Hebrew: nepes) (v. 4b). This is one of those passages in Psalms where the writer has enjoyed deliverance from peril by the hand of Jehovah. So the psalmist is describing his anguish at the thought of his impending death. The psalmist may be considering decisions that led him to his woebegone status. A vow is a solemn promise to God, often made as part of a bargain where the petitioner promises a specific action in return for a blessing from God. There is a presence of Aramaisms in the psalm which has been interpreted by a few as evidence of a late date, though this is not definitive. 10 I believed, therefore I said, 31:22). “I found trouble and sorrow” (v. 3c). The word malat is more usually used to mean escape or flee. 13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of Yahweh. Not as … 1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Jehovah guards the simple; I was brought low, and he saved me. This psalm reveals the heart of a passionate man, so we can imagine him pleading passionately for God’s mercy. Not only will he pay his vows to Yahweh, but he will do so “in the presence of all his people”––bearing witness to the faithfulness that Yahweh has shown him. The Deliverance-Experience (Psalms 116:1-9) 2. But none die without notice from Yahweh––because their deaths (and lives) are precious in Yahweh’s sight. 4:13, but the MT is uncertain. The World English Bible is based on the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament. Verse 6b makes this certain. ), The Complete WordStudy Old Testament (Chattanooga; AMG Publishers, 1994), Baker, Warren and Carpenter, Eugene, The Complete WordStudy Dictionary: Old Testament (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2003), Bromiley, Geoffrey (General Editor), The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised, 4 vols. Ps. from the words "and abundant in goodness and truth" onwards. There is a tone of great gladness of heart—perhaps we may detect some exuberance of spirit—in this outpouring. my eyes from tears, In these verses, the psalmist paints a picture of desperation. Is not the affliction amply repaid by the joy of returning strength and the sense of newness of life and power. The people of that time and place thought of names as more than labels. yes, in the presence of all his people. “I will walk before Yahweh in the land of the living” (v. 9). Need help streaming? In the Psalm, he is expressing his gratitude and praise. It means the grave or death (Genesis 37:35; 42:38, etc.). “I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people” (v. 18). Neither ignorance nor guilt will hinder their salvation, when they put their trust in the Lord. Samuel Johnson wrote, “When a man knows he is to be hanged, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”. The word Sheol appears in the Old Testament about 60 times. 3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. He acts to restore those whose lives are broken––not because they are deserving, but because God is compassionate. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), Freedman, David Noel (Ed. Hasiyd means kind, merciful, or pious––i.e., those whose lives manifest their deep faith in Yahweh––those who have determined to allow Yahweh and Yahweh’s law to shape their lives. my voice and my pleas for mercy. “I was brought low, and (Yahweh) saved me” (v. 6b). The pious man evidently remembers both his own deliverance and that of his people as he sings in the language of Ps 116:16, "Thou hast loosed my bonds"; but he rises into sympathy with his nation as he thinks of the courts of the Lord's house and of the glorious city, and pledges himself to sing "in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem." “Because he has turned his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live” (v. 2). "It seems fitting that a service in which Psalm 116 is the sermon text would create the time and space for worshipers to offer testimony to answered prayer and to intercede for those who are still waiting for … Having experienced bountiful blessings at Yahweh’s hands, the psalmist can retreat to a safe place––a place where he not have to fear the enemy’s assaults––a place where he will no longer feel beleaguered. Psalms 116:2. The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words (hast, shineth, etc. 116 I y love the L ord, because he has z heard. Such a vow could be, “Save me, Lord, and I will do (whatever).”. Pride stands in the way of listening to wise counsel. Praise Yah! He may have in mind ropes or nets that he has used to ensnare game. 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. 3  (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2016), Tate, Marvin E., Word Biblical Commentary: Psalms 51-100 (Dallas: Word Books, 1990), Waltner, James H., Believers Church Bible Commentary: Psalms (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 2006), Baker, Warren (ed. “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul.”, “I love Yahweh, because he listens (Hebrew: sama) to my voice” (v. 1a). 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. Many of our wounds are self-inflicted, and that may be how the psalmist sees his problems––self-inflicted. Moreover, whereas the primary focus of Psalm 118 is on victory, Psalm 116 centers on the psalmist's agonizing experience of and rescue from the imprisoning cords of death. Two ways men came to be servants. This would be the Jerusalem temple, which had four courts: Presumably, the psalmist would pay his vows in the Court of Israelites. 18 I will pay my vows to Yahweh, The Court of the Gentiles (open to Gentiles). When the psalmist prays for Yahweh to deliver his soul, he is really asking for Yahweh to save his life. The "rest" of Ps. A cup is a vessel from which one drinks. “You have freed me from my chains” (v. 16b). Psalm 116. Graciousness and mercy (hannun) and just and righteous (saddiq) would seem to be polar opposites. Add to my study list. Pastor Mike Schreib (2017-06-25)Bible Baptist Church International, CAhttp://www.bbcinternational.org The psalmist believed in Yahweh even in the midst of great afflictions. If so, the context of this Psalm is not sickness but treachery (cf. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. “in the courts of Yahweh’s house, in the midst of you, Jerusalem” (v. 19a). Like other psalms of this type (see Psalm 30; 32; 34), Psalm 116 begins by saying that God has rescued the psalmist from trouble (verses 1-2). I was sure I was going to die, because I could see no possibility of rescue. “I said in my haste, ‘All men are liars'” (v. 11). 14 I will pay my vows to Yahweh, Our word hallelujah comes from hallel (praise) and yah (Yahweh or God or the Lord), so it means “praise the Lord.”. The word nepes means soul. Like Psalm 118, Psalm 116 is also a psalm of thanksgiving. (1-9) His desire to be thankful. Some old Bibles make Psalm 116 into 2 psalms: verses 1-9 is the first, verses 10-18 the second. 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. He could have no confidence in them. The psalmist believed in Yahweh, and that gave him confidence to face his adversities. 4 Then I called on the name of Yahweh: In fact, this terrible word, "death," is a thematic word of Psalm 116 that … (Read Psalm 116:1-9) We have many reasons for loving the Lord, but are most affected by his loving-kindness when relieved out of deep distress. “For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling” (v. 8). The psalmist says, “I was brought low, and (Yahweh) saved me.”. Psalms 116 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Jehovah is gracious and just; our God is merciful. Then I called on the name of the LORD: “LORD, save me!” The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The contents might be the blessing of abundance (Psalm 23:5) or consolation (Jeremiah 16:7). The word hannun means gracious or merciful. The word mesar means pain or distress or anguish. It means identifying oneself with the Lord in such a way that one’s own identity is tied together with the Lord’s identity. This verse stands in dramatic contrast to verse 10. The offering had to be eaten the same day. I love the LORD, because He has heardMy voice and my supplications.Because He has inclined His ear to me,Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.a. Psalm 116 Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. 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