You cannot help loving God if he has heard your prayers. The flowers in the garden of believers bloom double. Psalms 116:10-11. The whole Psalm is one of joyous thanksgiving because of God’s mercy to the singer. What a man has done he will do. I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. Psalm 116:5 Parallel Commentaries Whatever we have done for God, we should endeavor to do much more, and to do it much better. Browse Sermons on Psalm 116:16. Happy man who has got right away from everything to his God. The psalmist was delivered by an act of grace, yet it was an act of righteousness, for God is not unrighteous to break his own promise, and he has promised to help his people. He will help us. I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. They were all round me. He has been bountiful. 3 The cords of death. He hath heard my voice and my supplications. Psalms 116:10-11. That is the enjoyable illustration of the grand truth. The LORD preserveth the simple: You clever men take heed of this. I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. “Then called I upon the name of the Lord.” And what was his prayer? Psalms 116:4. "—Psalm 116:1 In the Christian pilgrimage it is well for the most part to be looking forward. The work remains in print today in several editions. He has laid his ear down to my lips. when you have given up all reliance upon the creature, and throw yourself upon the bare arm of the Creator, now you have got at it, man; now you have come to real life. “Then,” says he, “I called.” At the worst extremity he prayed. I did. Then is it free, and not till then. Can you say that, dear friends? Gone is the burning anxiety, gone is the distressing fear, gone are the tears and the pains of agony. Perhaps the devotion which burns low when there is only one brand on the hearth will burn all the better and brighter when we add many blazing brands to it. They have all failed me; some of them could but would not help me, so they were as liars to me; others would but could not, and as I have trusted them, they were as liars to me; but thou, my God, art no liar, thou art the truth itself! Grace and righteousness both guarantee answers to believing prayers, and mercy comes in to make assurance doubly sure: “Yea, our God is merciful.”. “Oh! People say that love is blind, but love to God uses her eyes, and can justify herself: “I love the Lord, because” —. “I am thy servant — thy servant; thou hast loosed my bonds.”. Psalms 116:5-6. Well does David say it twice over. That is to say, as he has dealt so well with me, I will always deal well with him. - F. F. Bruce. Are you speaking them out of your own soul? This is a curious way of rendering anything, yet you know that John Newton’s hymn says, —. The Christian & Politics: Has the Contemporary Church Become Obsessed With Political Solutions? I was like one that did lie under the lion. by Jeff on . For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. You have sometimes been afraid that he would forget it, but has he ever done so? Psalms 116:3. Oh, these blessed personal pronouns, are you laying hold of them as I read them? If you speak as you have found him, you must praise and adore the faithful, immutable, all-sufficient Jehovah, who has made your strength to be as your days even to this very hour. He will continue to call upon him, Psalm 116:2,13,17. This is the way to live; and if we have tried it, we have found it to be so pleasant that we are resolved to continue in it. Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Wonderful combination — gracious and yet righteous. “Our God is merciful.” Sometimes when people cannot read well, they spell the words, and one, I remember, spelt God in this way — “Yea, our God is merciful.” That will do — full of mercy — merciful. it is a blessed thing that the children of God at last catch a habit of devotion. He had been in deep waters of trial and affliction, but had not been suffered to sink. As I read these words, they seem as if they were written for me. Some of us had gracious mothers who brought us to the Lord in earnest prayer long ere we knew anything. the sweet wonders of that cross, where God the Saviour loved and died” — where there was the justice of God to the full, and the mercy of God without bound. Why I Don't Have a Television - John Piper, Why People Find the Bible Difficult - A. W. Tozer, Your Life is Like the Morning Fog - James P. Shelly, A Challenge to Unscriptural Traditions and Practice - Video, Are Seminaries Legitimate? the sweet wonders of that cross, where God the Saviour loved and died” — where there was the justice of God to the full, and the mercy of God without bound. They were hidden away — these double enemies — hidden away beneath my pleasures, beneath my sins, beneath my self-righteousness. There are times of sorrow when she who is the partner of your bosom cannot find you alleviation. Use is second nature, and the holy use to which God has put us by his grace shall be our nature for ever. This should be the one object of our lives if we have been redeemed by Christ, and are his servants. I can never forget, for the scars are in my mind to this day when the pains of hell gat hold upon me. 75 Bible Commentaries - Matthew Henry, Adam Clarke, Pulpit Commentary, etc. Are you speaking them out of your own soul? Psalms 116:17. Reading commentaries has helped me a lot with this. He wrote (cited by C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David [Baker], 5:337), This is my psalm, my chosen psalm. O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. He lives upon God, and he loves God, and now the question comes, “What shall I do for God?” Service is not first. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! “I was brought low, and he helped me.”. “Oh! There, dear hearer, if you want to begin to pray to God, there is a good beginning for you. Psalms 116:9. many of you can say this, I trust, and if you cannot I hope you will before long — “I was brought low, and he helped me.”, Can you say that? Here is a second flower on this stalk. Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.”. My sin had pushed his ear away, but he has brought his head back again, and inclined his ear unto me. He who does not praise the good is not good himself. We have tried the fountain of living waters, why should we go to broken cisterns that can hold no water? What a sweet thing it is when you have studied a general doctrine to be able to give yourself as a particular instance of it. The phrase "God of heaven" is not found in the earlier Scriptures. A Protest - Joseph Agar Beet D.D. Now, if a beggar were to say to us, “If you will help me today, I will beg of you as long as ever I live,” we should not be very thankful to him; but when we say this to God, he is glad, for he wants us to be thus continually calling upon him. In Psalm 16, I believe the emotion that David is expressing is this: Satisfaction with God. Oh! I see it more readily now than I used to. - Hal Licino, Why Modern Liberalism is Contrary to Christianity, Matthew 24 The End of the Holy City - Morrison Lee, Scripture Charts As Relates to the Second Coming, The Beast of Revelation Revealed - Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry, The Destruction of Jerusalem - Proof of Christianity, The Last Days According to Jesus - R. C. Sproul, All the N.T. Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee. They are among his precious things. If there is life, earnestness, heart in your prayer, it is all the better for being short. Consistent with conscious liberty. If so, then make this resolve tonight. Psalms 116:6. He is a good God. Does The Bible Provide an Adequate Answer to Suffering? All you who have plied the trade of mendicants at the mercy-seat must have been so enriched by it in your souls that you are determined to stand there as long as you live.” Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.” This is sound reasoning, for even the emotions of believers, when they are most fervent, are based upon solid reasons. We make a mistake when we begin with that. B. Lightfoot, Consummation of the pre-Messianic Age and the Parousia, Destruction of Jerusalem vs. “My mother,” says he, “was one of thy servants. Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. An eternity of mercies from the Eternal himself. “The pains of hell gat hold upon me.”. I love him because he hath inclined his ear unto me. Do it, beloved, let your hearts now pour themselves out in silence, and afterwards in grateful song before the Lord. Psalms 116:9. 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. 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Hudson, Thirty Questions For Teachers Of Eternal Torment, Universal Restoration Substituted for Eternal Torment - Froom. ", Counterfeit Cross - Bear or Burn: The Fruit of Obedience in the Parables of Christ - updated, Counterfeit Cross - What is a "Carnal Christian"? Closed Tags: Commentary, Psalms, Spurgeon. Can you put that in your diary? Psalms 116:14-16. The flowers in the garden of believers bloom double. Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Wonderful combination — gracious and yet righteous. “Gracious is the Lord and righteous.”. Eternal Torment or Complete Annihilation? 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Psalm 116 is the 116th psalm of the biblical Book of Psalms. Do they seem, dear hearer, as if they were written for you? He must love the Lord when he recollects what poor prayers his were, what great blessings came in answer to them, and how speedily and how often God has heard his prayers, and granted his requests. many of you can say this, I trust, and if you cannot I hope you will before long — “I was brought low, and he helped me.”, Can you say that? “Then called I upon the name of the Lord.” And what was the prayer? This is a continuation of the Paschal Hallel, and therefore must in some measure be interpreted in connection with the coming out of Egypt. I love them all; I love all holy Scripture, which is my consolation and my life. “He hath inclined his ear” — stooped down, as it were, as you do to a sick person to catch his faintest word. “The pains of hell gat hold upon me.”. I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Excerpt from Spurgeon's Introduction to Psalm 119 [Psalm 119] is like the celestial city which lies four-square, and the height and the breadth of it are equal. “I found trouble and sorrow.”, Psalms 116:4. Their Worm Does Not Die: Annihilation and Mark 9:48, Evidence for the Resurrection - William Lane Craig -Text and Audio, The Evidence for Jesus - William Lane Craig - Text and Video. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Psalms 116:7. Oh, these blessed personal pronouns, are you laying hold of them as I read them? Praise ye the LORD. The Great Lie: What about the Immortal soul? Can you put that in your diary? What does it mean to take the Lord's name in vain? The Hebrew Word Nephesh (Soul) - E. W. Bullinger. Prayer to God has always succeeded, why should we not continue it? Prayers that come from the soul are often like arrows shot from the bow — quick, short, sharp; and God hears such prayers as these — “O Lord, I beseech thee deliver my soul.”. The psalmist was delivered by an act of grace, yet it was an act of righteousness, for God is not unrighteous to break his own promise, and he has promised to help his people. Thou knowest that I love thee.” “I love the Lord.” Love is said to be blind, but not love to God. Psalms 116. A complete set of The Treasury of David in book form is available from Pilgrim Publications, PO Box 66, Pasadena, TX 77501. Oh! He seemed to bite and tear me. Psalms 116:2. Psalms 116:18-19. I am the son of thy handmaid.” Oh! Read the Bible through, and you will scarcely find a long prayer. The psalmist was like a poor worm in a ring of fire: “the sorrows of death compassed me.” The sheriff’s officer seemed to hold him in his grip: “the pains of hell got hold upon me.” As for his inner experience, he found nothing there but “trouble and sorrow.” When the town of Mansoul was besieged, every way of escape was closed except the way upwards, and it was so with the psalmist, and therefore he made use of that way. And uncommonly near the truth he came, even though he was in a hurry in saying it, for if you trust in any men they must be liars to you. Charles Spurgeon. Come home to him, for you have no other friend like him in earth or heaven; come back to him, my soul, and rest where you have often rested before. There are pinches where the kindest hand cannot succor. His mercy is everlasting ." We have read this Psalm many times, let us read it now, not regarding it so much as the language of the psalmist uttered thousands of years ago, as our own language at this moment. 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