Look again, at verse 12 in Psalm 116 ---> "What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?" "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:" (Colossians 1:12, KJV). 2 He listens to me. This page is part of an ongoing series of lessons taken from the psalms. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 116. What does it mean? Many of the Psalms have titles which either tell the occasion when the Psalm was written or the purpose of the Psalm. I. This is a more general statement of God's bountiful providential dealings toward us. It is clear from this, the writer knew prayer as a benefit from God. The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. One instance of each kind is found in Psalm 116, and both deserve thoughtful reflection. 4 0 obj Verse 5 - He "foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ." Listen to this appeal, made in the 95th Psalm: "Oh, come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before Jehovah our Maker: For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand ...," (vss.6,7a). Sin has nothing to offer me. For he has placed his trust in God 2. 4:4 -- "Stand in awe, and sin not; commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still." Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. As we enumerate those blessings and as we enjoy good things from God, we must personally deal with the matter of how we will respond. Fourth, notice in verse 7 -- "Return unto thy rest, O my soul; For Jehovah hath dealt bountifully with thee." This is Psalm 116: "I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. SERVICE. The psalmist doesn’t spell out the nature of the peril except that it was extreme. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. Psalm 116 . Psalm 116 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This is a psalm of individual thanksgiving. And one answer is OBEDIENT SERVICE. If any son of violence procure it, he will make him pay very dearly for it. 3 s The sea looked and fled; t Jordan turned back. (Colossians 4:2, KJV). How are we responding to God, for all His benefits toward us? An introductory plea... a. So there are people abusing their bodies; neglecting their bodies. Worship, of course, is a form of praise but is considered separately. Psalms Outline. You certainly are not doing both at the same time. My goal in this series is to help us learn how to better appreciate and praise God as that is what much of the psalms involve. 3 0 obj For God to preserve him b. A song of gratitude “With what will I repay Jehovah?” (12) “I will take up the cup of salvation” (13) “I will pay my vows to Jehovah” (14, 18) Costly is the death of loyal ones (15) Psalm 116:1. I'll do whatever I want with my body." In Rev. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. Oh worship Jehovah in holy array ...," (vss. (See also, Acts 17:25; Jas. (V1) He says he loves the Lord because He heard him when he made his supplications know to the Lord. 3. The more acquainted we are with God, the more inclined we are to praise Him; to express our convictions of His worth. 5:4,5). When we consider who God is we should be prompted to love Him; to praise Him and worship Him, but also, there is FEAR. Now, this is not about God forcing us to love Him; this is about God giving us reason to love Him by His majesty bounty toward us, attending by amazing grace. stream Offenbar betrifft dieses Gelübde das beschriebene Dankopfer selbst.. Aufteilung in der Septuaginta. You know, there is another statement, much like this - where God causes us to love Him; He does something, and what He does and who He is motivates us or causes us to love Him. A true believer will love the Lord. I love the L ord, because he has heard . While there is much here to digest, let's focus on a question raised in verse 12. my voice and my supplications. The old Greek Bible does this. So the law was - if you decided to make a vow, you were bound to pay or keep it. THE LORD IS HIS LORD (1-4) 1. ��Z�R�V�B-a. The right attitude is reflected in this famous statement: "I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service." Psalm 116 is a prayer of thanksgiving. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the LORD'S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Inhalt. The psalm was translated into the Greek Septuagint (about 250BC) in Hellenistic Egypt.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. I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: I said in my haste, All men are liars. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: "The word comes from the Latin PRETIUM, 'price,' or 'value,' and may be defined generally as an ascription of value or worth ... true praise consists in a sincere acknowledgment of a real conviction of worth." Praise ye the LORD." PSALM 116 * Thanksgiving to God Who Saves from Death I. What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? The word is "simplehearted" in the New International Version. OUTLINE I. 3 The danger of death was all round me; the horrors of the grave closed in on me; I was filled with fear and anxiety. And, in view of all His benefits to us, how can we claim to be too tired, or too busy to worship Him, as He has directed? Psalm 116:15: Precious Deaths: Charles Haddon Spurgeon : Psalm 116:15: The Death of God's Saints: D. Fraser, D.D. The psalmist explains that he is thankful to the Lord because God heard his sincere cry of help. Commentary, Psalm 116 (Easter3A), James Limburg, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2011. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. " Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. We should praise Him. Psalm 116:15. 5 What v ails you, O sea, that you flee? The psalmist is giving thanks to Yahweh for saving him from peril (v. 6). All through this passage; all through Ephesians; and all through the New Testament we see the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ as something we need and something we can have! So it says in verse 16 -- "O Jehovah, truly I am thy servant: I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid ..." In gratitude for what God has done for us - there should be this interests in obedient service. Tremble at the Presence of the Lord. Some believe this Psalm was written by David; others argue in favor of King Hezekiah as the writer. HIS REFUGE IN LIFE (16:1-8) A. Personal love fostered by a personal experience of redemption is the theme of this Psalm, and in it we see the redeemed answered when they pray, preserved in time of trouble, resting in their God, walking at large, sensible of their obligations, conscious that they are not their own but bought with a price, and joining with all the ransomed company to sing hallelujahs unto God. 2 0 obj This is written as CAUSE and EFFECT. "I love Jehovah, because he heareth my voice and my supplications." Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. It means that every good commitment we've made to God, we must keep; TAKE IT SERIOUSLY! In the Psalm, he is expressing his gratitude and praise. Like Psalm 118, Psalm 116 is also a psalm of thanksgiving. We ought to respond to God's goodness; it is imperative to listen to Him and obey Him and trust His Son who died for us. The Hallels are Psalms 113-118. 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. The Four Cups of wine used in the Seder symbolize four distinct promises made by God as told in Exodus 6:6-7. . PRAISE. -- We can never repay Him fully ... but there is the imposing reality of God's goodness toward us.... -- What should we render unto Him? FEAR. Man in a state of blessedness, fall, and recovery (Man in View) Psalm 1: Perfect Man (last Adam) Psalm 2: Rebellious man. No human being can escape service of some sort, either you are serving God or you're serving sin. In the first chapter of Ephesians, we are impressed by how great a gift this is. I would like to identify EIGHT THINGS we should render unto God ... -- Remember, this is about responding to the goodness of God. Using their bodies to fulfill unholy purposes because "it feels good." He used it to assure believers that we will live again too. The Revised Standard Version renders the first line, “I kept my faith, even when I said . There is the benefit of salvation; notice this in the last part of verse 6 -- the writer says, "I was brought low, and he saved me.". How have we responded. The death of a saint (born again Christian) is precious because of: 1. Even if you interpret "the simple" to mean those who are gullible and immature, God cares for them. Now - let these thoughts, in Psalms 116, lead us further into a study of God's benefits and there are two broad categories: PHYSICAL BENEFITS. This is about true covenant fidelity - based on love, respect and fear. Psalm 116 is without a title in the Hebrew. Psalm 116 - "Gratitude to Yahweh for the Blessings of His Salvation" Psalm 117 - "A Universal Call to Praise Yahweh" Psalm 118 - "Festal Praise to Yahweh En Route to and Within the Temple" In the religious world today the word "praise" has become popular. THE BELIEVER'S STATEMENT OF FAITH. But we can apply & echo the same confession; we were brought low by our practice of sin - then, when we responded to the Good News, Jehovah saved us. (2) Learning of our sin, as we do in passages like Romans 1-3. He not only knew He was facing death, but He also knew He would live again. <> Psa. "For Christians who read Psalm 116 on Maundy Thursday the psalm's celebration of deliverance from death takes on a unique character." 5:3). Sermons From the Psalms. All right, when I consider all the vast blessings of God, both physical and spiritual - IT OUGHT TO BE OBVIOUS TO ME, I SHOULD BE SERVING HIM. (see Luke 17:10). endobj "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." This is one of those passages in Psalms where the writer has enjoyed deliverance from peril by the hand of Jehovah. OUTLINE: (Corresponds to Pentateuch of Moses) I. Genesis section, Psalms 1—41. Psalm 116:15: The Death of Good Men Dear to God: D. Johnston, D.D. Psalm 116 Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness . Psalm 116:15: The Death of His Saints Precious to God: J. S. Maver, M. A. Psalm 116:15: The Death of the Righteous Precious in the Sight of God: H. Melvill, B.D. I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. We should worship Him. Here is a man who knew what it really meant to be saved; to be delivered from peril by the hand of God. In Revelation 14 there is the admonition to worship God and give Him glory (verse 7). We should love Him. endobj 4:19 - where the apostle John said, "We love, because He first loved us." %PDF-1.5 In verse 14 -- "I will pay my vows unto Jehovah." Psalm 116:15 Psalm 116:15. Verse 8 - wisdom and prudence. Some old Bibles make Psalm 116 into 2 psalms: verses 1-9 is the first, verses 10-18 the second. GRATITUDE. Verses 12-14 . The fact that the “nations” and “people” (literally, “peoples”), are addressed Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee. Precious, &c., is the death of his saints — He sets a high price upon it: he will not easily grant it to the will of their enemies. Now notice - in our text, in Psalms 116, THESE STATEMENTS. I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. But, in our response to God's goodness, whatever we do, we never repay Him equally or in full! As we learn of God's goodness and our imperfection, we become more and more aware that we are imperfect responders to a perfect God. A. Psalm 116 is part of the last section of the Hallel (Psalm 115 – 118) that would be sung after the fourth and final cup of wine had been drunk. This is relevant for us, in this dispensation. Through knowledge and experience, he knew God had heard his voice and had considered his supplications. As we meditate on all the good things we have from God -- our hearts should swell in gratitude; so verse 17 says: "I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving..."  The NT epistle to the Colossians is a rather brief document -- but it contains five different references to gratitude: "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you," (Colossians 1:3, KJV). Language. (1) The NIV reads, “I believed; therefore I said, ‘I am greatly afflicted.’ And in my dismay I said, ‘All men are liars’”(116:10-11). "I love Jehovah, because he heareth my voice and my supplications... We love, because He first loved us..." God has so manifested Himself to us, and so loved us and provided for us, there is every reason for me to love Him, and to love Him fully. But most Bible students think that Psalm 116 is just one psalm, all by the same *psalmist. 12:28 -- "Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God with reverence and awe." (Psalms 116:1-19, KJV). Many times, these creeds are used during the services of formal churches. The psalm draws heavily from other psalms so much so that Hupfeld called it a `patched-up psalm'. We Baptists have always been a people who did not have a creed! Jesus Christ - the salvation which is now available in Him - is the greatest benefit God has ever given to man; the supreme example of God's love for man, and His determination that sinners must have a way to be saved. 116:1-4. Then in verse 7, God's bountiful dealings with the soul of man. (See also, Eccl. We have to bear in mind, we are imperfect responders to a perfect Giver! There is an early example of this, in Genesis 9:3 when Noah and his family came out of the ark, God said: "Every moving thing that liveth shall be food for you." LOVE. For the New Testament is about heaven's grace manifested in Christ, and man's response. IV, p.#2429). The psalm ends with a statement of confidence in the Lord's future provision and the blessings in His presence (9-11). Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. We should fear Him. Psalm 4: Conflict between Seed of woman and serpent. Psa. 2:17 -- "Fear God." Here he expresses his praise and gratitude to God. 1 I love the LORD, who listened. Either I am serving God, or I am serving sin. Therefore, when we breathe, eat, relax, drink water and enjoy things here on earth, we ought to acknowledge God as the origin of it all. 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