Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. as I laid out my case before him. The Lord is merciful. Go read it. I'll pray in the name of God; 14  I'll complete what I promised God I'd do, and I'll do it together with his people. Psalm 116 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15) One of the school exercises used in school is to be given two words and to put them together in a simple sentence. "Sharing Gratitude," John C. Holbert, Patheos , 2011. Hallelujah! v4 Then I prayed to the name of the *LORD. 7  I said to myself, "Relax and rest. * 3 The ropes of death encircled me; The Grave had me in its grip. 116:11b). Psalm 116:15. Oh, those quiet, golden silent days. Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. God has showered you with blessings. 2 He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. 12  What can I give back to God for the blessings he's poured out on me? And the fourth psalm in the “Egyptian Hallel”. 2 He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19-- Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19-- Schuyler Rhodes-- 2009 "I owe you one." 3 The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. 116 I love Jehovah Because he hears* my voice, my pleas for help.+ 2 For he inclines his ear* to me,+ And I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116 1 Psalm 116 1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. "Save my life!" "I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:" “I believed”: Faith in God and His ability … 4:13, but the MT is uncertain. The Lord preserves. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: "Lord, save me!" Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; then I called out to God for help: “Please, God!”. These words came out of my mouth only yesterday as a church member graciously agree 116:10 can be seen in 2 Cor. He listens to me when I pray to him. 116 I y love the Lord, because he has z heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. 3  Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. The walking motif in verse 9 also enhances the journey theme throughout this series of expositions. Psalms scholars tell us that Psalm 116, however, does not follow the “traditional” order of elements in thanksgiving psalms, where we typically hear a narration of the poet’s crisis before … 13  I'll lift high the cup of salvation - a toast to God! Psalm 116 Psalm 116:12-14 "Repaying the Lord for His Goodness" Thanksgiving Day 1999 Introduction Boys and girls, have you ever seen a crocodile at the zoo? “Save my life!”God is gracious—it is he who makes things right,    our most compassionate God.God takes the side of the helpless;    when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me. Get beautiful Bible art delivered to your inbox. 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." All rights reserved. The Message Bible Psalm 116 1 I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. 8  Soul, you've been rescued from death; Eye, you've been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling." your faithful servant: set me free for your service! I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice: The 116 1 I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. Psalm 116:1 1–6 116 I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. and I’ll do it in company with his people, Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the, The Message Deluxe Gift Bible--soft leather-look, amethyst gem, The Message Deluxe Gift Bible, Black/Slate Leather-Look, The Message Large-Print Devotional Bible, hardcover, The Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible (NKJV/ESV/NLT/. At the time, I did not realize just how wonderful that time was. S. Conway . It’s about being saved from death, not about death being a good thing. Soul, you’ve been rescued from death;    Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears;    And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”, 9-11 I’m striding in the presence of God,    alive in the land of the living!I stayed faithful, though bedeviled,    and despite a ton of bad luck,Despite giving up on the human race,    saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.”. I began to be afraid of *Sheol. The LXX translation of Ps. We are indebted to the insights of form criticism for psalms research, mainly because thinking about the typical structure and elements of laments and praises helps us understand their message. And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”, I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to. “Return to your rest, my soul, for Yahweh has dealt … Every time you needed to make a phone call, you had to go to where a phone was. Psalm 116 is not a long Psalm. Psalm 116:1-2. Sign up for the Verse of the Day. 31:22). 2  He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. 18  I'll complete what I promised God I'd do, and I'll do it in company with his people, 19  In the place of worship, in God's house, in Jerusalem, God's city. "It is as good a time as any in the church year to examine what we are now to do this side of the resurrection." The Contemporary Parallel New Testament with KJV, NIV, NKJV, NASB, and more! This fact already makes Psalm 116 an appropriate psalm for Maundy Thursday. ? "Save my life!" 3. Read more Share Copy Show footnotes A service of Faithlife / Logos Bible Software . v2 I will always pray to him, because he hears what I say. Psalm 116. v1 I love the *LORD, because he listens to me. “The soul, transported with gratitude and love, seems, at first, to express her affection without declaring its object, as thinking that all the world must know who is the person intended. 4. as I laid out my case before him. I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice. ***************************************************************************. If you make this selection the basis of your message, it will be tempting to dip into verses 10-19 for homiletical insight. The Lord helps. Indeed, a strong case can be made for the structural coherence of Psalm 116 as a literary unit, 1 but there are also reasons for treating verses 1-9 independently, as the Septuagint did by dividing the poem into two psalms. In the Greek and Latin Bibles, Psalm 116 is divided into two separate psalms. “Save my life!” And it’s not hard to understand the overall meaning. 17  I'm ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of God. Psalm 116:6 In Jewish tradition this became a common saying to explain how some people could do ill-advised things and not suffer for them. 12 What can I give back to GOD for the blessings he's poured out on me? Published by permission. He listened so intently. I. 15  When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love him. Psalm 116 1 I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. 5  God is gracious - it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God. 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. 12-19 What can I give back to God    for the blessings he’s poured out on me?I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God! 3 The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. 2 Because he a inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 2 He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. 116 1  I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. 116 1-6 I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; then I called out to God … I love the Lord — Hebrew, I love, because the Lord hath heard my voice. Was he lying perfectly still in brownish water? 116 1-6 I love God because he listened to me,    listened as I begged for mercy.He listened so intently    as I laid out my case before him.Death stared me in the face,    hell was hard on my heels.Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn;    then I called out to God for help:“Please, God!” I cried out. 10  I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck, 11  Despite giving up on the human race, saying, "They're all liars and cheats." Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 3 Death stared me … If so, the context of this Psalm is not sickness but treachery (cf. 16  Oh, God, here I am, your servant, your faithful servant: set me free for your service! Ps. Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. 13 I'll lift high the cup of salvation--a toast to GOD! I am old enough to remember those days when there was nothing like cell phones. Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. 1-6 I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. Contextual Overview 10 I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck, 11 Despite giving up on the human race, saying, "They're all liars and cheats." Psalm 116 is the 116th psalm of the biblical Book of Psalms. The "rest" of Ps. Psalm 116:1-19: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. The Unity of The Psalm. All Rights Reserved. 6  God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me. © 2020 Christianity.com. 2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me. 2 He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. 116 1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. I’ll pray in the name of God;I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,    and I’ll do it together with his people.When they arrive at the gates of death,    God welcomes those who love him.Oh, God, here I am, your servant,    your faithful servant: set me free for your service!I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice    and pray in the name of God.I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,    and I’ll do it in company with his people,In the place of worship, in God’s house,    in Jerusalem, God’s city.Hallelujah! Ok, now that you’ve read it, you can probably see the whole Psalm is praising God for a life preserved. I will walk before Yahweh in the land of the living. Verses 1-9 appear as Psalm 114 and verses 10-19 as Psalm 115. The Timeless Psalms: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (Easter 3), Joan Stott, prayers and meditations based on lectionary Psalms, 2011. But only God could put the words “precious” and “death” in the same...read more THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS (A Funeral Message) "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." I’ll wait. The Message Bible--soft leather-look, sky blue. 3 Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. Psalm 116:15 The ancient rabbis interpreted this verse to mean that it is hard for God to declare death upon the righteous. Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; then I called out to God for help: “Please, God!” I cried out. 116:11 "in my alarm" This Qal infinitive construct (BDB 342, KB 339) denotes a state of mental fear, panic (cf. The text is one of the precious words of the Bible - one of the instances in which the Bible sheds bright light over the darker facts of life. 4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: "O LORD, save me!" I cried out. 7-8 I said to myself, “Relax and rest. v3 The danger of death was all round me. 9  I'm striding in the presence of God, alive in the land of the living! Up against it, I didn't know which way to turn; 4  then I called out to God for help: "Please, God!" 3 Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. I cried out. Psalm 116 - God helped me when I was at the end of my rope and He showers me with blessings. 1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. God has showered you with blessings. 116 1-6 I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death. Ps. 5 You probably had to look twice to see him. The Divine Estimate Of The Saint's Death . 3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Psalm 116:15. I was sad because (I had) so much trouble. 4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. He listened so intently. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 114 and 115 in a slightly different numbering system. 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. Chapter Overview 1 I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). Psalms 116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. Up against it, I didn't know which way to turn; 4 then I called out to God for help: "Please, God!"