These are the notes from today’s message at church (4-7-13). I was so blessed by the study of this psalm. In the weeks after Easter it is important to remember that the Gospel hasn’t lost its power now that the pinnacle of our faith calendar has passed…. The Gospel has more power than ever because we celebrate Easter every day. Praise The Lord!!
The overall message of Psalm 116 is that GOD IS GOOD.
During the Passover people went into the Temple and shared with others the goodness of God in their lives (like an open-mic).
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” (Exodus 2:23)
It can overwhelm and feel as though it will wash over and sink the very vessel of my life. Yet, all I have to do is cry out “Lord, save me!” (Verse 4)
The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. I trusted in the Lord when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”; in my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.”
That sense of when there is no way out of an awful situation and then Someone extends a hand and says, “Come with Me if you want to live.” (See verse 7), (Jeremiah 17:9) Jesus performs the ultimate “heart surgery.”
What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord—in your midst, Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.
How can I thank God for all of His amazing grace? All I can do is bring a “thank offering” to God and pour out a drink offering to God, praising God for all He has done. For bringing blessing and for bringing rest. Rest for my soul, rest for my body, rest for my spirit. Resting in the amazing arms of a God who is wild about me.
Truly, praise God.