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Psalm 116

June 5, 2009

This is the personal testimony of one who lives in Jerusalem. He tells his story in verses 1-6. He tells of the Lord’s work in verses 7-11. And he tells of his new work in verses 12-19.

The psalmist expresses his love for the Lord because God both heard and answered his cry for mercy. The psalmist has been transformed from despair to hope, from being distraught to being joyful, and from death unto life. He called on God for mercy and God answered giving him a new heart, a new mind, and a new life. He was born again [John 3]. He is a new creature [II Cor. 5:17]. Evidently the psalmist’s life was going downhill fast. It appears he had health problems or financial problems or relationship problems or perhaps all three and possibly more. He was desperate and needed help. In asking the Lord’s mercy God reached down with His grace and mercy to save him.

The psalmist is now at rest and has peace. His turmoil is gone. He has been given life, joy, and a new purpose because he placed his faith in God. Not only was he afflicted but in his affliction he recognized that he was a sinner as were all men. He needed the help of someone more wise and powerful than he. He needed a Savior. God heard and met his need.

The goodness of God causes him to change his focus from himself to the Lord. He commits to telling others of the Lord’s salvation. He commits to continue talking with God. He commits to obeying God. He commits to serving God. He commits to do all this with those who come to worship at the temple and with those throughout Jerusalem. He commits to be a witness of God’s love, goodness, and salvation. He witnesses by giving his Personal Presentation about a Personal God who desires to have a Personal Relationship requiring a Personal Response. He has one single thought and one single purpose and that is to “Praise the Lord”.

What’s your story? What’s your life like? In whom do you trust? Recognize that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. But also know that that all who call on Him and believe will be saved. God treats all of us in the same way as He did this psalmist. God hears our cries for mercy and changes us from despair to hope, from tears to joy, from hate to love, from selfishness to selflessness, from death to life, and from sinners to saints. Praise the Lord!

I can relate to this psalm. What about you?

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