Psalm 116 Commentary

Psalm 116 Commentary

When the cords of death entangle him, the psalmist cried out, “LORD, save me.” And the LORD heard his prayer. To love the LORD as a response to God’s generosity is a natural reaction. The saved always respond by loving the savior.

Return to your rest, O my soul. And why not? The LORD has been good to me. This is all fine until you read the next line.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. Verse 15. What is the psalmist talking about?

He is probably balancing his thoughts for us. On one end is an ecstatic man because the LORD has saved him from death. On the other end is the same man in contemplative and submissive contentment in the fact that the death of the righteous is precious in the sight of the LORD.

The fear of death should be balanced by the joy of knowing that the death of the righteous is precious before the LORD.

“Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did.” And the following: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” Timothy 1 verse 5.

Godly mothers can leave behind an all-important inheritance to their sons – their faith in the LORD Jesus Christ. A morally low and drunken generation of mothers can only produce its likeness. This definitely poses a huge challenge to believing mothers to not only up their game but also to defend the cause of righteousness.

What will the psalmist give back to the LORD for the blessings He has poured on him? Love? Yes. That is his first reaction as we saw in verse 1. He will also lift up his cup of salvation. It is time for cheers amongst the saints. Let’s rejoice in the salvation that we all gladly cherish.

Then the psalmist remembers that by His goodness, the LORD has fulfilled the conditions of the Abrahamic contract. It is now his turn to look at the contract and execute his part.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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