The title of this Psalm 116 is a  “Song of thanksgiving for deliverance from death”. The writer of this Psalm is unknown but most commentators believe it was David who wrote this Psalm. If he did the bible does not record exactly an event that indicates a situation that was difficult to experience. The psalmist recounts how he was in great distress and cried out for help. God heard the cry of his heart and delivered him from death. The Psalmist in Psalm 119:92 says: “Unless your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction “. This Psalm is divided into three parts, in the first part the Psalmist recounts his distress and his cry to God for help, the second part describes God’s deliverance of the psalmist from death, and in the third part, the psalmist expresses his gratitude to God and his vow to praise God forever.  I am so encouraged by how the bible does not try to hide bad events that people suffer. I am certain that most people who read this blog have experienced times of great distress or know of people who have experienced bad situations. Also, it must be pointed out that the psalmist wrote this song after experiencing God’s victory because when you are going through severe adverse situations at times it is difficult to rejoice in the Lord. However, when the situation is over you can see the hand of God in your life, this is truly what I have experienced over my lifetime, I have certainly experienced the goodness of God. Verse 1&2 says: “I love the Lord because He has heard my voice and my supplications (Earnest request) Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore, I will call upon Him as long as I live”.  I am so encouraged by this declaration of the Psalmist, he declared that he loved the Lord. We know that love is not a feeling but is expressed by what we do. This is where ungodly standards and God’s way are poles apart and have very little in common. The god of this world loudly tries to portray love as a feeling or an emotional expression which is wrong. However, when you express your love by what you do your emotions are always impacted. This is what I experienced during the last 10 years of my marriage to Barbara, Go to and download the free booklet “Reflections of a married man” for further details. The Psalmist had a good reason for loving his God when he earnestly cried out to God for help, God answered his cry, the bible does not say exactly what he said because what you are saying is not as important as coming to Him for the answer. Be very careful that the person who you are talking to is God because He is the only one who can help you. The Psalmist also makes a profound statement, “Because He listens to me”. This is a great revelation to come to – God wants me to talk to Him all the time. This is the conclusion the Psalmist came to for he said “Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I Live”. This is why you cannot be halfhearted with your relationship with the Lord, you must continually be ‘All in’ this is the only way I know how to successfully live with Jesus. I believe it is all or nothing and have proved this over my life.


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