), The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 5 vol. 10 I believed, therefore I said, The Hebrew word yah is an abbreviated form of Yahweh (the name of God, often translated “the Lord.”) It is found twice in Exodus (15:2; 17:16), once in Isaiah (38:11), and a number of times in the Psalms. 14b (Downers Grove, Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press, 1973), Limburg, James, Westminster Bible Companion: Psalms (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000, Mays, James Luther, Interpretation: Psalms (Louisville: John Knox, 1994), McCann, J. Clinton, Jr., The New Interpreter’s Bible: The Book of Psalms, Vol. They could not have conceived of a soul apart from a body–– or of the soul continuing to live after the body died. The psalmist acknowledges being Yahweh’s servant––one obliged to do Yahweh’s will. 116 I y love the L ord, because he has z heard. Ps. Not much! In these verses, the psalmist paints a picture of desperation. This verse stands in dramatic contrast to verse 10. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, Why should we offer that to the Lord which cost us nothing? The psalmist may be considering decisions that led him to his woebegone status. Lord, I was born in thy house; I am the son of thine handmaid, and therefore thine. “Yahweh preserves the simple” (Hebrew: peti) (v. 6a). Anderson, A.A., The New Century Bible Commentary: Psalms 73-150 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972), Broyles, Craig C., New International Biblical Commentary: Psalms (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999, Brueggemann, Walter, The Message of the Psalms A Theological Commentary (Minneapolis: Augsburg Press, 1984), Clifford, Richard J., Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries: Psalms 73-150 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003), DeClaisse-Walford, Nancy; Jacobson, Rolf A.; Tanner, Beth Laneel, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Book of Psalms (Grand Rapids: Wm. He understands that he has received much from Yahweh, but has nothing equivalent to give in return. The psalmist believed in Yahweh, and that gave him confidence to face his adversities. That’s what the psalmist is determined to do. 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. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006-2009), VanGemeren, Willem A. 7. We cannot in any way profit him. They are also precious because their lives, their faith, and their witness help to move this world toward the ideal that Yahweh wants it to be. “All men are liars.”. “What will I give to Yahweh for all his benefits toward me?” (v. 12). It is a great mercy to be kept from being swallowed up with over-much sorrow. Psalms 116:1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Some die young, and others die old. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. I didn’t know that I should swim parallel to the shore to get out of the rip tide. © 2021 Christianity.com. That is possible, because the psalmist is a voluntary servant, serving Yahweh out of gratitude. Yahweh counts saints as precious, because they are members of his family––loved ones. 3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. 3 (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2016), Tate, Marvin E., Word Biblical Commentary: Psalms 51-100 (Dallas: Word Books, 1990), Waltner, James H., Believers Church Bible Commentary: Psalms (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 2006), Baker, Warren (ed. “We love (God), because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Like Psalm 118, Psalm 116 is also a psalm of thanksgiving. The word malat is more usually used to mean escape or flee. 5. Psalm 116 is without a title in the Hebrew. It served to express thanks for deliverance from peril or other blessings that had been received. I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. (1-9) His desire to be thankful. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014), Gower, Ralph, The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times (Chicago: Moody Press, 1987), Kidner, Derek, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries: Psalms 73-150, Vol. But when we enter the heavenly rest, deliverance from sin and sorrow will be complete; we shall behold the glory of the Lord, and walk in his presence with delight we cannot now conceive. “I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people” (v. 18). The psalmist is giving thanks to Yahweh for saving him from peril (v. 6). What can the pardoned sinner, or what can those who have been delivered from trouble or distress, render to the Lord for his benefits? To turn one’s ear to someone is to position yourself to hear that person as clearly as possible. The psalmist declares his love to the Lord. 3 The cords of death surrounded me, Psalm 116 is the only place it appears in the OT. Ezekiel uses it to describe someone who sins through ignorance (Ezekiel 45:20). But in this verse, the psalmist takes the cup of salvation––drinks deeply from the blessing that Yahweh has bestowed on him––on the renewed life that Yahweh has given him. 1 I love Yahweh, because he listens to my voice, “I will take the cup of salvation” (v. 13a). It is of his mercies that we are not consumed. All Rights Reserved. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. While the psalmist believed in Yahweh, he determined that he couldn’t believe in men. A merciful person is willing to forgive the other person’s misdeeds. I Love the LORD - I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. He could have no confidence in them. I will receive the cup of affliction; that cup, that bitter cup, which is sanctified to the saints, so that to them it is a cup of salvation; it is a means of spiritual health. To call upon the name of the Lord, then, means something more than appealing for relief from a crisis. Let those who labour and are heavy laden come to him, that they may find rest to their souls; and if at all drawn from their rest, let them haste to return, remembering how bountifully the Lord has dealt with them. He can drink the cup of salvation that Yahweh has provided, and “call on the name of Yahweh.”. In ancient times, after the Passover feast, this psalm would be read immediately following the third cup of wine called “the cup of Salvation.” For them, this represented the image of a redeemed life provided by God. The word raham means merciful or compassionate. I found trouble and sorrow. “I found trouble and sorrow” (v. 3c). Unlike Psalm 118, however, Psalm 116 contains no elements of a communal hymn. ), Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006), Renn, Stephen D., Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew and Greek Texts (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 2005), Richards, Lawrence O., Encyclopedia of Bible Words (Zondervan, 1985, 1991), Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob (ed. 1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Love is a natural response to being saved. Psalm 116 . There is a presence of Aramaisms in the psalm which has been interpreted by a few as evidence of a late date, though this is not definitive. 16 Yahweh, truly I am your servant. 12 What will I give to Yahweh for all his benefits toward me? “Praise (Hebrew: hallel) Yah!” (Hebrew: yah) (v. 19b). Furthermore, he can do so in a public setting where his thanksgiving will honor God in the presence of the assembled worshipers. 2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. Psalms 113 and 114 are read before the meal; Psalm 115-118 are read at its conclusion, while drinking the fourth cup of celebratory wine. See comments above. (General Editor), New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis, 5 vol., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997), All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. But most Bible students think that Psalm 116 is just one psalm, all by the same *psalmist. yes, in the presence of all his people. “Precious in the sight of Yahweh is the death of his saints” (Hebrew: hasiyd) (v. 15). ), which the WEB has updated. 4 Then I called on the name of Yahweh: It means the grave or death (Genesis 37:35; 42:38, etc.). 6. The Deliverance-Experience (Psalms 116:1-9) 2. Yahweh has heard him and has saved his life. This is Psalm 116: "I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. My primary regret was the thought of my mother receiving the news of my death. into thy rest; for Jehovah hath recompensed unto thee. The psalmist says, “I was brought low, and (Yahweh) saved me.”. Psalms 116 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Or he might have known a fisherman who fell out of his boat and became entrapped in his own net. Now that Yahweh has saved him, the psalmist promises to do what he had promised as part of his vow. Assuming that האמנתּי and אמרתּי in Psalm 116:11 stand on the same line in point of time, it seems that it must be interpreted I had faith, for I spake (was obliged to speak); but אדבר, separated from האמנתי by כי, is opposed to the colouring relating to the contemporaneous past. A vow is a solemn promise to God, often made as part of a bargain where the petitioner promises a specific action in return for a blessing from God. It was a very near thing, so I can appreciate the psalmist’s comment about the cords of death surrounding him. The contents might be the blessing of abundance (Psalm 23:5) or consolation (Jeremiah 16:7). It is a great mercy to be children of godly parents. “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul.”, “I love Yahweh, because he listens (Hebrew: sama) to my voice” (v. 1a). Graciousness and mercy (hannun) and just and righteous (saddiq) would seem to be polar opposites. For me, it was getting caught in a rip tide that carried me so far from shore that boats passing between me and the shore didn’t see me. 7 Return to your rest, my soul, I was brought low, and he saved me. “The cords of death surrounded me” (v. 3a). “I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people” (v. 14). “He hath inclined his ear” — stooped down, as it were, as you do to a sick person to catch his faintest word. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1979-1988), Brown, Francis; Driver, S.R. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 6 Yahweh preserves the simple. The psalmist believed in Yahweh even in the midst of great afflictions. Psalm 116. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. When the psalmist prays for Yahweh to deliver his soul, he is really asking for Yahweh to save his life. I will take the cup of salvation; I will offer the drink-offerings appointed by the law, in token of thankfulness to God, and rejoice in God's goodness to me. Psalm 116:1. But there is one thing that the psalmist can do. “Yahweh, truly I am your servant. See the comments on verse 14 above. Some saints die as martyrs, and others die in bed. The word peti means foolish or simpleminded. ), Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000), Mounce, William D., (ed. Praise Yah! in the midst of you, Jerusalem. But the context of this verse suggests something else––something less self-serving. 17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, The psalmist’s question is rhetorical. Psalm 116 . Psalms 116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. “the pains (Hebrew: mesar) of Sheol got a hold of me” (v. 3b). Calling on the name of the Lord requires allegiance––commitment––faith. the pains of Sheol got a hold of me. Because thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine … The psalmist describes a three part salvation: From death, tears, or falling. Then I called on the name of the LORD: “LORD, save me!” The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. and my feet from falling. People who are riding high are seldom good candidates for repentance. With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! Posted on Jan 18, 2006 by Beyond Today Editor Estimated reading time: 10 minutes. “in the courts of Yahweh’s house, in the midst of you, Jerusalem” (v. 19a). The proud person is likely to feel “self-made”––and thus feels no obligation to God or man. He prayed and Yahweh heard, so the psalmist will continue to pray in the hope and expectation that the God who heard once will hear him again. 1. I am your servant, the son of your handmaid” (v. 16). The phrase, “the son of your handmaid,” emphasizes both the psalmist’s double and his perpetual servitude. 18 I will pay my vows to Yahweh, “I said in my haste, ‘All men are liars'” (v. 11). CONTENT DISCLAIMER: The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. When a poor sinner is awakened to a sense of his state, and fears that he must soon sink under the just wrath of God, then he finds trouble and sorrow. Presumably the psalmist made such a vow when his life was threatened. Such are true saints of God, in whose lives and deaths he will be glorified. “I was greatly afflicted.”, 11 I said in my haste, “Yahweh is Gracious (Hebrew: hannun) and righteous” (Hebrew: saddiq) (v. 5a). Not only will he pay his vows to Yahweh, but he will do so “in the presence of all his people”––bearing witness to the faithfulness that Yahweh has shown him. 3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon […] The psalmist is calling on the name of Yahweh as a way of honoring Yahweh for the blessing of salvation that Yahweh has bestowed on him. Thanksgiving (Psalms 116:10-19) Redeemed Israel expresseth in this Psalm her love to Jehovah for His gracious deliverances, for answered prayer and for His salvation. “Then I called on the name of Yahweh” (v. 4a). The World English Bible is based on the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament. We have many reasons for loving the Lord, but are most affected by his loving-kindness when relieved out of deep distress. What does he have that Yahweh needs? I tried swimming to shore, but the tide pushed me out faster than I could swim. We should deem ourselves bound to walk as in his presence. It is the contents of the cup that counts. The psalmist is praying for Yahweh’s help in escaping from the peril that so threatens him. I was sure I was going to die, because I could see no possibility of rescue. ), The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, 6 vol. This is a thanksgiving psalm it is not certain whether David penned it upon any particular occasion or upon a general review of the many gracious deliverances God had wrought for him, out of six troubles and seven, which deliverances draw from him many very lively expressions of devotion, love, and gratitude and with similar pious affections our souls should be lifted up to God in singing it. This psalm reveals the heart of a passionate man, so we can imagine him pleading passionately for God’s mercy. “Return to your rest, my soul, for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you” (v. 7). 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