Psalms 116:12. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. An unexpected find. There are pinches where the kindest hand cannot succor. Psalms 116:1. . The most canonical hour for prayer is the time of our greatest distress. You have sometimes been afraid that he would forget it, but has he ever done so? If so, then make this resolve tonight. A great restfulness has healed all of his troubles; and he recognizes the source of it all in the words of the second clause, Jehovah had dealt bountifully with him. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 114 and 115 in a slightly different numbering system. Emphatically avowed. There, dear hearer, if you want to begin to pray to God, there is a good beginning for you. That question contains the essence of true religion. Then is it free, and not till then. As I read these words, they seem as if they were written for me. A Protest - Joseph Agar Beet D.D. Can you imagine a better reason for love? Closed Tags: Commentary, Psalms, Spurgeon. SUBJECT. “Oh! That is a vow which we may well make, and hope for grace to keep it. Spurgeon Sermon - YouTube “Gracious is the Lord and righteous.”. “Because.” He harps on that string. He had known fierce assaults of sin that threatened tearful eyes and falling, stumbling stops, but God had upheld and strengthened. Have you undergone this trinity of salvation — your soul from death, your eyes from tears, your feet from falling? - Oscar Cullmann, Immortality of the Soul - by Kaufmann Kohler, Technical Terms and Usages Preclude Innate Immortality - Froom, The Development of the Doctrine of Immortality from the Apostolic Fathers to Augustine, The Doctrine of Immortality in the Early Church. (c) He shows forth the fruit of his love in calling on him, confessing him to be just and merciful and to help them who are destitute of aid and counsel. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Oh! Do it, beloved, let your hearts now pour themselves out in silence, and afterwards in grateful song before the Lord. "—Psalm 116:15 Psalms 116:16. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. - Hal Licino, Why Modern Liberalism is Contrary to Christianity, Matthew 24 The End of the Holy City - Morrison Lee, Scripture Charts As Relates to the Second Coming, The Beast of Revelation Revealed - Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry, The Destruction of Jerusalem - Proof of Christianity, The Last Days According to Jesus - R. C. Sproul, All the N.T. Honestly rendered-"truly." If you speak as you have found him, you must praise and adore the faithful, immutable, all-sufficient Jehovah, who has made your strength to be as your days even to this very hour. There are pinches where the kindest hand cannot succor. He lives upon God, and he loves God, and now the question comes, “What shall I do for God?” Service is not first. A good reason for love will be found in the closet where prayer is answered. I see it more readily now than I used to. He did not have to search for a form of prayer, his words were such as came naturally to his mind; and that is the best sort of prayer which arises out of the heart’s sincere desire. “Thou hast loosed my bonds.” There is no freedom except in perfect subjection to the will of God. It is a blessed thing to be able to be God’s every way — to feel in looking back, “I am not only his by redemption and by the new birth, but I seem as if I was bound to be his by a long ancestry of men and women, whom his sovereign grace called to himself.” Grace does not run in the blood, but it is a great mercy when it runs side by side with it; and when the handmaiden of the Lord is mother of a man who is a child of God as well as her child. Charles Haddon Spurgeon February 18, 1872 Scripture: Psalms 116:15 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 18 Precious Deaths "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalms 116:9. Have you undergone this trinity of salvation — your soul from death, your eyes from tears, your feet from falling? It means that, as we have succeeded so well in begging at God’s door, we will keep on begging of him as long as we live. 4 … Psalms 116:14-16. And uncommonly near the truth he came, even though he was in a hurry in saying it, for if you trust in any men they must be liars to you. The best style of living is walking before God, so living in his sight as to be indifferent to the opinions and judgments of our fellow men and only caring to know that God is looking upon us with approval. What a sweet thing it is when you have studied a general doctrine to be able to give yourself as a particular instance of it. He did not have to search for a form of prayer, his words were such as came naturally to his mind; and that is the best sort of prayer which arises out of the heart’s sincere desire. There, dear hearer, if you want to begin to pray to God, there is a good beginning for you. The Hebrew Word Nephesh (Soul) - E. W. Bullinger. I found trouble and sorrow. Psalms 116:9. 17Mar14. They were hidden away — these double enemies — hidden away beneath my pleasures, beneath my sins, beneath my self-righteousness. I can never forget, for the scars are in my mind to this day when the pains of hell gat hold upon me. I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: I said in my haste, All men are liars. Have you tried him? The LORD preserveth the simple: Those that have such a deal of wit may take care of themselves, but “the Lord preserveth the simple,” the straightforward, the plain-minded — those who believe his word without raising questions. Use is second nature, and the holy use to which God has put us by his grace shall be our nature for ever. He has caught my wandering utterances. The Christian & Politics: Has the Contemporary Church Become Obsessed With Political Solutions? “The Lord preserveth the simple.” That is a grand truth. He has caught my wandering utterances. Examine Yourselves as to Whether You Are in the Faith - updated, The Christian's Craving for God's Word - MacArthur, Sproul, Piper, Washer, Chan. The most canonical hour for prayer is the time of our greatest distress. Surely there is not a man, whose prayers have been answered, who does not love God. Often the end of yourself is the beginning of your God. the sweet wonders of that cross, where God the Saviour loved and died” — where there was the justice of God to the full, and the mercy of God without bound. There are times of sorrow when she who is the partner of your bosom cannot find you alleviation. “The pains of hell gat hold upon me.” Did you ever know that? Psalms 116:6. They have all failed me; some of them could but would not help me, so they were as liars to me; others would but could not, and as I have trusted them, they were as liars to me; but thou, my God, art no liar, thou art the truth itself! What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? B. Lightfoot, Consummation of the pre-Messianic Age and the Parousia, Destruction of Jerusalem vs. If so, then make this resolve tonight. As I read these words, they seem as if they were written for me. Many superficial readers have imagined that it harps upon one string and abounds in pious repetitions and redundancies. Because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Death wrapped its ropes around me; the terrors of the grave overtook me. 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I ask those of you who have had a very long and varied experience to look back, and tell me whether you can recollect even once when your God has broken his promise. Psalms 116:10-11. The brooks of the earth are dry in summer, and frozen in winter. Psalms 116:4. Yea, our God is merciful. There is no freedom of the will till grace has bound the will in fetters of divine affection. Come back. Grace and righteousness both guarantee answers to believing prayers, and mercy comes in to make assurance doubly sure: “Yea, our God is merciful.”. “Because.” He harps on that string. Psalms 116:17. Then called I upon the name of the LORD. I hope that you and I can say the same. That is the enjoyable illustration of the grand truth. Then called I upon the name of the LORD O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Praise ye the LORD. He must love the Lord when he recollects what poor prayers his were, what great blessings came in answer to them, and how speedily and how often God has heard his prayers, and granted his requests. I suppose the psalmist meant that, because Jehovah had heard him, therefore he would never call upon any false god; but, as long as he lived, he would resort to the one living and true God. What Is The Evidence For/Against The Existence Of God? The brooks of the earth are dry in summer, and frozen in winter. When it is all over with you, still pray. Study to show thyself approved . An unexpected find. He shall be everything to me. A complete set of The Treasury of David in book form is available from Pilgrim Publications, PO Box 66, Pasadena, TX 77501. There are times of sorrow when she who is the partner of your bosom cannot find you alleviation. All you who have plied the trade of mendicants at the mercy-seat must have been so enriched by it in your souls that you are determined to stand there as long as you live.” Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.” This is sound reasoning, for even the emotions of believers, when they are most fervent, are based upon solid reasons. Psalms 116:12. There was no getting away. My sin had pushed his ear away, but he has brought his head back again, and inclined his ear unto me. We have read this Psalm many times, let us read it now, not regarding it so much as the language of the psalmist uttered thousands of years ago, as our own language at this moment. They say that there is no hell. You wonder why others do not love him too. He has been bountiful. I was in a circle of sorrow.” Worse than that, his pains of conscience and heart were so great that he says, “The pains of hell gat hold upon me” — got the grip of him, as though he were arrested by them — as though those dogs had come so close as to seize and grasp him. What does the phrase "gnashing of teeth" mean? The brooks of the earth are dry in summer, and frozen in winter. Psalms 116:13. He shall be everything to me. I will not care to look to men — to their hope, to their help, to their judgment, to their censure, but I will set the Lord always before me. (Read all of Psalm 117) Exposition - Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings. That is to say, as he has dealt so well with me, I will always deal well with him. This is the way to live; and if we have tried it, we have found it to be so pleasant that we are resolved to continue in it. The Life of Jesus: Lord, Liar or Lunatic? Psalms 116:2. Perhaps the devotion which burns low when there is only one brand on the hearth will burn all the better and brighter when we add many blazing brands to it. Just as the sinner continues in his sin, so may I venture to say, “Shall the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?” If so, then he that has once heartily learnt to praise his God may begin to forget to do so. Psalms 116:3. I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. In the courts of the LORD’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Here we see gratitude is springing up in this man’s breast. Psalms 116:19. Love to God can see, and it can give a reason for its own existence, and a good substantial reason too. That is the practical outcome of the holy conjunction of grace and righteousness in the atoning sacrifice of Christ. Can you go as far as that? There are pinches where the kindest hand cannot succor. No: we begin as he did, with “I love the Lord.” Tell what the Lord has done for you, and then go on to, “What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits toward me?”. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. What a sweet thing to be the servant of God. We do not know when the *psalmist wrote Psalm 116. “The Lord preserveth the simple.” That is a grand truth. This is the way to live; and if we have tried it, we have found it to be so pleasant that we are resolved to continue in it. O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Have you tried him? Then is it free, and not till then. I was brought low, and he helped me. We have tried the fountain of living waters, why should we go to broken cisterns that can hold no water? Grace and righteousness both guarantee answers to believing prayers, and mercy comes in to make assurance doubly sure: “Yea, our God is merciful.”. I can say to the Lord, “I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid;” and I have no greater wish than that all my descendants may be the Lord’s. He would have been glad to be in the midst of a smiling company of grateful saints, who could all say, “That is true, David. But this psalm is nearest my heart, and I have a peculiar right to call it mine. Read the Bible through, and you will scarcely find a long prayer. The phrase "God of heaven" is not found in the earlier Scriptures. There are times of sorrow when she who is the partner of your bosom cannot find you alleviation. Psalms 116. Psalms 116:3-4. I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: I said in my haste, All men are liars. He will help us. : A Closer Look At A Popular Tradition, Audio of "Church Leaders and the Use of Honorific Titles", The Nativity Story - Download A 16min Edited Version for Christmas, Binding and Loosing (Matthew 16:19) - w/audio, What does "God blesses those who bless Israel really mean? Psalms 116:1. I am the son of thy handmaid.” Oh! Biblical and Practical Advantages for Meeting Within Homes. And uncommonly near the truth he came, even though he was in a hurry in saying it, for if you trust in any men, they must be liars to you. A very short one: “O Lord, I beseech thee deliver my soul.” God does not measure prayers by the yard. As he recalls all this, he longs to make some return by way of praise, and witness to others. Psalms 116:6. “Then called I upon the name of the Lord.” His prayer was short, earnest, and full of meaning: —. 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