Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! The thanksgiving offering required the sacrifice of an animal as well as an offering of unleavened cakes and wafers mixed with oil” (Leviticus 7:12). Psalms 116, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. Samuel Johnson wrote, “When a man knows he is to be hanged, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”. The psalmist believed in Yahweh, and that gave him confidence to face his adversities. “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver (Hebrew: malat) my soul” (Hebrew: nepes) (v. 4b). He might have been in danger of death (v. 3), but his comments about the “cords of death” could be a metaphor for some other sort of peril. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, A name expressed the person’s essential character––something of the person’s power or authority. ), Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000), Mounce, William D., (ed. This psalm reveals the heart of a passionate man, so we can imagine him pleading passionately for God’s mercy. We cannot in any way profit him. “He hath inclined his ear” — stooped down, as it were, as you do to a sick person to catch his faintest word. Some die young, and others die old. “We love (God), because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). He felt “the cords of death” and “the pains of Sheol” (v. 3). 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. The old Greek Bible does this. 6. 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. Psalms 116:2. Pride stands in the way of listening to wise counsel. "Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon [him] as long as I live." PSALM 116. 17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, 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. Yahweh counts saints as precious, because they are members of his family––loved ones. The Court of Israelites (open to ritually pure Israelite men). The psalmist’s question is rhetorical. “and call on the name of Yahweh” (v. 13b). The Psalmist expresses his love for the Lord because God hears and answers His children when they call to Him. “I was greatly afflicted.”, 11 I said in my haste, For the most part, the Old Testament holds out no promise of an afterlife or resurrection. It is the contents of the cup that counts. Our word hallelujah comes from hallel (praise) and yah (Yahweh or God or the Lord), so it means “praise the Lord.”. He maintained his faith when sorely tempted to think that Yahweh had abandoned him. “You have freed me from my chains” (v. 16b). Neither ignorance nor guilt will hinder their salvation, when they put their trust in the Lord. But none die without notice from Yahweh––because their deaths (and lives) are precious in Yahweh’s sight. “in the courts of Yahweh’s house, in the midst of you, Jerusalem” (v. 19a). “For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling” (v. 8). “I found trouble and sorrow” (v. 3c). Psalm 116 is without a title in the Hebrew. In his song of praise, he recalls the many troubles and sorrows he has already encountered and how gracious and compassionate the Lord has been to him – the Lord heard his cry for help and the Lord rescued him from death and despair. So the psalmist is describing his anguish at the thought of his impending death. The offering had to be eaten the same day. By birth. The writer celebrates the deliverance from extreme perils by which he was favored, and pledges grateful and pious public acknowledgments. “the pains (Hebrew: mesar) of Sheol got a hold of me” (v. 3b). The psalmist is giving thanks to Yahweh for saving him from peril (v. 6). My primary regret was the thought of my mother receiving the news of my death. Psalm 116:1. When the psalmist prays for Yahweh to deliver his soul, he is really asking for Yahweh to save his life. A merciful person is willing to forgive the other person’s misdeeds. Hasiyd means kind, merciful, or pious––i.e., those whose lives manifest their deep faith in Yahweh––those who have determined to allow Yahweh and Yahweh’s law to shape their lives. “I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call on the name of Yahweh” (v. 17). Like other psalms of this type (see Psalm 30; 32; 34), Psalm 116 begins by saying that God has rescued the psalmist from trouble (verses 1-2). Not as … “Yes, our God is merciful”  (Hebrew: raham) (v. 5b). (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1979-1988), Brown, Francis; Driver, S.R. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you. That began to change in the two or three centuries before Jesus. The Court of Women (open to Israelite women). Bible Commentary Psalm 116. Psalm 116 . Psalms 116:4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. A cup is a vessel from which one drinks. and my feet from falling. 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. ), 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. “Return to your rest, my soul, for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you” (v. 7). 8. yes, in the presence of all his people. “Yahweh is Gracious (Hebrew: hannun) and righteous” (Hebrew: saddiq) (v. 5a). It is only natural, then, that the psalmist will pledge true loyalty to Yahweh. The psalmist doesn’t spell out the nature of the peril except that it was extreme. This is a psalm of individual thanksgiving. To turn one’s ear to someone is to position yourself to hear that person as clearly as possible. 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. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. 116:11 "in my alarm" This Qal infinitive construct (BDB 342, KB 339) denotes a state of mental fear, panic (cf. Is not the affliction amply repaid by the joy of returning strength and the sense of newness of life and power. Psalm 116. Let others serve what masters they will, truly I am thy servant. A wise counselor once told me, “We do what works for us.”  His point was that, when rewarded for our effort, we will continue to do the same thing again and again. I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice: The The word malat is more usually used to mean escape or flee. “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul.”, “I love Yahweh, because he listens (Hebrew: sama) to my voice” (v. 1a). Like Psalm 118, Psalm 116 is also a psalm of thanksgiving. Yes, our God is merciful. Psalm 116:1–9. I am your servant, the son of your handmaid. 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. 6 Yahweh preserves the simple. 4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. “Praise (Hebrew: hallel) Yah!” (Hebrew: yah) (v. 19b). Then the psalm describes the distressing circumstance now past (verse 3), recalls a prayer for help (verse 4) along with the Lord’s … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19" Ps 116:1-19. What can the pardoned sinner, or what can those who have been delivered from trouble or distress, render to the Lord for his benefits? The word mesar means pain or distress or anguish. SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. See comments above. Ps. “I said in my haste, ‘All men are liars'” (v. 11). Psalm 116 is the only place it appears in the OT. He could have no confidence in them. That’s what the psalmist is determined to do. “I believed (Hebrew: ‘aman), therefore I said, ‘I was greatly afflicted'” (v. 10). “I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people” (v. 14). Those of us who have attained a certain age can appreciate the meaning of that gesture. The word sama means hear or listen––but in this context it obviously means more. “Then I called on the name of Yahweh” (v. 4a). 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. 1. To call on Yahweh’s name can mean seeking Yahweh’s help. The word raham means merciful or compassionate. Unlike Psalm 118, however, Psalm 116 contains no elements of a communal hymn. Ezekiel uses it to describe someone who sins through ignorance (Ezekiel 45:20). Pastor Mike Schreib (2017-06-25)Bible Baptist Church International, CAhttp://www.bbcinternational.org Psalms 116 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Praise Yah! That is possible, because the psalmist is a voluntary servant, serving Yahweh out of gratitude. “Yahweh preserves the simple” (Hebrew: peti) (v. 6a). I found trouble and sorrow. Presumably the psalmist made such a vow when his life was threatened. 9 I will walk before Yahweh in the land of the living. Jehovah guards the simple; I was brought low, and he saved me. and will call on the name of Yahweh. Psalm 116:8 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament With "gracious" and "compassionate" is here associated, as in Psalm 112:4 , the term "righteous," which comprehends within itself everything that Jahve asserts concerning Himself in Exodus 34:6 . 1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. 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. 3 The cords of death surrounded me, The psalmist will pay his vows now; he will not delay the payment: publicly, not to make a boast, but to show he is not ashamed of God's service, and to invite others to join him. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006-2009), VanGemeren, Willem A. How can the psalmist be both a servant and free at the same time? In these verses, the psalmist paints a picture of desperation. To call upon the name of the Lord, then, means something more than appealing for relief from a crisis. The word tahanun means a prayer of supplication or a plea for mercy. “He hath inclined his ear.” The pious man evidently remembers both his own deliverance and that of his people as he sings in the language of Ps 116:16, "Thou hast loosed my bonds"; but he rises into sympathy with his nation as he thinks of the courts of the Lord's house and of the glorious city, and pledges himself to sing "in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem." Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 116:11b). The psalmist can’t repay Yahweh for saving his life, but he can give thanks––and praise Yahweh in a public setting. The cup of consolation; I will receive the benefits God bestows upon me, as from his hand, and taste his love in them, as the portion not only of mine inheritance in the other world, but of my cup in this. 13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of Yahweh. See the comments on verse 14 above. I didn’t know that I should swim parallel to the shore to get out of the rip tide. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. This is Psalm 116: "I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Psalm 116 . Many of our wounds are self-inflicted, and that may be how the psalmist sees his problems––self-inflicted. 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. “All men are liars.”. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 116 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources . But the context of this verse suggests something else––something less self-serving. The psalmist paints vivid pictures in this verse. The psalmist describes a three part salvation:  From death, tears, or falling. Yet there may be true faith where there are workings of unbelief; but then faith will prevail; and being humbled for our distrust of God's word, we shall experience his faithfulness to it. When troubled, we do best to hold our peace, for we are apt to speak unadvisedly. 7 Return to your rest, my soul, “I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people” (v. 18). (General Editor), New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis, 5 vol., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997), All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. Some old Bibles make Psalm 116 into 2 psalms: verses 1-9 is the first, verses 10-18 the second. ), which the WEB has updated. This verse stands in dramatic contrast to verse 10. The psalmist is praying for Yahweh’s help in escaping from the peril that so threatens him. The word peti means foolish or simpleminded. But the person who can still experience tears and falling finds pain an ongoing problem. Psalm 116 Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. The psalmist believed in Yahweh even in the midst of great afflictions. Furthermore, he can do so in a public setting where his thanksgiving will honor God in the presence of the assembled worshipers. ; and Briggs, Charles A., The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1906, 2004), Doniach, N.S. 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. Since Yahweh has saved his life, the psalmist pledges to walk before Yahweh “in the land of the living”––while the psalmist is alive. A just person wants adherence to high standards. 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. and my cries for mercy. Once a person is dead, he/she feels no more pain. However, the Bible sometimes tells of cups of God’s wrath (Isaiah 51:17; Jeremiah 25:15). Or he might have known a fisherman who fell out of his boat and became entrapped in his own net. Because thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine … Our best is unworthy of his acceptance; yet we ought to devote ourselves and all we have to his service. Moreover, whereas the primary focus of Psalm 118 is on victory, Psalm 116 centers on the psalmist's agonizing experience of and rescue from the imprisoning cords of death. He may have in mind ropes or nets that he has used to ensnare game. 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. 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