The word saddiq means just or righteous. Psalm 116:1. For the most part, the Old Testament holds out no promise of an afterlife or resurrection. Because thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine … But he is not only a servant, but the son of a servant––Yahweh’s handmaid. The offering had to be eaten the same day. “the pains (Hebrew: mesar) of Sheol got a hold of me” (v. 3b). “I said in my haste, ‘All men are liars'” (v. 11). He found people to be liars––false witnesses. 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. 18 I will pay my vows to Yahweh, A name expressed the person’s essential character––something of the person’s power or authority. 4:13, but the MT is uncertain. The word Sheol appears in the Old Testament about 60 times. We have many reasons for loving the Lord, but are most affected by his loving-kindness when relieved out of deep distress. Psalm 116 . I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Let others serve what masters they will, truly I am thy servant. I Love the LORD - I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. The psalmist is praying for Yahweh’s help in escaping from the peril that so threatens him. The writer celebrates the deliverance from extreme perils by which he was favored, and pledges grateful and pious public acknowledgments. The word raham means merciful or compassionate. Then I called on the name of the LORD: “LORD, save me!” The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. 7. 116:11 "in my alarm" This Qal infinitive construct (BDB 342, KB 339) denotes a state of mental fear, panic (cf. “The cords of death surrounded me” (v. 3a). 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. Let us all speak of God as we have found him; and have we ever found him otherwise than just and good? 4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. This is one of those passages in Psalms where the writer has enjoyed deliverance from peril by the hand of Jehovah. Yahweh counts saints as precious, because they are members of his family––loved ones. 16 Yahweh, truly I am your servant. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), Freedman, David Noel (Ed. my voice and my pleas for mercy. “All men are liars.”. The psalmist believed in Yahweh, and that gave him confidence to face his adversities. Psalms 116 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. 2 Because he has turned his ear to me, "Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon [him] as long as I live." We do not know when the *psalmist wrote Psalm 116. This is Psalm 116: "I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. Yahweh’s saints die––as do we all. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. It is a great mercy to be kept from being swallowed up with over-much sorrow. yes, in the presence of all his people. Graciousness and mercy (hannun) and just and righteous (saddiq) would seem to be polar opposites. 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. Some saints die as martyrs, and others die in bed. 8. “I found trouble and sorrow” (v. 3c). We cannot in any way profit him. “Yahweh is Gracious (Hebrew: hannun) and righteous” (Hebrew: saddiq) (v. 5a). Pride stands in the way of listening to wise counsel. Yahweh has heard him and has saved his life. Ezekiel uses it to describe someone who sins through ignorance (Ezekiel 45:20). Psalm 116:1–9. 4 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996), Ross, Allen P., A Commentary on the Psalms, 90-150, Vol. into thy rest; for Jehovah hath recompensed unto thee. 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." Login or Create an Account. “Because he has turned his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live” (v. 2). 1 I love Yahweh, because he listens to my voice, But the context of this verse suggests something else––something less self-serving. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 116 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources . In addition to these audio and video commentaries, you can review the available text commentaries. By redemption. The contents might be the blessing of abundance (Psalm 23:5) or consolation (Jeremiah 16:7). Psalm 116 is a prayer of thanksgiving. “I was greatly afflicted.”, 11 I said in my haste, The Court of Israelites (open to ritually pure Israelite men). The word mesar means pain or distress or anguish. and my cries for mercy. He maintained his faith when sorely tempted to think that Yahweh had abandoned him. The Court of Women (open to Israelite women). But God sent a man who had trained as a lifeguard to swim to me and pull me to shore. However, the Bible sometimes tells of cups of God’s wrath (Isaiah 51:17; Jeremiah 25:15). Psalms 116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. 6 Yahweh preserves the simple. The proud person is likely to feel “self-made”––and thus feels no obligation to God or man. It was a very near thing, so I can appreciate the psalmist’s comment about the cords of death surrounding him. Our raham God is sympathetic to those in need. By birth. Many of our wounds are self-inflicted, and that may be how the psalmist sees his problems––self-inflicted. Such a vow could be, “Save me, Lord, and I will do (whatever).”. 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. “You have freed me from my chains” (v. 16b). He understands that he has received much from Yahweh, but has nothing equivalent to give in return. The psalmist paints vivid pictures in this verse. When the psalmist prays for Yahweh to deliver his soul, he is really asking for Yahweh to save his life. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. 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. 5 Yahweh is Gracious and righteous. That is possible, because the psalmist is a voluntary servant, serving Yahweh out of gratitude. “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver (Hebrew: malat) my soul” (Hebrew: nepes) (v. 4b). This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. The Court of the Gentiles (open to Gentiles). ), Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000), Mounce, William D., (ed. 5. “He hath inclined his ear” — stooped down, as it were, as you do to a sick person to catch his faintest word. But oddly enough, after acknowledging his servitude, the psalmist also acknowledges his God-given freedom. It is a great mercy for God to hold us by the right hand, so that we are not overcome and overthrown by a temptation. Ps. 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. Add to my study list. To call on Yahweh’s name can mean seeking Yahweh’s help. 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. Those of us who have attained a certain age can appreciate the meaning of that gesture. Sign In | Sign Up × Vowing service to God in thanks for His deliverance . Psalm 116:12(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. The psalmist’s question is rhetorical. “Precious in the sight of Yahweh is the death of his saints” (Hebrew: hasiyd) (v. 15). Jehovah guards the simple; I was brought low, and he saved me. But the person who can still experience tears and falling finds pain an ongoing problem. “I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people” (v. 14). 10 I believed, therefore I said, “I believed (Hebrew: ‘aman), therefore I said, ‘I was greatly afflicted'” (v. 10). 116:10 can be seen in 2 Cor. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. But let all such call upon the Lord to deliver their souls, and they will find him gracious and true to his promise. Some die young, and others die old. Two ways men came to be servants. 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). The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words (hast, shineth, etc. 19 in the courts of Yahweh’s house, Lord, I was born in thy house; I am the son of thine handmaid, and therefore thine. As such, even if his father should gain freedom, as the son of a handmaid, the psalmist would remain a servant (Exodus 21:4). The psalmist declares his love to the Lord. The psalmist says, “I was brought low, and (Yahweh) saved me.”. Once a person is dead, he/she feels no more pain. "It seems fitting that a service in which Psalm 116 is the sermon text would create the time and space for worshipers to offer testimony to answered prayer and to intercede for those who are still waiting for … The word peti means foolish or simpleminded. Samuel Johnson wrote, “When a man knows he is to be hanged, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”. and Kahane, Ahuvia, The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 1998), Fohrer, Georg, Hebrew & Aramaic Dictionary of the Old Testament (SCM Press, 2012), Freedman, David Noel (ed. 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. We should deem ourselves bound to walk as in his presence. yes, in the presence of all his people. Psalm 116 is the only place it appears in the OT. The Israelites thought of the person holistically, and would never have divided the person into body and soul, as the Greeks were later to do. 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. The Court of Priests (restricted to priests). 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. I found trouble and sorrow. The psalmist describes a three part salvation:  From death, tears, or falling. Psalm 116 Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. I was sure I was going to die, because I could see no possibility of rescue. Nowhere in the Old Testament is it described as a place of punishment. See comments above. I am your servant, the son of your handmaid. Yahweh not only heard the psalmist’s plea for mercy, but also did something to save him. ), The Complete WordStudy Old Testament (Chattanooga; AMG Publishers, 1994), Baker, Warren and Carpenter, Eugene, The Complete WordStudy Dictionary: Old Testament (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2003), Bromiley, Geoffrey (General Editor), The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised, 4 vols. All Rights Reserved. therefore I will call on him as long as I live. Lord, thou hast loosed my bonds, thou hast discharged me from them, therefore I am thy servant. I am your servant, the son of your handmaid” (v. 16). 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. But most Bible students think that Psalm 116 is just one psalm, all by the same *psalmist. The psalmist says that, because Yahweh turned his ear to him––made a special effort to hear him––the psalmist will continue to call on Yahweh for as long as the psalmist lives. The psalm was translated into the Greek Septuagint (about 250BC) in Hellenistic Egypt. 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. (General Editor), New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis, 5 vol., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997), All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. In the Psalm, he is expressing his gratitude and praise. Our word hallelujah comes from hallel (praise) and yah (Yahweh or God or the Lord), so it means “praise the Lord.”. The psalmist doesn’t spell out the nature of the peril except that it was extreme. “Yahweh preserves the simple” (Hebrew: peti) (v. 6a). The "rest" of Ps. It is of his mercies that we are not consumed. Psalm 116 is without a title in the Hebrew. 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). Now that Yahweh has saved him, the psalmist promises to do what he had promised as part of his vow. 14 I will pay my vows to Yahweh, When troubled, we do best to hold our peace, for we are apt to speak unadvisedly. “I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people” (v. 18). 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. Posted on Jan 18, 2006 by Beyond Today Editor Estimated reading time: 10 minutes. 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. Then I called on the name of Yahweh: “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul.” “I love Yahweh, because … Some old Bibles make Psalm 116 into 2 psalms: verses 1-9 is the first, verses 10-18 the second. Psalm 116:5-9. ; and Briggs, Charles A., The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1906, 2004), Doniach, N.S. Since Yahweh has saved his life, the psalmist pledges to walk before Yahweh “in the land of the living”––while the psalmist is alive. The word nepes means soul. Ps 116:1-19. © 2021 Christianity.com. Unlike Psalm 118, however, Psalm 116 contains no elements of a communal hymn. I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice: The It means the grave or death (Genesis 37:35; 42:38, etc.). PSALM 116. The psalmist believed in Yahweh even in the midst of great afflictions. Jehovah is gracious and just; our God is merciful. Love is a natural response to being saved. 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