Psalm 116: 12-19 [NLT]
What can I offer the Lord
for all he has done for me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.
14 I will keep my promises to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
15 The Lord cares deeply
when his loved ones die.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people—
19 in the house of the Lord
in the heart of Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
My Reflections in Prayer:
You are God, You are Savior, You are Redeemer.
You are always worthy of all praise
You are compassionate
The psalmist speaks of promises made and vows to be kept
What promises have I made to you?
What vows have I made to you?
What promises should I make to you?
What vows should I make to you?
Lord, show me what a sacrifice of thanksgiving looks like
Teach me to give you the praise due you.
From Tim Keller’s Book: Songs of Jesus
DELIVERED FROM DEATH. God saved the psalmist from death (verse 8) because his servants’ deaths are costly (“precious”) and painful to him (verse 15). The psalmist feels he has been virtually resurrected back into the land of the living (see verse 9). God does, of course, allow his people to die, but they are so precious to him that he will someday pay the ultimate price on the cross so that our physical death will be just an entrance into greater life (2 Corinthians 5:1–10). Therefore, we can drink “the cup of salvation” to him (verse 13), celebrating this salvation in worship. But that is only because he drank the cup of divine wrath on sin, for us (Luke 22:42).
Prayer: Lord, you died that I might not die forever, and you rose so I might live forever. For this may I “sing your praise without delays.” Help me live my days in joyful hope, helping my soul to remember that as sin “consigned thee to dust, His life may make thee gold, and much more, just.”Amen.