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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cup Of Salvation


Psalm 116

1I love the Lord, for He heard my voice;
He heard my cry for mercy.
2Because He turned His ear to me,
I will call on Him as long as I live.
3The cords of death entangled me,
the anguish of the grave came over me;
I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4Then I called on the Name of the Lord:
Lord, save me!”
5The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
6The Lord protects the unwary;
when I was brought low, He saved me.
7Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
8For You, Lord, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
9that I may walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
10I trusted in the Lord when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted”;
11in my alarm I said,
“Everyone is a liar.”
12What shall I return to the Lord
for all His goodness to me?
13I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the Name of the Lord.
14I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all His people.
15Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of His faithful servants.
16Truly I am Your servant, Lord;
I serve You just as my mother did;
You have freed me from my chains.
17I will sacrifice a thank offering to You
and call on the Name of the Lord.
18I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all His people,
19in the courts of the House of the Lord
in Your midst, Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord.a


PSALM 116


We have many reasons for loving the Lord, but we are most affected by His loving-kindness when relieved out of deep distress. But let all such call upon the Lord to deliver their souls, and they will find Him gracious and true to His promise. Neither ignorance nor guilt will hinder their salvation, when they put their trust in the Lord.

Let us all speak of God as we have found Him; and have we ever found Him otherwise than just and good? It is of His mercies that we are not consumed. Let those who labor and are heavy laden come to the Lord Jesus, that they may find rest to their souls.

We should deem ourselves bound to walk as in His presence. It is a great mercy to be kept from being swallowed up with over sorrow. 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. But when we enter the heavenly rest, deliverance from sin and sorrow will be complete and we shall see the Glory of the Lord, and walk in His presence with delight we cannot now conceive.

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