God’s Word Goes Forth: Come to the Lord in Prayer
Psalm 116: This psalm is a prayer of thanksgiving for salvation from death. The psalmist says that he was in the clutches of death when he prayed to the Lord for help. God saved him from death, and the psalmist’s expresses his abundant gratitude and joy.
Today's Scripture: Psalm 116:5, 6
The LORD is merciful and good; our God is compassionate. The LORD protects the helpless; when I was in danger, he saved me.
1 I love the LORD, because he hears me; he listens to my prayers. 2 He listens to me every time I call to him. 3 The danger of death was all around me; the horrors of the grave closed in on me; I was filled with fear and anxiety. 4 Then I called to the LORD, “I beg you, LORD, save me!” 5 The LORD is merciful and good; our God is compassionate. 6 The LORD protects the helpless; when I was in danger, he saved me. 7 Be confident, my heart, because the LORD has been good to me. 8 The LORD saved me from death; he stopped my tears and kept me from defeat. 9 And so I walk in the presence of the LORD in the world of the living. 10 I kept on believing, even when I said, “I am completely crushed,” 11 even when I was afraid and said, “No one can be trusted.” 12 What can I offer the LORD for all his goodness to me? 13 I will bring a wine offering to the LORD, to thank him for saving me. 14 In the assembly of all his people I will give him what I have promised. 15 How painful it is to the LORD when one of his people dies! 16 I am your servant, LORD; I serve you just as my mother did. You have saved me from death. 17 I will give you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and offer my prayer to you. 18-19 In the assembly of all your people, in the sanctuary of your Temple in Jerusalem, I will give you what I have promised. Praise the LORD!
In this prayer, the psalmist realizes that suffering cannot separate him from God because God draws near in times of trouble. Is it easy or difficult for you to rely on God’s care during hard times? How have you experienced God’s presence in times of suffering?
Lord, you are indeed merciful and good. Let me walk in your presence all the days of my life. Strengthen my faith that I may abide in you even when I am struggling and afraid. Thank you for your love. Amen.
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