I love the LORD, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
This psalm opens with a declaration of love for the Lord because He hears us when we cry. As the psalm unfolds we learn that the writer was facing a very difficult season where the pains of death were surrounding him. These may have been physical pains from illness or injury or emotional pains caused by the loss of a loved one. Whatever the case his trial turned to triumph when he called upon the Lord.
Whenever we read our Bibles it is important to look for practical ways to apply the teaching to our daily living. In this case two points of application may prove helpful.
First, whatever challenges you are facing take some time to cry out to the Lord asking Him to intervene. The apostle Peter reminds us that we can cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us. And it was Jesus who invited us to come to Him when we are weary and haven laden.
Second, just as the psalmist expresses his love we should do the same. Take some time to make a a list of reasons why you love the Lord and share them with a friend asking them to do the same.
Questions for Psalm 116
- How often do we forget to tell our spouse, kids or family that we love them? Do we forget the reasons for our love? The first words of this psalm; I love the Lord, because….Why do you love the Lord?
- In verse 5 we read again the words that the Lord is gracious and merciful. How can you be more gracious and merciful today?
- Verse 6-“I was brought low, and He saved me.” Too often we have to be humbled to recognize our need for a savior. Think of the times the Lord has had to humble you, and think of the times you submitted to Gods plan. Dwell on verse 7.