Psalm 116:1-7Common English Bible (CEB)
I love the Lord because he hears
my requests for mercy.
2 I’ll call out to him as long as I live,
because he listens closely to me.
3 Death’s ropes bound me;
the distress of the grave found me—
I came face-to-face with trouble and grief.
4 So I called on the Lord’s name:
“Lord, please save me!”
5 The Lord is merciful and righteous;
our God is compassionate.
6 The Lord protects simple folk;
he saves me whenever I am brought down.
7 I tell myself, You can be at peace again,
because the Lord has been good to you.
My nine year old son is at that stage of comparison bravado where he says things like, “I can run faster than you.”, and “I’m older than you.”, or “My dad can beat up your dad.” Well, maybe not the last one. Recently, he told me he could eat a Carolina Reaper. According to Guiness World Records, it ranked is the worlds hottest chili pepper. He asked, me dad, “What would happen if I ate one?” I simply replied he would probably feel like he was going to die.
In Psalm 116, the psalmist has literally been near death, crying out for mercy from the Almighty. Suffering and pain are a very real part of life. This psalm is not about being near death or intense suffering, it is about God rescuing the ones who cry out in their suffering, it’s about salvation. The psalmist is praising God for mercy in the face of death.
Trails in life, often build faith. The psalmist shares this grief and near death experience to teach us that we can trust in God to deliver, no matter what the circumstance.
Some of you reading this are fighting some major battles today. Let’s learn from the psamist and call on God for mercy and deliverance.
1. We all need mercy. Where do you need mercy?
2. Who can you share God’s mercy with today? Let God use you to help someone else in need.
Prayer: Lord, deliver us from evil. Save us by your mercy. Use us to bring your mercy to others in need. Amen.