Psalm 116:1-7

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11/25/2022

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1     I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. 

     Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 

     The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; 

I suffered distress and anguish. 

     Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!” 

     Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 

     The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 

     Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

Psalm 116:1-7

A lot of times we can fall into a belief that to be a follower of God means nothing but smiles, health, wealth and prosperity. But today’s psalm shows us that sometimes from the depths of despair and suffering, enduring love and trust in God can be forged.

Jesus spent a lot of time with His disciples shortly before his betrayal and sacrificial death. He told them a lot of hard truths and didn’t sugar coat things. In fact, Scripture records Him summing up this discussion by telling them “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Just as the psalmist expresses and Jesus confirms, we will find times of hardship and trial in this life. We can, however, be reassured that Jesus has overcome the world. And we can in turn, like the psalmist, find rest for our souls knowing that God has been gracious to us.

So today, even if we are enduring a time of trial, illness, or hardship, we can find rest for our souls in knowing that Jesus has overcome all things for us. In that truth, we too can endure all things with the hope that God will restore us, either in this life, or in the world to come. We have a peace that surpasses all human understanding, rooted in our faith that Jesus has delivered us. Sometimes the greatest blessing is just to be able to rest in that peace.

Prayer for today
Father, I thank you for all you have done and continue to do for me. Jesus, let me rest in your peace, to know the comfort of my salvation. Embrace me through your Holy Spirit that I may rest in the joy of your peace and love.

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1     I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. 

     Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 

     The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; 

I suffered distress and anguish. 

     Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!” 

     Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 

     The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 

     Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

Psalm 116:1-7

A lot of times we can fall into a belief that to be a follower of God means nothing but smiles, health, wealth and prosperity. But today’s psalm shows us that sometimes from the depths of despair and suffering, enduring love and trust in God can be forged.

Jesus spent a lot of time with His disciples shortly before his betrayal and sacrificial death. He told them a lot of hard truths and didn’t sugar coat things. In fact, Scripture records Him summing up this discussion by telling them “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Just as the psalmist expresses and Jesus confirms, we will find times of hardship and trial in this life. We can, however, be reassured that Jesus has overcome the world. And we can in turn, like the psalmist, find rest for our souls knowing that God has been gracious to us.

So today, even if we are enduring a time of trial, illness, or hardship, we can find rest for our souls in knowing that Jesus has overcome all things for us. In that truth, we too can endure all things with the hope that God will restore us, either in this life, or in the world to come. We have a peace that surpasses all human understanding, rooted in our faith that Jesus has delivered us. Sometimes the greatest blessing is just to be able to rest in that peace.

Prayer for today
Father, I thank you for all you have done and continue to do for me. Jesus, let me rest in your peace, to know the comfort of my salvation. Embrace me through your Holy Spirit that I may rest in the joy of your peace and love.

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