Psalm.116.1-2 declares: “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.”
What have decided in your heart to do today? What have you have decided to do this year? What have you decided to do for the rest of your life?
The writer of this Psalm has decided to call upon God for as long he lives. That’s a pretty big decision! Why? Because God has heard his cries and answered his prayers.
God has not just solved his problem, met his need or soothed his pain. God has delivered him from no less than death.
Psalm 116 is like a good number of king David’s psalms that echoes this theme of deliverance from our ultimate fear of death. He is severely tempted to dismay because all men are liars (116:10).
We are not told whether this is a personal or national deliverance from death – as in the Exodus – perhaps like a whole city, town or race of people facing their fateful ending as in modern day Mosul or Aleppo.
Yet, the point remains: God came to his rescue from this dire condition. Which tells us that faith in God is a journey – from an initial human threat to a final state of divine deliverance.
Personally, for this believer, God has journeyed with him in these ways: delivered his soul from death, dried up his tears and kept his feet from stumbling (116:8).
In short, his final condition is a total reversal of his initial condition.
Mona and I were preaching and ministering in a neighboring country.
Many of the students studying in the seminary are converted from different and hostile religious backgrounds. They also worship and witness in the face of dangers.
Yet, each of them has made a most important decision: to trust Jesus and call upon him as long they live. We are so uplifted in meeting them.
Here is a gospel lesson: Our problems are temporary, our praise is permanent. Our worries are transitory, our worship is eternal. Our enemies are fleeting, our God is forever.
Have you made your decision on this all-important difference? Please do. It’s a game changer and life saver.
Prayer: O God, please grace me to decide to believe in you and call upon Jesus my ultimate redeemer only as long as I live. Amen.