Psalms 116:12 What are his benefits toward us.There is An inclined ear. “ He hath His ear unto me ” (v.2).
David stated that God hath not turned His ear away from him, but, like a loving father, he hath bent His head over to listen to the cry of His child, Lk.15:24) declares, “ For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”
God hears our prays immediately, and inclines his ear, he hears us readily, graciously, constantly.
What a precious privilege to have the listening, sympathetic ear of God.
There is Deliverance from death(v.3) “Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling ” (v.8). We have this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Rom. 8:37).
This great God of ours has given us many deliverances, our life has been spared from the grave, our heart has been uplifted from its griefs, and our course in life has been preserved from dishonour. He has kept us from the evil one., “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not,” (Lk, 22:31).
There is bountifully treatment “The Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee ”(v.7). Out of His own fulness and in infinite grace hath He supplied all our need, Paul stated in (Phil. 4:19) ”But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil.4:19).
There is freedom from bondage “Thou hast loosed my bonds ” (v.16). The bonds of sin, doubt, and fear have been taken a way and liberty to serve with gladness our great Deliverer.
Christ hast broken the bonds of sin for us now, Lord, bind us with the cords of love. Thou hast delivered us from the power of Satan, therefore make me as one of thy hired servants. I owe my liberty, my life, and all that I have, or hope, to thy generous rescue:
What shall I render unto him? “I will love him (v I). We love Him because He first loved us.
I will yield Him the affection of my heart because He hath loved my soul out of the pit of corruption.
What a blessed declaration: every believer ought to be able to declare without the slightest hesitation,
“I love the Lord.” It was required under the law, but was never produced in the heart of man except by the grace of God, and upon gospel principles.
It is a great thing to say “I love the Lord,” for the sweetest of all graces and the surest of all evidences of salvation is love.
I will call upon him yes “ As long as I live” (v.2). This is the shewing of our gratitude to God.
I will rest in him “ Return unto thy rest, 0 my soul” (v.7). I will shew my confidence by resting my soul entirely in Him. This He desires, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,(Mt.11:28,29).
Allow me to say, the Lord’s people rest in God, and in his will; in his will of precept as our sovereign Lord, whose commands concerning all things are right, and in the keeping of which there is great reward; in his will of providence as our absolute owner, and who does all things well; in himself as our God, our portion, and our chief good, in whom we shall have all that we need, are capable of enjoying to complete our blessedness for ever
“I will walk with him,” (v.9). I will order my daily life in all its details as before His eyes.
To this life was Abraham called “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.”(Gen.17: I). I will choose Him as my constant companion (I.Cor. 5:7).
“I will speak for him,“ (v.10).I will testify to what He hath done for my soul.
My lips shall speak His praise, and my tongue shall not be silent.
“I will take from him, (v.13). We render honour to Him by taking more from Him. (3) This is not after the manner of men. I will shew Him how much I appreciate His grace by drinking more deeply of the “ Cup of Salvation.”
I will offer to him,“ I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving …. I will pay my vows unto the Lord.” (v.17,18).
Let me say this. Our resolves match the ancient vows; and our lives have witnessed many resolve made and few resolves carried out, resolves in times of conversion, of success, of sickness, of trouble and rescue from peril.
Now, Try to think of what unpaid vows or resolves that God has on his record toward us. Vow, but be sure to “pay your vows unto the Lord.”
The sacrifice of thanksgiving may not seem a very costly gift, but it is well pleasing unto God according to (Heb.13:15,16).
Render to Him the calves of your lips (Hos.14,2). And let the vows of devotion and service made to God be duly paid in the presence of His people.