Psalm 116 Loving and Praising God
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Focus on Who God has revealed Himself to be; what He does; what we're like; what we can expect of Him; what He expects of us in response.
1 I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Relationship; Hears & answers prayer; Dependable; Pray
Ps 105:1 O give thanks (things done) to the LORD; call upon/proclaim His name: make known His deeds among the people.
Isa 12:4 Praise (person) Yahweh, call upon/proclaim His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted
1Jn 3:22 whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
3 The pains of death surrounded me, and the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. His servants can suffer
5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. Ex 34:6 proclaimed, Yahweh, LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth/faithfulness, 7 Keeping hesed for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin... Neh 9:31
6 The LORD preserves/protects/guards the simple/sincere trusting babes; I was brought low, and He saved/delivers me. Gives victory
7 Return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has recompensed/dealt bountifully with you. He gives rest; We calm ourselves
8 For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling. Delivers spiritually, emotionally, physically
10 I had believed, even when I declared, "I am greatly afflicted." 11 I said in my alarm, "All men are liars." God is always trustworthy unlike people
Worship=Response to Revelation
Ex 6:6-7 Cup of Sanctification/Blessing/Thanksgiving I will bring you out; God wants a holy/separate/distinct people
14 I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all His people. Our vows of praise should be among His people
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. God watches over His holy ones (some of whom He sacrifives for His glory)
16 O LORD, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. Freed to serve Gal 5:13
.17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon/proclaim the name of the LORD. Thanksgiving and Praise
Heb 13:15 by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Rm12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable/pleasing to God, which is your service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may demonstrate what is that good and acceptable/pleasing and perfect will of God.
18 I will pay my vows to Yahweh now in the presence of all His people, Our praise edifies others and encourages them to trust God
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