I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
4 Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.
8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.
12 What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?
13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.
14 I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
16 O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people.
19 In the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.
This is a chapter of thanksgiving to God in response to the Psalmist’s experience of answered prayers and personal deliverance (verses1-2). The trials through which the Psalmist passed had evidently brought him near to death. He found that true and genuine rest is found only in fully trusting God (verse 7). This trust is the kind that vanishes anxiety and restlessness (Matt 11:29).
When an appeal was made at an evangelistic meeting to surrender all, a man named Jaime walked with agony towards the altar. Jaime had been a sole survivor of an explosion on a merchant ship. He had been searching for answers as to why he survived and his search led him to the word of God. Through thanksgiving songs and the message of deliverance in God’s word, Jaime found the answers he was looking for! Jaime was baptized and pursued his new found purpose in life. Now he happily offers his sacrifice of thanksgiving and daily fulfills his vows (verses 16-19) in soul winning.
How about you? When was the last time you offered your sacrifice of thanksgiving and vows that touched others? Why not do so today?
Jan Harry Cabungcal
Europe for Jesus