Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-19

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, save me!”

How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains.

I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord–in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.

A Thought

When we cry out to the Lord, he hears and answers our prayer in his time and in his way. God is always faithful. This Psalm speaks to me that when we are in times of pain and sorrow perhaps even facing death, we will cry out for mercy to God in prayer asking him to save us. At this same time we often make vows to him that we will do certains things when he does answer. When we make a vow (a promise) to God, we need to be certain in keeping the words that we have spoken. God is always listening and is always worthy of our praise. Let us be faithful to our Lord. Praise the name of the Lord!

Our Prayer

Father thank you for all of your promises made to us if we will only believe. Praise your holy name. Help us to remember our promises made to you. Awaken us by the power of your word. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.