PSALM 116 - Call to Respond 26 Feb 2020

Psalm 116 could be a prayer of Jesus. I can not apply all those words to myself. The psalm certainly is a prayer of the psalmist. Once again I wonder how the Jewish people understand this psalm.

Call to Respond

Facing the needs of this world I am called to a response. I shall stand with those who suffer, with those who are sick and with those who face death.

My liking is however more the joys of this world. Or seeking refuge in working hard, for my own advantage. I am nevertheless called to overcome my natural liking. I am made in the image of God. I am called to love my neighbour and to stoop down towards a suffering world.

Psalm 116

1 Alleluia!
I am filled with love when Yahweh listens to the sound of my prayer,
2 when he bends down to hear me, as I call.
3 The bonds of death were all round me,
the snares of Sheol held me fast;
distress and anguish held me in their grip,
4 I called on the name of Yahweh.
Deliver me, Yahweh, I beg you.
5 Yahweh is merciful and upright,
our God is tenderness.
6 Yahweh looks after the simple,
when I was brought low he gave me strength.
7 My heart, be at peace once again,
for Yahweh has treated you generously.
8 He has rescued me from death,
my eyes from tears,
and my feet from stumbling.
9 I shall pass my life in the presence of Yahweh,
in the land of the living.
10 My trust does not fail even when I say,
'I am completely wretched.'
11 In my terror I said,
'No human being can be relied on.'
12 What return can I make to Yahweh
for his generosity to me?
13 I shall take up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of Yahweh.
14 I shall fulfil my vows to Yahweh,
witnessed by all his people.
15 Costly in Yahweh's sight
is the death of his faithful.
16 I beg you, Yahweh! I am your servant,
I am your servant and my mother was your servant;
you have undone my fetters.
17 I shall offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of Yahweh.
18 I shall fulfil my vows to Yahweh,
witnessed by all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of Yahweh,
in your very heart, Jerusalem.

Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.

Christ was willing to suffer

The One who overcame Death.

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