The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. (Luke 22:42) "If there's any other way, God…" But there was no other way. This verse stands in dramatic contrast to verse 10. Love is a natural response to being saved. He was addicted to drugs, couldn't keep job, used others in whatever way he could and so had no true friends…, One day, the second brother got in a drunken fight at the bar and landing a crushing blow, killed the other man. But right before his death, he gave his disciples another cup. This psalm reveals the heart of a passionate man, so we can imagine him pleading passionately for God’s mercy. The proud person is likely to feel “self-made”––and thus feels no obligation to God or man. 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. We run into trouble when we become independent. While the psalmist believed in Yahweh, he determined that he couldn’t believe in men. Bible Verse ; Newest; Oldest; Most Viewed; Most Shared; Conference Message. I am your servant, the son of your handmaid. 4 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996), Ross, Allen P., A Commentary on the Psalms, 90-150, Vol. The psalmist is praying for Yahweh’s help in escaping from the peril that so threatens him. Browse Sermons on Psalm 11. And now he rejoices in the cup of salvation that God had given him, in saving not just his physical life, but even more in saving him from eternal death in hell. He was free from the law, free to do whatever he wanted. “Yes, our God is merciful”  (Hebrew: raham) (v. 5b). Graciousness and mercy (hannun) and just and righteous (saddiq) would seem to be polar opposites. Some people suggest that religion doesn't release a person, but binds them—that it binds them to the obligation to serve God, it binds them to keep his rules and laws. As God's children, we should depend on Him. For we have drunk from the cup of salvation, that our gracious, righteous, and compassionate God has given to us. The psalmist is giving thanks to Yahweh for saving him from peril (v. 6). The good brother was arrested, the trial was eventually held, and he was condemned and executed for his brother's crimes. Then we would still be bound too. No! Thou knowest that I love thee.” “I love the Lord.” Love is said to be blind, but not love to God. There is no obligation to do anything to do anything to earn our salvation—we're no longer obligated to be perfect as God's law demands, since Christ was perfect in our place. The Lamb-- Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19-- John E. Sumwalt, Rick McCracken-Bennett, C. David Mckirachan, Fanny Lee Seville, Scott Dalgarno, David E. Leininger-- Maundy Thursday - C. Passion/Palm SundayIsaiah 50:4-9a Philippians 2:5-11. 3-4. I. The psalmist is calling on the name of Yahweh as a way of honoring Yahweh for the blessing of salvation that Yahweh has bestowed on him. The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words (hast, shineth, etc. That's why trouble and sorrow did overcome him—because of his own sin. He felt “the cords of death” and “the pains of Sheol” (v. 3). There was much truth in it. There are also great lessons to be gleaned from the psalms. [1] 3 Mich umfingen Fesseln des Todes, Bedrängnisse der Unterwelt haben mich getroffen, Bedrängnis und Kummer treffen mich. 4 Ich rief den Namen des HERRN: Ach … Then in verse 7, God's bountiful dealings with the soul of man. Worship. Even if you're not claustrophobic, it's a terrible feeling. Psalm 16 is a very problematic psalm, and for a gaggle of reasons: 1. God's blessings! ), The Complete WordStudy Old Testament (Chattanooga; AMG Publishers, 1994), Baker, Warren and Carpenter, Eugene, The Complete WordStudy Dictionary: Old Testament (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2003), Bromiley, Geoffrey (General Editor), The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised, 4 vols. The word peti means foolish or simpleminded. I was brought low, and he saved me. It was a new room for Zachary. Talk about a Fountain of Youth! And so he suffered death, he suffered hell, to save us from it. Psalms 116:11 Psalms 116:13 Psalms 116:12. We, "will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the. On Calvary's cross, Jesus drank the cup of God's wrath, that same cup he prayed about on Maundy Thursday in the Garden of Gethsemane. He might have been in danger of death (v. 3), but his comments about the “cords of death” could be a metaphor for some other sort of peril. Since his brother took his place as the murderer, he would take his brothers place as the good man. Thanks for reading! “I was greatly afflicted.”, 11 I said in my haste, The word Sheol appears in the Old Testament about 60 times. 12 What will I give to Yahweh for all his benefits toward me? 7 Return to your rest, my soul, What shall I render unto the Lord? For me, it was getting caught in a rip tide that carried me so far from shore that boats passing between me and the shore didn’t see me. Can you imagine the press coverage, the documentaries, the scientific studies, the lines of people waiting to get a drink? One of the cruelest things you can do is to spurn a gift of love. Let's go back to the brother whose good twin was executed in his place. “I believed (Hebrew: ‘aman), therefore I said, ‘I was greatly afflicted'” (v. 10). And we will live to serve him and each other, as Jesus new command on Maundy Thursday tells us. Pride stands in the way of listening to wise counsel. (John 13:34) We will sacrifice our thank offerings to God, giving not just our dollars or our time in service, but giving our very selves. Not much! Children are dependent upon their parents. Sermons From the Psalms. 5 Yahweh is Gracious and righteous. YAHWEH LISTENS. We no longer live for ourselves, but for the one who saved us. The Israelites thought of the person holistically, and would never have divided the person into body and soul, as the Greeks were later to do. A wise counselor once told me, “We do what works for us.”  His point was that, when rewarded for our effort, we will continue to do the same thing again and again. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006-2009), VanGemeren, Willem A. Recent scholarship, helpfully, sees this “plea” as a devout desire for continuing protection … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 16" But disaster shatters pride and enforces reality. We ask, And while we can never fully repay him, we strive to do the things that are pleasing to him. “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver (Hebrew: malat) my soul” (Hebrew: nepes) (v. 4b). He maintained his faith when sorely tempted to think that Yahweh had abandoned him. Jan 4, … therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, 2 Because he has turned his ear to me, This would be the Jerusalem temple, which had four courts: Presumably, the psalmist would pay his vows in the Court of Israelites. Read verse in New International Version We walk a relaxed route, literally, "going to and fro," before the Lord. He is gracious, righteous, and full of compassion, and in his great love for us, he cut the cords of death that entangled us and freed us from the anguish of hell that nearly overtook us. As part of an afterlife or resurrection verse 14, `` going to die, because psalmist... 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