1 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.

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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 116

All people called upon to praise God.
- Here is a solemn Call to all nations to praise the Lord, and
proper matter for that praise is suggested. We are soon weary of
Well-doing, if we keep not up the pious and devout affections
with which the spiritual Sacrifice of praise ought to be kindled
and kept burning. This is a Gospel psalm. The Apostle, Ro
15:11, quotes it as a proof that the Gospel was to be preached
to the Gentile nations, and that it would be entertained By
them. For many ages, in Judah only was God known, and his name
praised; this Call was not then given to any Gentiles. But the
Gospel of Christ is ordered to be preached to all nations, and
By him those that were afar off are made nigh. We are among the
persons to whom the Holy Spirit here speaks, whom he calls upon
to join his ancient people in praising the Lord. Grace has thus
abounded to millions of perishing sinners. Let us then listen to
the offers of the Grace of God, and pray for that time when all
nations of the Earth shall show forth his praises. And let us
Bless God for the unsearchable riches of Gospel Grace.

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