Verse 1 – I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications.
Verse 2 – Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.
Supplication is much more than a simple prayer request. It’s an earnest prayer, prayed from the heart. It can be a desperate plea for God to act suddenly, or a petition giving all the reasons why it should be heard.
A supplication is so much more than just asking for God to bless you and yours. It gets very specific.
Verse 3 – The pains of death encompassed me, and the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow.
Verse 4 – Then I called upon the name of the Lord; “Oh Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!”
Verse 5 – Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yes, our God is merciful.
Verse 6 – The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.
Verse 7 – Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
Have you ever spoken to your soul? Has your soul (mind, will, emotions) ever been in an uproar and needed rest? That’s where the psalmist is when writing this psalm. He called on the Lord, and then told his soul to rest because the Lord had taken care bountifully. That should be reassurance that God hears our plea when our emotions go “hay-wire.”
Verse 8 – For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Verse 9 – I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
Verse 10 – I believed, therefore I spoke, “I am greatly afflicted.”
Verse 11 – I said in my haste “All men are liars.”
Do you speak out loud what you believe or do speak out loud God’s truth. Sometimes there’s a big difference. If we believe what God says in His word about us, others, and our situation, then speak “that!” I hear too many people talking negatively about too many things. I believe you will have what you say. When words are spoken into the atmosphere, they have power to call things that be not, as though they were, by faith.
When the psalmist said he would walk in the “land of the living, he had changed his precept. Change how you look at things, believe for the best outcome, and God will bring it to pass.
Don’t speak in haste that everyone is out to get you, because they are not.
Verse 12 – What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?
What can we possibly give the Lord for being so good to us?
Verse 13 – I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.
Verse 14 – I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people.
A vow is a promise. When we promise to follow the Lord in all His ways, we are making a vow, a promise, to be submissive to Him and His ways. Some take this lightly and never give it another thought. However, if you sincerely want to give back for all the benefits God has given you, do so with following Christ – whole-heartedly!
Verse 15 – Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
Verse 16 – O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds.
Not one precious believer dies, that the Lord is not there to comfort. Christ came to loose the bonds (set the captive free), from the curse of death. He overcame death and the grave, and so shall we be with Him throughout all eternity.
Verse 17 – I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.
Why does scripture call our thanksgiving and praise a sacrifice to offer God?
Hebrews 13:15 – Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
The terms sacrifice and praise might seem to us to be the opposite. We think of sacrifice as offering something at a cost to ourselves.
Praise is often our response to some action that directly benefits us; help, protection, deliverance, saving us, we sing songs of praise. That kind of praise is worthwhile. It’s not a sacrifice.
Then there are those times we can’t see His goodness, and circumstances say, “He has forgotten us!”
To praise God in those times require a personal sacrifice. It takes an act of the will to lay it all on the altar before God because we don’t understand why.
When we bring a sacrifice of praise, we choose to believe that God is still good and working on our behalf and we trust Him. Our praise is what comes out of our mouths – fruit of our lips.
Our praise is not based on God’s job performance when things look bleak. Real praise continues from the heart in good times and bad! Plain and simple – it’s a sacrifice to praise Him in the middle of the “storm!”
Verse 18 – I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people.
Verse 19 – In the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.