Meditating on Psalm 116.
I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
2 Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.
3 The pains of death surrounded me,
And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!” (Ps. 116: 1-4)
I read Psalm 116 and cogitate on how to share it as touching my own experience of it. The Lord brings me to that time of my life when strong winds of change touched me for eternity. My salvation was not a slow process (although I know that behind-the-scenes, God had been working towards it from the foundation of the world), but like a tornado which swept me up in a moment.
I was cruising through life the way I had envisioned it to be: successful both in career and business, good health, and abundant wealth. I truly believed it would always stay that way, even though I was also going through turbulent seas as far as my personal life was concerned. But the cup of my sinfulness had reached its fullness (that is, in the eyes of God, but I only had a little notion of it), and so, He brought in the whirlwind. The strike was so sudden I didn’t know what hit me.
One day, I blacked out and when I came around, I felt like I didn’t have a body and I was terrifyingly weak. Then, the dizziness began. A kind which felt like my head would fall off from my shoulders. Next, my legs could hardly walk. When I forced to walk, my back hardened like wood, and I couldn’t take another step then. On top of all the weakness and sicknesses, my mind was gripped with fear so dark and powerful I trembled to the core.
It was in this helpless state that the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, was found by me. For I sought Him, more than the medical specialists. I knew at that time, He was my only hope.
The words of Psalm 116 resonate deeply with me.
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
7 Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
8 For You have delivered my soul from death,
My 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 I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted.” (vv. 5-10)
Friend, have you tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord? Do these words also speak to you as if they were your very own? Would you echo the psalmist’s words, “I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord“? Would you exchange the cup of your afflictions to God’s cup of salvation?
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