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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 116

Psalms 116:1

psa 116:1

The writer celebrates the deliverance from extreme perils by which he was favored, and pledges grateful and pious public acknowledgments. (Psa. 116:1-19)

A truly grateful love will be evinced by acts of worship, which calling on God expresses (Psa 116:13; Psa 55:16; Psa 86:7; compare Psa 17:6; Psa 31:2).

Psalms 116:3

psa 116:3

For similar figures for distress see Psa 18:4-5.

gat hold upon me--Another sense ("found") of the same word follows, as we speak of disease finding us, and of our finding or catching disease.

Psalms 116:5

psa 116:5

The relief which he asked is the result not of his merit, but of God's known pity and tenderness, which is acknowledged in assuring himself (his "soul," Psa 11:1; Psa 16:10) of rest and peace. All calamities [Psa 116:8] are represented by death, tears, and falling of the feet (Psa 56:13).

Psalms 116:9

psa 116:9

walk before the Lord--act, or live under His favor and guidance (Gen 17:1; Psa 61:7).

land of the living-- (Psa 27:13).

Psalms 116:10

psa 116:10

Confidence in God opposed to distrust of men, as not reliable (Psa 68:8-9). He speaks from an experience of the result of his faith.

Psalms 116:11

psa 116:11

in my haste--literally, "terror," or "agitation," produced by his affliction (compare Psa 31:22).

Psalms 116:12

psa 116:12

These are modes of expressing acts of worship (compare Psa 116:4; Psa 50:14; Jon 2:9).

Psalms 116:13

psa 116:13

the cup of salvation--the drink offering which was part of the thank offering (Num 15:3-5).

Psalms 116:14

psa 116:14

now--(compare Psa 115:2). "Oh, that (I may do it)" in the presence, &c.

Psalms 116:15

psa 116:15

By the plea of being a homeborn servant, he intimates his claim on God's covenant love to His people.

Psalms 116:17

psa 116:17

An ampler declaration of his purpose, designating the place, the Lord's house, or earthly residence in Jerusalem.

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