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I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
I said in my haste, All men are liars.
What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

116:9 land of the living. This verse certainly implies a future bodily resurrection. The Psalm 116:8 expressed confidence in deliverance from death, and Psalm 116:15 assures us that the death of God’s saints is seen by God and is precious in His sight.

116:12 all His benefits. God has given multitudes of benefits to every person. “He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25). There is only one thing we can do to repay Him—that is, to receive His “cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord” (Psalm 116:13). When certain men asked Jesus how they could work the works of God, He answered: “Believe on Him whom He hath sent” (John 6:28-29). Jesus has drunk the bitter cup of God’s judgment for us (Matthew 26:39), so now our “cup runneth over” with “goodness and mercy” (Psalm 23:5-6).

116:13 the cup of salvation. The answer to the question in Psalm 116:12 (“what shall I render unto the Lord?”) is simply to accept His great gift of salvation. Compare John 6:28-29. The cup of salvation provides “living water...springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:10,14). We can now say: “My cup runneth over,...and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever” (Psalm 23:5-6).

116:15 death of his saints. Although death is the great enemy of all men, those who have been redeemed and forgiven no longer need fear its “sting” (I Corinthians 15:55) or drown in its sorrow (I Thessalonians 4:13), knowing that death is merely an entrance into the joyful presence of their Savior, to whom they are like precious gems (Malachi 3:17).

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