Ps 116:1-19. The writer celebrates the deliverance
from extreme perils by which he was favored, and pledges grateful and
pious public acknowledgments.
1, 2. A truly grateful love will be evinced by
acts of worship, which calling on God expresses (Ps
116:13; Ps 55:16; 86:7;
compare Ps 17:6; 31:2).
3, 4. For similar figures for distress see
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.
5-8. 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," Ps 11:1;
16:10) of rest and peace. All
calamities [Ps 116:8]
are represented by death, tears, and falling of the feet
9. walk before the Lord—act, or live
under His favor and guidance (Ge 17:1; Ps 61:7).
land of the living—(Ps 27:13).
10, 11. Confidence in God opposed to distrust
of men, as not reliable (Ps 68:8, 9). He speaks from an experience of the
result of his faith.
11. in my haste—literally, "terror," or
"agitation," produced by his affliction (compare Ps 31:22).
12-14. These are modes of expressing acts of
worship (compare Ps 116:4; Ps 50:14; Jon 2:9).
13. the cup of salvation—the drink
offering which was part of the thank offering (Nu 15:3-5).
14. now—(compare Ps 115:2). "Oh, that (I may do it)" in the
15, 16. By the plea of being a homeborn
servant, he intimates his claim on God's covenant love to His
17-19. An ampler declaration of his purpose,
designating the place, the Lord's house, or earthly residence in