My Gratefulness To FATHER

One year ago, I was within days of death.  For the fifth time, FATHER delivered me from the adversary and certain death.  Some of you may have come close to death as well and have a greater appreciation for the following Psalm.  Once you have had an experience of this nature, it changes your priorities and your boldness for THE LORD increases.  Your interest in worldly things decreases and you understand that relationships and fellowship is what life is all about.  It seems as those your capacity to Love increases as well even though it was there all the time but you didn’t realize it.  Dwell and meditate on this Psalm today and you will be blessed with peace and rest:

Psalm 116:

1  I love the Lord, because He hears [and continues to hear]
My voice and my supplications (my pleas, my cries, my specific needs).

2  Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call on Him as long as I live.

3  The cords and sorrows of death encompassed me,
And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
I found distress and sorrow.

4  Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, please save my life!”

5  Gracious is the Lord, and [consistently] righteous;
Yes, our God is compassionate.

6  The Lord protects the simple (childlike);
I was brought low [humbled and discouraged], and He saved me.

7  Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

8  For You have rescued my life from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from stumbling and falling.

9  I will walk [in submissive wonder] before the Lord
In the land of the living.

10  I believed [and clung to my God] when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”

11  I said in my alarm,
“All men are liars.”

12  What will I give to the Lord [in return]
For all His benefits toward me?
[How can I repay Him for His precious blessings?]

13  I will lift up the cup of salvation
And call on the name of the Lord.

14  I will pay my vows to the Lord,
Yes, in the presence of all His people.

15  Precious [and of great consequence] in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones [so He watches over them].

16  O Lord, truly I am Your servant;
I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid;
You have unfastened my chains.

17  I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And will call on the name of the Lord.

18  I will pay my vows to the Lord,
Yes, in the presence of all His people,

19  In the courts of the Lord’s house (temple)—
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)  (AMPL)

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