Vs. 3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
Vs. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”
Vs. 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
Vs. 6 The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Vs. 12 What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?
Vs. 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,
Vs. 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
The Psalmist is particularly grateful for God at this time.
Interestingly, he’s grateful because he was “saved” after he was “brought low”.
This was not a man “doing pretty good” and then “got even better”.
This was a man suffering distress and the pains of anguish.
But he’s now grateful to God for His “mercy”.
And he’s not grateful in silent or merely “in his heart”.
He wants to “render to the Lord” and do it “in the presence of all His people”.
The first application seems relatively easy:
When I “suffer distress and anguish”, I need to “CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD”.
The reasons this seems easy are twofold.
First, this is what God’s people have done since Abraham.
When everything is going smoothly, God seems to fade into the back of people’s mind and they get rather proud of themselves.
When we get desperate enough we grasp for the “last gasp” … crying out to God!
Unfortunately, we read too much about “crying out to God” as some last ditch effort to be saved by our lifeguard God.
And God, “in His mercy”, does so. He does and will save us.
The psalmist’s second application seems the more difficult.
After God does step in and save me, do I show my gratitude “in the presence of all His people”?
See, when I’m not “suffering” anymore or I can slip back into to feeling pretty good about myself.
But the psalmist has it right.
After God raises him up, he raises up the cup of salvation and CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD!
Twice in just a few short verses the psalmist CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
Once after “suffering distress,
Then again after “receiving benefits”.
I need to always, in all circumstances, at all times … CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD!
Thank you so much God for this beautiful reminder that you are always to be leaned on and called upon.
You hear me .. always.
In Jesus name,