When a person accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior he accepts the fact that the life lived is not his own. The writer of Psalm 116 gave all things to God as understood that He alone is the one that can save from this life. God is the deliverer from the darkness and carries us through the world.
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
I believed, even when I spoke: “I am greatly afflicted”;
I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.”
What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
You have loosed my bonds. 17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord! Psalm 116 (ESV)
How beautiful is the public confession of one who loves, trusts, and obeys the Lord our God. Recognizing that we are broken and cannot live righteously without God in our lives is the hardest yet easiest thing we can do. Because of this, the door to our hearts are opened to accept our frailty and give everything over to the only one who can save us.
When we confess our love for God, we enter into a new way of living that is no longer for our own personal satisfaction. Our lives are not our own but now given to be conduits for the Word, the Joy of Heaven, so that others may come to know and love God the way we do. How great is the Lord God Almighty and greatly to be praised.
At the end of our lives, it does not matter how much good we tried to do because we cannot save ourselves from the ultimate price for our sinfulness. Nothing we can do on our own saves us. Only God can do that. He did it through giving His Son, Jesus the Word made flesh, to take on all things that bind us to sin and death and remove them from our sentence which is eternity in darkness.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I pray that all who will seek Him find Him where He has been present all along. That those who desire His Grace and Mercy find it and accept the free gift of life without question or ill intention. That they are covered in the blood and become cleansed never to repeat the sins of the past which trapped them in this world so that their spirits will be free and living in the Kingdom embraced by the Arms of the Father. I pray that we will be the lights that expose the world to His Love and that we can defeat the evils of this world through the Holy Spirit. Be blessed in His Glory.
In God’s Love
Rob, Servant of God