Expositor's Dictionary of Texts
I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.Psalm 116:10
Ernest Naville, the eminent philosopher of Geneva, wrote to the Countess de Gasparin in 1892: 'I often ask myself what view, as death approaches, can be taken of their own past by men of letters who have used their pens in the service of evil passions, or have employed their talent in spreading a doubt which consumes them and the melancholy effects of which they cannot fail to recognize. People of that sort arouse within me feelings which fluctuate between scorn and pity. Happy are those who can say, borrowing the words of Holy Scripture, "I believed, therefore have I spoken".'
—La Comtesse Agénor de Gasparin et sa Famille, pp. 426, 427.
References.—CXVI. 13.—H. M. Butler, Harrow School Sermons (2nd Series), p. 89. CXVI. 15.—J. Keble, Sermons for the Saints' Days, p. 30. CXVI. 16.—Spurgeon, Sermons to Young Men, p. 325. CXVI.—International Critical Commentary, vol. ii. p. 397.
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.