Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.Psalm 116
The Praise of Israel for Deliverance from Death
1. The Deliverance-Experience (Psalm 116:1-9)
2. Thanksgiving (Psalm 116:10-19)
Redeemed Israel expresseth in this Psalm her love to Jehovah for His gracious deliverances, for answered prayer and for His salvation. They were, during the great tribulation, as a faithful remnant; surrounded by the sorrows of death, the pains of Sheol were upon them. Death stared them in the face. Then they cried to the Lord, and, as of old, He heard them and sent deliverance. He dealt bountifully with them, delivered them from death, the eyes from tears, the feet from falling. And now they serve Him, taking the cup of salvation and performing their vows unto the Lord. The death of those who died in the tribulation period as martyrs is mentioned in Psalm 116:15. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” Compare with Revelation 14:13, which also refers to the Jewish martyrs during the tribulation. The Psalm ends with another hallelujah.