You Have Rescued My Soul from Death
You Have Rescued My Soul from Death
We have only one life to live on this earth. But, much more important, we have a soul that lives through eternity — either in heaven or hell. Obviously, what happens to our soul needs to be of much greater concern than anything that happens to our physical body or property.
That is why the psalmist, in Psalm 116:7-11, was obliged to sing,
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
For You have rescued my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
My feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the LORD
In the land of the living.
I believed when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
I said in my alarm,
“All men are liars.”
This psalmist had just faced all sorts of liars, who were misleading him in such ways that he was actually about to lose his soul for all eternity. He was headed for hell and he suddenly realized it. Such an awful realization frightened him, as it well should have. He was totally helpless before those who were determined to take him away from the LORD by hook or by crook.
When God rescued him from the web of lies that he was getting sucked into, he realized that he was actually rescued from eternal death, i.e. eternity in hell. He had almost been stuck on the path of no return. Had God not rescued him, he would have been crying agonizing tears of regret as he stumbled away from the LORD.
But, now that God opened his eyes to see his hell-bound path, he was ever so glad to have the opportunity to “walk before the LORD in the land of the living” once again. What a relief! Saved from an eternity in hell…
As he thought about all the peer pressures and deceitfulness that he had been enduring, he had to cry out, “I am greatly afflicted.” And, when he realized how deceitful these people were in trying to destroy the truth about God, he was so alarmed and horrified, he had to say, “All men are liars.” Who could be trusted if these so-called “friends” of his actually had an agenda that would rob him of truth and eternal life?
But, now that he realized the truth of all these earthly matters and returned to the truth, he could finally breath a sigh of relief, and say, “Return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.” It was God who was lovingly looking for his return all that time. It was the LORD God Almighty who cared so much for him that He sent messages of warning that finally enabled this psalmist to realize the absolute importance of living in God’s word at all times.
God does the same for all of us today. When we stray from our heavenly Father’s truths and salvation, we get these little taps on the shoulder, telling us we need to stick strongly to the truth and get away from every one who is trying to convince us that the LORD God is no different from any philosopher or other religion. Their lies will invent all sorts of pretentious intellectualisms that are dangerous and confusing. They are dangerous and confusing because they have nothing to do with the truth. All lies are confusing because of their untruthfulness.
Let us return to our Creator and Savior, who has proven His love and truthfulness since the beginning of time. Then, we will be able to sing with the psalmist, “Hallelujah! Lord, You have rescued my soul from eternal death. Thank you ever so much for loving me so faithfully and giving me the peace of Your presence.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.