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Rescued My Soul from Death

August 12, 2018

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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 Thou hast 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 breathe 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  [ the Bible ] 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 truths of God’s word in the Bible  and get away  from every one  who is trying  to convince us  that the LORD God is no different  from any philosopher,  man-made doctrine,  or other religion.     Their lies will invent  all sorts  of  pretentious intellectualisms  that are dangerous  and confusing  —  not to mention changing.      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.”

Love,
Margaret

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