In The Presence Of All The People (Deuteronomy 25; Psalm 116)

“I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.”  Psalm 116:14

“I blew it.”  These were the words spoken by a person in our church after an encounter with a neighbor.  Question, “How did this person blow it?”  Did this person blow it in doing something wrong?  Or could it be something else?

Often we get upset when we do something wrong or we say something wrong.  And we should get upset when we fail.  But this was not the issue.  The person who said this was broken-hearted because they failed in an opportunity to share the gospel with the person they had been paying for.  Wow, what a perspective!!!

In Psalm 116, we see (In his writing) the Psalmist who has cried out to God for mercy. We discover how God responded to his cry.  His encounter with God left a visible impression on his life.  Notice his testimony before the people:

I.  I was a dead man, Vs: 3-4

This man was praying for mercy.  Our God came in mercy to deliver him from the body of death.

II.  I became a living man, Vs: 5-8

God was is gracious, righteous, and merciful took the dead man and made him a living man.  The Psalmist describes God power, “He delivered my soul from death, He delivered my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.  

III.  I know want to be a dedicated man, Vs: 9-19

The Psalmist was now able to walk in the land of the living.  His greatest desire was to magnify the salvation (Lift up the cup) of this glorious God.  He would seek to live for God in the power of the Spirit of God.

Brothers and sisters, this is what this church member wanted their neighbor to know about.  This is what we should want our neighbors to know about as well.

In the New Testament the Apostle Paul shared these very same truths with the church at Ephesus.  For further reading, check out Ephesians 2:1-10.

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