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G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Psalms 116



Verses 1-19

This is the fourth song of the Hallel. In it the note of triumph over death, with which the last one closed, is elaborated. The singer had evidently been in some grave peril in which he had practically despaired of life. From the peril he had been delivered by Jehovah, and now he sings His praise. It has two movements. The first tells of his love, and declares its reason and its issue (vv. Psalms 116:1-9). The second tells of his resulting faith, breaks forth into new exultation, and affirms his determination to praise (vv. Psalms 116:10-19).

His love is the outcome of Jehovah’s love manifested on his behalf when in the very bonds of death he cried to Him. The issue is that he will walk before Jehovah. His faith thus confirmed, he breaks into new song, and dedicates himself afresh to the high service of thanksgiving.

Whatever the local circumstances which gave rise to this song, it is evident that all its rich meaning was fulfilled, when in the midst of that little company of perplexed souls, the shadows of the One Death already on Him, Jesus sang this song of prophetic triumph over the sharpness of the hour of passion to which He was passing. He has made it over to all His own as their dtriumph song over death.


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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 116:4". "G. Campbell Morgan Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.

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