Psalm 116

Good Saturdays are sleeping in—or getting up early because we want to—and eating a real breakfast. Good Saturdays are no school, no work, spend time with people we love, or spend time with people we love on Netflix. Good Saturdays are birthday parties, children’s soccer, beach trips, reading something longer than a Facebook post, volunteering to help those we have trouble making time for during the week, and the Psalms.

The Psalms are perfect for Saturdays. Like Saturdays, the Psalms
help us regain the energy a tiring week takes. When we forget how
rich life can be, the Psalms invite us to enjoy life to the fullest. We
back up to look at our life in new ways. We see the big picture.

The writer of Psalm 116 has been through a frightening time—the snares of death encompassed me… I suffered distress and anguish (v. 3). God hears the psalmist’s desperate prayer. God protects the simple (v. 6)— those who cannot fix every problem. God offers rest after hard weeks. God delivers my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling (v. 8).

The poet looks forward to worship: I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD (v. 13). Psalm 116 is part of the Hallel—a collection of Psalms used at Passover. The New Testament writers saw the Lord’s Supper in the “cup of salvation.” At Christ’s table, Christians are redeemed, restored, and revitalized.

Good Saturdays leave us looking forward to renewing our vows to the LORD in the presence of all [God’s] people, in the courts of the house of the LORD (vv. 18-19).


How can you share this Saturday with God?


God, may the gift of this day lead me to give thanks for all of your good gifts. Amen.

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