12. How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? 13. I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. 14. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. 16. O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant;
you have freed me from my chains. 17. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. 18. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19. In the courts of the house of the Lord—in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
In a Psalm which celebrates acts of devotion to God, verse 15, on the “death of his saints”, seems out of place. Midst the present-oriented fulfillment of vows and thanks offerings, there looms inevitable death at some future date. Yet, a person who lives in commitment to the Divine need not fear the future. The Psalmist also alludes to the past in verse 16 in “son of your maidservant” and liberation “from my chains”. To a person who commits her life entirely to the God of Heaven, past, and future, as well as the present, are held in the Divine Light.
We raise our voices to you in praise our Dearest Savior Christ! Yet, our song is dampened by our fears and losses. Build us up, Dear Savior, bring us health, bring us peace! Empower our breath to sing to you, our hands to aid the least of these.