Let Me Count The Ways I Love The Lord
Ken D. Trivette
Psalm 116 1-8
 In the 19th century, a 15 year old English girl named Elizabeth Barrett suffered a spinal injury and was confined to her room. She resigned herself to a life of isolation and invalidism. But her extraordinary poems brought many admirers to her bedside. Among them was a Robert Browning who convinced her that he illness was largely imaginary. They fell in love and eloped to Italy in 1846.
Her immortal "Sonnets From The Portuguese," written for her husband, express the deep love she had for him:
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace."
 In much the same way, in Psalm 116 the Psalmist expresses his love for the Lord. He says in vs.1 "I love the Lord" and then begans to state some of the reasons why he loves the Lord.
 The Bible has much to say about our love for the Lord.
Mt.10:37 "He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me."
Mk.12:30 "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:"
 Yet, as I think of our love for the Lord, I am reminded that my love for Him is motivated and brought into being by His love for me. (Cp. I John 4:9). Our love is a consequent love.
 He loves me with an undeserved love.
 He loves me with an undying love.
[7} Cp. George Matheson: "Oh love that wilt not let me go. I rest my weary soul in Thee."
 His love for me is never on trial or in question. Yet our love for Him is constantly being challenged and questioned.
1. BECAUSE HE HEARS ME!
 (VS.1-2) The Psalmist describes 2 distinct responses to his voice and supplication.
A. HE LENDS AN EAR TO OUR PRAYERS.
 "Heard" God listens, pays attention to wha ...
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