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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 116: Testimony & Thankfulness for Sickness Deliverance


[Preliminary Comments: This is a psalm of both testimony and thankfulness. The psalmist had cried out to the Lord [v.1,2,4] when he seemed to be on the verge of death [v.3] – presumably from an illness for no enemies are mentioned. Now he is able to personally testify to the Lord's saving power [v.5-9]. He had been afflicted [v.10] and he had had to reject others who had misrepresented his predicament [v.11]. Now delivered from this illness, he wonders what he should do [v.12] and concludes he should testify before the people [v.13,14] as the Lord has blessed him as He had blessed his family in the past [v.15,16]. Now he will also comply with the Law and offer the appropriate sacrifices [v.17-19]. Observe the process revealed in the psalm.]



v.1,2 A testimony of love & praise because God saved him


v.1  I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
     he heard my cry for mercy.
v.2  Because he turned his ear to me,
     I will call on him as long as I live.


v.3,4 He had been on the verge of death when he cried to the Lord to help


v.3  The cords of death entangled me,
     the anguish of the grave came over me;
     I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
v.4  Then I called on the name of the Lord:
     ‘ Lord , save me!'


v.5,6 Now he testifies to the Lord's goodness & protection that he has experienced


v.5  The Lord is gracious and righteous;
     our God is full of compassion.
v.6  The Lord protects the unwary;
     when I was brought low, he saved me.


v.7-9 Now he may rest in peace having been delivered by the Lord


v.7  Return to your rest, my soul,
     for the Lord has been good to you.

v.8  For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
     my eyes from tears,
     my feet from stumbling,
v.9  that I may walk before the Lord
     in the land of the living.


v.10,11 He had trusted in the Lord when he had cried out in distress


v.10  I trusted in the Lord when I said,
     ‘I am greatly afflicted';
v.11  in my alarm I said,
     ‘Everyone is a liar.'


v.12 Now delivered, he wonders what he should do in response


v.12  What shall I return to the Lord
     for all his goodness to me?


v.13,14 He will honour the Lord before all others


v.13   I will lift up the cup of salvation
     and call on the name of the Lord.
v.14   I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
     in the presence of all his people.


v.15,16 God watches over the deaths of His children, but delights in deliverance


v.15  Precious in the sight of the Lord
     is the death of his faithful servants.
v.16  Truly I am your servant, Lord;
     I serve you just as my mother did;
     you have freed me from my chains.


v.17-19 So now he obey the Law and sacrifice the thank-offerings due to the Lord


v.17   I will sacrifice a thank-offering to you
     and call on the name of the Lord.
v.18   I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
     in the presence of all his people,
v.19  in the courts of the house of the Lord  –
     in your midst, Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.



[Additional Comments: There is a process revealed in this psalm: sickness, calling on the Lord, deliverance, praise, thanks, testimony, and thanksgiving-sacrifices. Read back through it and observe these components of it.]




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