Psalm 116 – “Thanksgiving”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist gives thanks to God for answering his prayer in a time of need.

II. Photo
The psalmist gives thanks: “I raise the cup of deliverance and invoke the name of the Lord.” (vv. 12-13)

III. Select Verses    
1-4: I love the LORD for He hears my voice, my pleas; for He turns His ear to me whenever I call. The bonds of death encompassed me; the torments of Sheol overtook me. I came upon trouble and sorrow and I invoked the name of the LORD, “O LORD, save my life!”
7: Be at rest, once again, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.
8: You have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
12-13: How can I repay the LORD for all His bounties to me? I raise the cup of deliverance and invoke the name of the LORD.
16-19:  O LORD, I am Your servant, Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have undone the cords that bound me. I will sacrifice a thank offering to You and invoke the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the house of the LORD, in the midst of Jerusalem. Hallelujah.

IV. Outline
1-2. Rationale
3-4. Account of complaint and petition
5-6a. Hymnic praise
6b. Account of salvation
7. Personal motivation
8. Thanksgiving
9-11. Trust and rationale
12-19a. Vow and Thanksgiving
19b. Postscript

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tuned.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard. Psalms Part 2 and Lamentations (Forms of Old Testament Literature; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
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