Psalm 116: Praise for Healing

For what reasons should we love the Lord?

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Psalm 116:1 I love the Lord, because he listens to me and answers my prayers.
King James
Psalm 116:1 I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

How well does God listen to us when we pray?

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Psalm 116:2 Since he doesn’t miss a word I say, I am free to call upon him all the time.
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Psalm 116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Why does anticipation of death bring distress and grief?

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Psalm 116:3 In deep sorrow, I anticipated death, already gripped in the pain of the grave. In distress and grief, I had nowhere to turn.
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Psalm 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

What do we have on Earth that should keep us from wanting to be in Heaven?

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Psalm 116:4 Then I cried out to God for help, saying, “Lord, please. Don’t let me die.”
2 Corinthians 5:8 Without a doubt, we would rather be free from our earthly bodies so we can be at home with the Lord.
Philippians 1:23–24 I’m caught between two desires: do I want to live for the betterment of others or to die and be with Christ? The latter would be much better for me, 24 but for your sake, I need to remain.
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Psalm 116:4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Philippians 1:23–24 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

If our righteous God is so gracious, why does our rescue often come when we are at an all-time low?

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Psalm 116:5–6 Our righteous Lord is so gracious, full of mercy and compassion. The Lord protects the innocent. When I was at an all-time low, he rescued me.
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Psalm 116:5–6 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. 6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

What do we gain by telling ourselves what we already know?

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Psalm 116:7 Relax, I told myself, the Lord will take care of me.
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Psalm 116:7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.

How can we know that God, not a natural healing process, saved us from death?

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Psalm 116:8–9 Lord, you saved me from death, wiped the tears from my eyes, and kept me from stumbling. Now I will walk in your presence among the living here on Earth.
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Psalm 116:8–9 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

What is the significance of trusting God “while we suffer”?

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Psalm 116:10 In my pain and suffering, I trusted you and declared my faith.
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Psalm 116:10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

To what extent should we trust people?

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Psalm 116:11 Fearful and distressed, I said, “People are liars and can’t be trusted.”
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Psalm 116:11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.

How can we improve our expressions of gratitude for the good that the Lord has done for us?

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Psalm 116:12–14 How can I express my gratitude to the Lord for being so good to me? I will make a toast to declare his greatness and exalt the name of the Lord. In the presence of his people, I will keep the promises I made to the Lord.
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Psalm 116:12–14 What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people.

How far should we go in our commitment to Christ?

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Psalm 116:15–17 God places the highest value on those who are willing to die for him.
I am your loyal servant, Lord, just as my mother was. You gave me freedom, and I chose to please you. In my gratitude, I will make sacrifices and proclaim how wonderful you are.
Luke 9:23 Then he taught his disciples. “If anyone wants to follow me, he must sacrifice his selfish desires. Take up your cross, and then you can follow me.”
Revelation 12:10–11 A booming voice from above said, “Salvation and power has come through God’s dominion and Christ’s authority. Satan, who has been accusing the people day and night, is now cast down. The people have overcome Satan by the sacrifice of the Lamb, by giving their testimonies, and by complete surrender to God’s will, even unto death.”
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Psalm 116:15–17 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Revelation 12:10–11 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

How important is making our relationship with the Lord known to others?

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Psalm 116:18–19 Before your people, I will keep the promises I made to you, Lord.
In your Temple courts in Jerusalem, I will shout praises to you.
Matthew 10:33–34 But anyone who denies me before men I will deny before my Father in Heaven. Do not assume that I came to bring peace on Earth. Instead of peace, I bring a sword.
King James
Psalm 116:18–19 I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.
Matthew 10:33–34 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.