In Psalm 116 an individual expresses his love for the Lord because the Lord answered his prayer. The Lord’s response to this man’s prayer has convinced him to call on the Lord for the rest of his life.
The writer of this Psalm had been entangled in death through sickness or disease, but had cried out with a simple request:
“O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!” (Ps. 116:4)
The Lord heard this voice and the cry for mercy so he turned his ear to preserve this simple man. The writer then tells his soul to return “to your rest for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.”
As a sign of appreciation and in order to fulfill his vow the author says that he will offer sacrifices of thanksgiving in the temple courts of Jerusalem in the sight of all the people. (Ps. 116:12-19) His intentions are twofold: to honor the Lord for answering his prayer and to teach others to also cry to the Lord for their deliverance.