Thesis: The spirit of thanksgiving is found in thanks-living.
2. From the content it appears to have been written after some great act of deliverance by the Lord.
I. THE LORD DELIVERS THOSE WHO DEPEND ON HIM (verses 1-11).
A. Verses 1-2 sum up the psalm; the rest of the psalm "unpacks" the ideas found in these first two verses.
1. I was in great need.
2. The Lord responded to my great need.
3. I am grateful for what the Lord has done.
B. Emphasis on simple trust in God:
1. Verse 4--"O Lord, save me!" (simple, non-theological idea!)
2. Verse 6--"Simplehearted" (not simpleminded--simple trust).
3. Verse 11--"All men are liars" (hyperbole--men cannot ultimately be trusted).
II. HOW CAN I REPAY THE LORD? (verses 12-19).
B. Thanksgiving must become thanks-living; you respond, not in obligation, but in gratitude:
1. Accepting his salvation (13a).
2. Continual dependence on him (13b).
3. Keep promises to God (14).