I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
The LORD has chastened me severely,
but He has not given me over to death. Psalm 118: 17-18
I think this was the first scriptural ‘declaration’ that stood out as a promise I could hold onto not long after being diagnosed. Since then I have come across several healing testimonies where others also found inspiration and hope with the first part of this quote.
The second part also seemed relevant to my situation, in which the diagnosis was like a ‘chastening’ to wake me up from the compromise and complacency I was drifting into.
These verses also declare a purpose for life: to ‘proclaim what the LORD has done’. Life is not given to be spent on our own pleasures.