Psalm 116

I Love the Lord

1 I love the Lord because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
2 Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!
3 Death wrapped its ropes around me;
the terrors of the grave 1 overtook me.
I saw only trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord :
“Please, Lord , save me!”

5 How kind the Lord is! How good he is!
So merciful, this God of ours!
6 The Lord protects those of childlike faith;
I was facing death, and he saved me.
7 Let my soul be at rest again,
for the Lord has been good to me.

8 He has saved me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
9 And so I walk in the Lord ’s presence
as I live here on earth!

10 I believed in you, so I said,
“I am deeply troubled, Lord .”
11 In my anxiety I cried out to you,
“These people are all liars!”

12 What can I offer the Lord
for all he has done for me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and praise the Lord ’s name for saving me.
14 I will keep my promises to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.

15 The Lord cares deeply
when his loved ones die.
16 O  Lord , I am your servant;
yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord .
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people -
19 in the house of the Lord
in the heart of Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord !

New Living Translation (NLT) Copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc.
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