Psalms 116

1I love it when the the Lord hears my prayers. 2I love it when he listens to me when I call for help. 3˻I almost died!˼ Death’s ropes were wrapped around me. The grave was closing in around me. I was scared and worried. 4Then I called on the Lord’s name. I said: ”Lord, save me!” 5The Lord is good and merciful. God is kind. 6The Lord takes care of helpless people. I was without help, and the Lord saved me. 7My soul, relax! The Lord is caring for you. 8God, you saved my soul from death. You stopped my tears. You kept me from falling. 9I will continue to serve the Lord in the land of the living. 10I continued believing even when I said, ”I am ruined!” 11Yes, even when I was afraid and said, ”All men are liars!” 12What can I give to the Lord? The Lord gave me everything I have! 13He saved me, so I will give him a drink offering. And I will call on the Lord’s name. 14I will give the Lord the things I promised. I will go in front of all his people now. 15The death of one of the Lord’s followers is very important to the Lord. 16Lord, I am one of your servants! I am your servant, a child of one of your servant women. Lord, you were my first teacher! 17I will give you a thank offering. I will call on the Lord’s name. 18I will give the Lord the things I promised. I will go in front of all his people now. 19I will go to the temple in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

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