1 Lord, you lifted me up out of my troubles. You did not let my enemies ˻defeat me and˼ laugh at me. So I will show honor to you. 2 Lord my God, I prayed to you. And you healed me. 3 You lifted me out of the grave. You let me live. I did not have to stay with the dead people lying in the pit. 4 God’s followers, sing praises to the Lord! Praise his holy name! 5 God was angry, so the decision was “death.” But he showed his love, and gave me “life.” At night, I lay crying. The next morning, I was happy and singing! 6 When I was safe and secure, I thought nothing could hurt me! 7 Yes, Lord, while you were kind to me, I felt like nothing could defeat me! But when you turned away from me, I became scared and shook with fear. 8 So God, I turned and prayed to you. I asked you to show mercy to me. 9 I said, “God, what good is it if I die and go down into the grave? Dead people just lie in the dirt! They don’t praise you. They don’t tell people how much we can depend on you. 10 Lord, hear my prayer and be kind to me! Lord, help me!” 11 ˻I prayed and you helped me!˼ You changed my crying into dancing. You took away my clothes of sadness. And you wrapped me in happiness. 12 Lord, my God, I will praise you forever, so there will never be silence, and there will always be someone singing songs to honor you.