116 1I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. 2He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. 3Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; 4then I called out to God for help: “Please, God!” I cried out. “Save my life!” 5God is gracious—it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God. 6God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me. 7I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. 8Soul, you’ve been rescued from death; Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.” 9I’m striding in the presence of God, alive in the land of the living! 10I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck, 11Despite giving up on the human race, saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.” 12What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me? 13I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God! I’ll pray in the name of God; 14I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, and I’ll do it together with his people. 15When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love him. 16Oh, God, here I am, your servant, your faithful servant: set me free for your service! 17I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of God. 18I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, and I’ll do it in company with his people, 19In the place of worship, in God’s house, in Jerusalem, God’s city. Hallelujah!
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