Psalm 116

1 I love the Lord, because he heard my voice. He heard my cry for his favor.
2 Because he paid attention to me, I will call out to him as long as I live.
3 The ropes of death were wrapped around me. The horrors of the grave came over me. I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called out to the Lord. I cried out, "Lord, save me!"
5 The LORD is holy and kind. Our God is full of tender love.
6 The LORD takes care of those who are as helpless as children. When I was in great need, he saved me.
7 I said to myself, "Be calm. The LORD has been good to me."
8 Lord, you have saved me from death. You have dried the tears from my eyes. You have kept me from tripping and falling.
9 So now I can enjoy life here with you while I'm still living.
10 I believed in you even when I said to myself, "I'm in great pain."
11 When I was terrified, I said to myself, "No one tells the truth."
12 The LORD has been so good to me! How can I ever pay him back?
13 I will bring an offering of wine to the LORD and thank him for saving me. I will worship him.
14 In front of all of the LORD's people, I will do what I promised him.
15 The LORD pays special attention when his faithful people die.
16 Lord, I serve you. I serve you just as my mother did. You have set me free from the chains of my suffering.
17 Lord, I will sacrifice a thank offering to you. I will worship you.
18 In front of all of the LORD's people, I will do what I promised him.
19 I will keep my promise in the courtyards of the LORD's temple. I will keep my promise in Jerusalem itself. Praise the Lord.