1I love the Lord, because he heard my voice. He heard my cry for his favor.2Because he paid attention to me, I will call out to him as long as I live.3The ropes of death were wrapped around me. The horrors of the grave came over me. I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.4Then I called out to the Lord. I cried out, “Lord, save me!”5The Lord is holy and kind. Our God is full of tender love.6The Lord takes care of those who are as helpless as children. When I was in great need, he saved me.7I said to myself, “Be calm. The Lord has been good to me.”8Lord, you have saved me from death. You have dried the tears from my eyes. You have kept me from tripping and falling.9So now I can enjoy life here with you while I'm still living.10I believed in you even when I said to myself, “I'm in great pain.”11When I was terrified, I said to myself, “No one tells the truth.”12The Lord has been so good to me! How can I ever pay him back?13I will bring an offering of wine to the Lord and thank him for saving me. I will worship him.14In front of all of the Lord's people, I will do what I promised him.15The Lord pays special attention when his faithful people die.16Lord, I serve you. I serve you just as my mother did. You have set me free from the chains of my suffering.17Lord, I will sacrifice a thank offering to you. I will worship you.18In front of all of the Lord's people, I will do what I promised him.19I will keep my promise in the courtyards of the Lord's temple. I will keep my promise in Jerusalem itself. Praise the Lord.
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I Love the Lord
1I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. (Ps 18:1; Ps 66:19; Ps 118:21)2Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. (Ps 31:2)3The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. (Ps 18:4)4Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!” (Ps 18:6; Ps 118:5)5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. (Ezr 9:15; Ne 9:8; Ps 7:9; Ps 62:12; Ps 86:15; Ps 119:137; Ps 145:17; Jer 12:1; Da 9:7)6The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. (Ps 19:7; Ps 79:8; Ps 142:6)7Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. (Ps 13:6; Jer 6:16; Mt 11:28)8For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; (Ps 49:15; Ps 56:13; Ps 86:13)9I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living. (Ps 27:13)10I believed, even when I spoke: “I am greatly afflicted”; (Ps 39:3; 2Co 4:13)11I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.” (Ps 31:22; Ps 62:9)12What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? (2Ch 32:25)13I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, (Ps 16:5; Ps 99:6; Ps 105:1)14I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. (Ps 50:14)15Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Ps 50:5; Ps 72:14)16O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds. (Job 12:18; Ps 86:16; Ps 113:1; Ps 119:125; Ps 143:12)17I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. (Ps 50:14; Ps 116:13)18I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, (Ps 116:14)19in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! (Ps 92:13; Ps 104:35)