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Praying the Psalms -Psalm 116-

 23.11.10





I love you, my Lord,
because you have heard my voice and my pleas for mercy;
-so many times I have sinned and you have brought me before You
 to ask forgiveness, only to find mercy at your feet.


I love you, my Lord,
because you have inclined your ear to me.
 - who else can I call day and night?
    who else will hear my heart beat
    and my deepest dreams?
Therefore I will call on you as long as I live.


When the snares of death encompassed me:
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me:
when I have suffered distress and anguish
I have called on your name:
"O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!"


- Lord, I am so thankful for this, 
  you not only hear my weary voice,
  but you hear to answer my cry.
  
-Lord, I am forever thankful, because
 you turn your ear to hear the voice of 
 your people, your delight is in answering our pleas.


Gracious you are O Lord,
Righteous and merciful you are, my God;
You preserve the simple;
When I was brought low, you saved me.


- Lord,  your deeds are too wonderful for me to grasp,
 you delight in raising up the low;
 It amazes me that you, the Most Holy One,
 will  stretch out your hand to save sinners like me 
 from the darkest pit.


-O my soul, don't be anxious for nothing,
 have you forgotten Who the Lord is?
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.


-Lord, I am grateful because in my iniquity,
 you came to me and cleansed me,
 and not only that but you have dealt  with me
 with many blessings, with many gifts,
 I don't deserve any of those,
 yet you have dealt with me bountifully!


Lord, my God, you have delivered my soul from
death
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling;


My heart can't comprehend your grace!
I am yours, all my gratitude is due to you!


Because of your perfect sacrifice,
Because of your amazing grace,
I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.


What shall I render to You,
O Most High God for all your benefits to me?


What shall I render to you,
O Most High God for all your benefits to me?


I will lift up the cup of salvation
 and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all His people.


Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of hos saints.
O Lord, I am your servant;
You have loosened my bonds.


For this I am grateful, O Lord,
for who is he who buys a servant
only to make Him free?
It is only you, O Lord, who looses
the bonds that separated me
from your divine love!


I will offer to you the sacrifice of
thanksgiving
and call upon your name, O Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of His people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
In your midst, O Jerusalem,


Praise the Lord!
















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