Psalm 116

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    I love the Lord, because my voice
       and prayers he did hear.
2    I, while I live, will call on him,
       who bow'd to me his ear.
3    Of death the cords and sorrows did
       about me compass round;
     The pains of hell took hold on me,
       I grief and trouble found.

4    Upon the name of God the Lord
       then did I call, and say,
     Deliver thou my soul, O Lord,
       I do thee humbly pray.
5    God merciful and righteous is,
       yea, gracious is our Lord.
6    God saves the meek: I was brought low,
       he did me help afford.

7    O thou my soul, do thou return
       unto thy quiet rest;
     For largely, lo, the Lord to thee
       his bounty hath exprest.
8    For my distressed soul from death
       deliver'd was by thee:
     Thou didst my mourning eyes from tears,
       my feet from falling, free.

9    I in the land of those that live
       will walk the Lord before.
10   I did believe, therefore I spake:
       I was afflicted sore.
11   I said, when I was in my haste,
       that all men liars be.
12   What shall I render to the Lord
       for all his gifts to me?

13   I'll of salvation take the cup,
       on God's name will I call:
14   I'll pay my vows now to the Lord
       before his people all.
15   Dear in God's sight is his saints' death.
16     Thy servant, Lord, am I;
     Thy servant sure, thine handmaid's son:
       my bands thou didst untie.

17   Thank-off `rings I to thee will give,
       and on God's name will call.
18   I'll pay my vows now to the Lord
       before his people all;
19   Within the courts of God's own house,
       within the midst of thee,
     O city of Jerusalem.
       Praise to the Lord give ye.

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