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I Love the Lord; He Heard My Cry (refrain) (Psalm 116)

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

The cry of thanks expressed in Psalm 116 is illustrated in other narratives, particularly in the New Testament. See, for example, the story of the Canaanite Woman in Matthew 18:21-28, the leper in Mark 1:40-45, the paralyzed man in Mark 2:1-12, Lazarus’s friends and family in John 11:45 and 12:1-3, and other similar instances.
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I Love the Lord; He Heard My Cry (refrain) (Psalm 116)

Call to Worship

I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord ;
let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord , and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
—Psalm 34:1-4, 8, NRSV
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Words of Praise

Refrain
I love the LORD  , for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me,
the anguish of the grave came over me;
I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the LORD :
“LORD , save me!”

The LORD  is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
The LORD  protects the unwary;
when I was brought low, he saved me.

Return to your rest, my soul,
for the LORD  has been good to you.
For you, LORD , have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the LORD 
in the land of the living.
Refrain
I trusted in the LORD  when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted”;
in my alarm I said,
“Everyone is a liar.”

What shall I return to the LORD 
for all his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD .

I will fulfill my vows to the LORD 
in the presence of all his people.

Refrain
Precious in the sight of the LORD 
is the death of his faithful servants.
Truly I am your servant, LORD ;
I serve you just as my mother did;
you have freed me from my chains.

I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
and call on the name of the LORD .
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD 

Confession

The psalmist declares:
I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
We gather as a community in need of a Savior.
We offer our honest confession,
in faith and trust in our covenant God,
knowing that God hears our voice.
—based on Psalm 116:1-2, NRSV
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two
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