PSALM 116:1-2 (3-4), 12-19
METER: CM (86 86)
SUGGESTED TUNE: AMAZING GRACE
Other hymns of this meter include "O For a Thousand Tongues" and "O God, Our Help in Ages Past."
NOTE: The United Methodist version of the Revised Common Lectionary for Holy Thursday includes verses 3-4 of this psalm. This is why stanza 2 of this setting is marked with parentheses.
1. I love the Lord, for he hears me;
He list-ens when I pray.
He has in-clined his ear to me,
I'll call him all my life.
(2. The snares of death en-com-passed me,
Its hor-rors dogged my steps;
Dis-tress and an-guish I did know.
I cried, "Lord, save my life.")
3. What shall I ren-der to the Lord
For all his boun-teous gifts?
I will lift up sal-va-tion's cup
And call up-on his name.
4. Be-fore his peo-ple I will pay
My vows un-to the Lord,
For pre-cious in the Lord's sight is
The death of all his saints.
5. I am your serv-ant, O my Lord;
Your pre-cious hand-maid's child.
You loosed my bonds; I'll call your name
And give you thanks and praise.
6. Before his peo-ple I will pay
My vows un-to the Lord
With-in the courts of Yah-weh's house
In Zi-on. Praise the Lord!
Stanzas 1-2 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Supplementary Volume to Sing the Psalms by Dale A. Schoening. Copyright 1992 Dale A. Schoening. Stanzas 3-6 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening. Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.