Psalm 116

Words: Isaac Watts


Recovery from sickness.

   1  I love the Lord; he heard my cries,
         And pitied ev'ry groan;
      Long as I live, when troubles rise,
         Iíll hasten to his throne.

   2  I love the Lord; he bowed his ear,
         And chased my griefs away;
      O let my heart no more despair,
         While I have breath to pray!

   3  My flesh declined, my spirits fell,
         And I drew near the dead;
      While inward pangs and fears of hell
         Perplexed my wakeful head.

   4  "My God," I cried, "thy servant save,
         Thou ever good and just;
      Thy power can rescue from the grave,
         Thy power is all my trust."

   5  The Lord beheld me sore distressed,
         He bid my pains remove;
      Return, my soul, to God thy rest,
         For thou hast known his love.

   6  My God hath saved my soul from death,
         And dried my falling tears;
      Now to his praise I '1l spend my breath,
         And my remaining years.

PART 2:  12, &c. PART 2. 
   Vows made in trouble paid in the church.

   1  What shall I render to my God
         For all his kindness shown?
      My feet shall visit thine abode,
         My songs address thy throne.

   2  Among the saints that fill thine house
         My off'rings shall be paid;
      There shall my zeal perform the vows
         My soul in anguish made.

   3  How much is mercy thy delight,
         Thou ever-blessed God!
      How dear thy servants in thy sight!
         How precious is their blood!

   4  How happy all thy servants are!
         How great thy grace to me!
      My life, which thou hast made thy care,
         Lord, I devote to thee.

   5  Now I am thine, for ever thine,
         Nor shall my purpose move;
      Thy hand hath loosed my bonds of pain,
         And bound me with thy love.

   6  Here in thy courts I leave my vow,
         And thy rich grace record;
      Witness, ye saints, who hear me now,
         If I forsake the Lord.

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