What Shall I Return? (Psalm 116)

The Lord has heard my voice and plea, I prayed, “Lord, save my life.”

The Lord  inclined an ear to me ‘mid snares of death and strife. 

The Lord is gracious, merciful, to people such as me.

My soul can rest in God who deals with people bountifully.

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From death I’ve been delivered and my eyes are free of tears.

My feet as well from stumbling. I walk living with no fears.

When stricken and afflicted, thinking everyone a liar

My faith in God remained, though all around me things were dire.

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God’s given me so much and I have nothing to return,

But worship and devotion and a way of life to learn.

The lives and deaths of faithful folk are precious to the Lord.

God’s servants find their freedom in the sacraments and word.

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Give thanks and offer sacrifice and call upon God’s name. 

Where congregations gather, join the song and raise the strain.

In city, country, wilderness; alone and in a crowd.

Raise praising unto heaven. Sing with confidence out loud.  

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Photo: by Akira Hojo on Unsplash  

Source: Psalm 116

Text:  © David Alexander, 2020

Tune: Cripplegate, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2014/Score/IHopedThatWith-Cripplegate.pdf

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

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