1 I love the LORD for hearing me,
for listening to my prayers.
2 Yes, he paid attention to me,
so I will always call to him whenever I need help.
3 Death’s ropes were around me.
The grave was closing in on me.
I was worried and afraid.
4 Then I called on the LORD’S name.
I said, “LORD, save me!”
5 The LORD is good and merciful;
our God is so kind.
6 The LORD takes care of helpless people.
I was without help, and he saved me.
7 My soul, relax!
The LORD is caring for you.
8 Lord, you saved my soul from death.
You stopped my tears.
You kept me from falling.
9 I will continue to serve the LORD
in the land of the living.
10 I continued believing even when I said,
“I am completely ruined!”
11 Yes, even when I was upset and said,
“There is no one I can trust!”
12 What can I give the LORD
for all that he has done for me?
13 He saved me,
so I will give him a drink offering,
and I will call on the LORD’S name.
14 I will give the LORD what I promised.
I will go in front of all his people now.
15 Very dear to the LORD are the lives of his followers.
He cares when they face death.
16 LORD, I am your servant!
Yes, I am your slave, as my mother was.
You set me free from the chains of death.
17 I will give you a thank offering.
I will call on the LORD’S name.
18 I will stand before the gathering of his people
and give the LORD what I promised.
19 I will do this in Jerusalem,
in the courtyards of the LORD’S Temple.
Praise the LORD!