Tuesday, December 09, 2003

It all comes back to Ps. 116. This is from The Message, courtesy of

Psa 116:1 I love GOD because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy.
Psa 116:2 He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him.
Psa 116:3 Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. Up against it, I didn't know which way to turn;
Psa 116:4 then I called out to GOD for help: "Please, GOD!" I cried out. "Save my life!"
Psa 116:5 GOD is gracious--it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God.
Psa 116:6 GOD takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.
Psa 116:7 I said to myself, "Relax and rest. GOD has showered you with blessings.
Psa 116:8 Soul, you've been rescued from death; Eye, you've been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling."
Psa 116:9 I'm striding in the presence of GOD, alive in the land of the living!
Psa 116:10 I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck,
Psa 116:11 Despite giving up on the human race, saying, "They're all liars and cheats."
Psa 116:12 What can I give back to GOD for the blessings he's poured out on me?
Psa 116:13 I'll lift high the cup of salvation--a toast to GOD! I'll pray in the name of GOD;
Psa 116:14 I'll complete what I promised GOD I'd do, and I'll do it together with his people.
Psa 116:15 When they arrive at the gates of death, GOD welcomes those who love him.
Psa 116:16 Oh, GOD, here I am, your servant, your faithful servant: set me free for your service!
Psa 116:17 I'm ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of GOD.
Psa 116:18 I'll complete what I promised GOD I'd do, and I'll do it in company with his people,
Psa 116:19 In the place of worship, in GOD's house, in Jerusalem, GOD's city. Hallelujah!