Psalm CXVI

A dear brother of mine, Tim (you can find his blog here), and I wrote this song based off of Psalm CXVI (116). This particular Psalm has been one of my favorites for many years. The Psalmist begins by exclaiming “I love the Lord, for He has heard my voice… I was entangled in death… but He delivered me.” But I think the most incredible moment in this Psalm takes place in verses 12 & 13. He asks “What can I give to the Lord for all of His goodness toward me?” And his response is something beautifully profound: “I will accept His offer of salvation and give thanks.”

There is nothing we can do, nothing we can give, nothing we can offer up to God (for He is both the Author and the Finisher of our faith), so our only response is simply this: thank You.

In Him our souls find rest.

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Psalm CXVI listen | learn or learn (guitar friendly)

verse 1
I love the Lord for He has heard my voice and cries for mercy
As long as I live I will call on His name
While in distress, entangled in death, the bonds of hell laid hold of me
But He heard my call and rescued my soul from the grave

verse 2
Jesus came down, laying His crown aside to take my place,
And carried my sin in His body on the tree
Jesus is love, and yet He is just, His hands and feet pour out His grace
For there on the cross, He swallowed Godʼs wrath for me

chorus
Be at rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has been good to you
Be at rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has been good

bridge
Christ has delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears and my feet from the fall
My hope is found in Jesus alone
The Conquerer of sin and the Savior of all

verse 3
How can I live, and what can I give to God for all Heʼs done?
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

chorus
Be at rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has been good to you
Be at rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has been good

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4 thoughts on “Psalm CXVI

  1. Thanks man! This is a good one. Do you have the ability to (easily, via software or some such thing) knock the whole down or up to a guitar friendly key? Like A, or G.

    I’m going to add this to your hymnal (which I’ve used many times here already). It’s a constant source of encouragement to us!

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