“I love Yahweh
Because he has heard my voice.
He has heard my supplications.
Therefore I will call on him
As long as I live,
Because he inclined his ear to me.
The snares of death encompassed me.
The pangs of Sheol laid hold of me.
I suffered distress.
I suffered anguish.
Then I called on the name of Yahweh.
Save my life!’”
Psalm 116 is a thanksgiving psalm without any titles. This psalm begins with the psalmist talking about how he loves Yahweh because Yahweh has heard his voice. Unlike the psalms that ask God to listen, this psalmist has already had his prayers answered. Yahweh heard his voice and supplications because he inclined his ear to him. The result is that he will always call upon Yahweh as long as he lives. He apparently was near his death in great distress and anguish almost near Sheol. Then he called out the name of Yahweh and he was saved. This is like a call to prayer for the others in the congregation.