I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116: 1-2
The psalm opens with a declaration. It is a reaction on the Lord’s hearing the pleas for mercy. This is the order: first the Lord comes to our aid and then we respond with our thankfulness. It is what happens when we come to church. It is a response to the Lord’s love and faithfulness. We would not worship, if not the Lord had come to us first. All the more reason to say: I love the Lord.