424. Out of the Depths (Psalm 130)

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1 Out of the depths I cry to you;
O Lord God, hear me calling.
Incline your ear to my distress
in spite of my rebelling.
Do not regard my sinful deeds.
Send me the grace my spirit needs;
without it I am nothing.

2 All things you send are full of grace;
you crown our lives with favor.
All our good works are done in vain
without our Lord and Savior.
We praise you for the gift of faith;
you save us from the grip of death;
our lives are in your keeping.

3 In you alone, O God, we hope,
and not in our own merit.
We rest our fears in your good word;
uphold our fainting spirit.
Your promised mercy is my fort,
my comfort, and my strong support;
I wait for it with patience.

4 My soul is waiting for you, Lord,
as one who longs for morning;
no watcher waits with greater hope
than I for your returning.
I hope as Israel in the Lord,
who sends redemption through the Word.
Praise God for grace and mercy!

Text Information
First Line: Out of the depths I cry to you
Title: Out of the Depths (Psalm 130)
Author: Martin Luther (1524)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Psalm 130; Psalm 40:1-4; Psalm 40:11-12; Psalm 71:2; Psalm 120:1; Habakkuk 2:3-4; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9
Topic: Compassion; Confession; Christ's Return (11 more...)
Source: Trans. composite
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Martin Luther (1524)
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1740)
Key: e minor or modal

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In many times and places, human despair has been described as an experience like being in a deep pit or drowning under much water. That is where this paraphrase of Psalm 130 begins. This setting is especially evocative when sung with the original German text.

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