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I Will Call Upon the Lord

I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised

Adapter: Michael O'Shields
Tune: [I Will Call upon the Lord]
Published in 14 hymnals

Audio files: Recording

Adapter: Michael O'Shields

Michael O’Shields was a young minister travelling in Oklahoma and Texas in the 1970s. He was struggling to make ends meet, and it was especially tough when the contribution was pretty meager, so he was calling upon the Lord for very tangible, felt needs when he wrote “I Will Call Upon the Lord”. The song’s pace might make you think he was in a joyful, upbeat mood, but he was likely feeling the opposite deep down. Yet, O’Shields knew what to do – he used the words David wrote in Psalm 18 centuries earlier as praise to God when he had been saved from enemies. It’s illuminating that Michael O’Shields adapted this psalm as his own petition to God, especially since David was already experiencing God’s saving hand. O’Shields m… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised
Title: I Will Call Upon the Lord
Adapter: Michael O'Shields
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Refrain First Line: The Lord liveth, and blessed be the Rock
Copyright: © 1981 Universal-MCA Music Publishing obo Sound III Music.



Instances (1 - 14 of 14)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #109
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #498
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #621Text InfoAudio
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #458
Renew! #15
Sing Joyfully #101
Sing the Faith #2002
Sing With Me #33
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #530
The Faith We Sing #2002
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #38
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #277
Total Praise: Songs and other worship resources for every generation #110
Worship and Rejoice #653