In sweet communion, Lord, with TheeTune: PRAYER (Butcher)
Published in 10 hymnals
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1 In sweet communion, Lord, with Thee
I constantly abide;
My hand Thou holdest in Thy own
To keep me near Thy side.
2 Thy counsel through my earthly way
Shall guide me and control,
And then to glory afterward
Thou wilt receive my soul.
3 Whom have I, Lord, in heaven but Thee,
To Whom my thoughts aspire?
And, having Thee, on earth is naught
That I can yet desire?
4 Tho' flesh and heart should faint and fail,
The Lord will ever be
The strength and portion of my heart,
My God eternally.
5 To live apart from God is death,
'Tis good His face to seek;
My refuge is the living God,
His praise I long to speak.
The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912
st. 1 = Ps. 73:23
st. 2 = Ps. 73:24
st. 3 = Ps. 73:25
st. 4 = Ps. 73:26
st. 5 = Ps. 73:27-28
This text is a paraphrase of the final segment of a wisdom psalm, Psalm 73:23-28 (for general comments on this psalm see PHH 73). The versification of the text (usually one biblical verse per stanza) is a revision of that found in the 1912 Psalter.
"In Sweet Communion" sets forth the joy of walking closely with God (st. 1 and 5), following his directives (st. 2), shunning earthly distractions (st. 3), and experiencing his comfort and power. The final stanza proclaims the wisdom theme of the psalm: "To live apart from God is death; 'tis good his face to seek."
Worship that focuses on the teaching "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #346||In Sweet Communion, Lord, with You||In sweet communion, Lord, with you||PRAYER||188.8.131.52||Psalm 73; Psalm 73:27-28; Psalm 73:26; Psalm 73:23; Psalm 73:24; Psalm 73:25||2013||Jesus Christ | Presence; Walk with God |||<i>Psalter</i>, 1912, alt.|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #73B||In Sweet Communion, Lord, with You||In sweet communion, Lord, with you||PRAYER||184.108.40.206.||Psalm 73||2012||Affliction | ; Angels | ; Biblical Names and Places | Israel; Bitterness | ; Boasting | ; Church Year | Advent; Desiring God | ; Discipleship | ; Doubt | ; Eternal Life | ; God as | Refuge; God as | King; God's | Seeing; God's | Deeds; God's | Forgiveness; God's | Goodness; God's | Nearness; God's | Presence; Grace | ; Hope | ; Humanity | Redeemed by God; Humanity | Sustained by God; Jesus Christ | Teacher; Judgment | ; Life Stages | Death; New Creation | ; Occasional Services | Funerals; Occasional Services | New Year; People of God / Church | Citizens of Heaven; Salvation | ; Temple | ; Ten Commandments | 10th Commandment (do not covet); Victory | ; Wisdom Psalms | ; Witness |||<cite>Psalter</cite>, 1912, alt. (Hymn); <cite>New Living Translation</cite> (Psalm text)|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #554||In Sweet Communion, Lord, with You||In sweet communion, Lord, with you||PRAYER||CM||Psalm 73:23-28||1987||Walk with God |||<i>Psalter</i>, 1912, alt.|
|The Cyber Hymnal #3047||In Sweet Communion||In sweet communion, Lord, with Thee||PRAYER (Butcher)||Anonymous||CM||From <cite>The Psalter</cite> (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 203|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #657||In Sweet Communion, Lord, with Thee||In sweet communion, Lord, with thee||ST. FLAVIAN||C.M.||Psalm 73:23-28||1990||The Christian Life | Love for God; Communion with Christ and God | ; Longing for Christ and God |||<i>The Psalter</i>, 1912|