O LORD, come quickly; hear me prayVersifier: Marie J. Post (1985)
Tune: WHEN JESUS WEPT
Published in 3 hymnals
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1 O LORD, come quickly; hear me pray
with lifted hands at close of day.
May all my evening prayers arise
like incense from the sacrifice.
2 Guard lips and heart, without, within,
so that I do not relish sin.
LORD, let my footsteps never stray
where evildoers point the way.
3 O righteous LORD, your chastisement,
through friend or foe, in love is sent.
Though grievous, it will profit me;
a healing ointment it will be.
4 When evil deeds disrupt my days,
my prayers condemn those evil ways.
The wicked heed my words too late,
when they are faced with death's dark gate.
5 Keep me from traps that sinners set;
may they be caught in their own net.
Though I am burdened and distressed,
I look, O LORD, to you for rest.
A prayer asking for God's help to keep the psalmist from joining the evil ways of the wicked.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = v. 5a
st. 4 = vv. 5b-7
st. 5 = vv. 8-10
Beginning with a plea that God hear his prayer (st. 1), the psalmist asks the LORD to keep him from yielding to wicked people's enticements to join them in their evil deeds (st. 2; see Prov. 1:10-19). It is better to suffer chastisement that turns from sinful ways than to enjoy the momentary fruits of wickedness (st. 3). They are a trap that can lead only to destruction (st. 4). Keep me from these ensnaring enticements, 0 LORD, says the psalmist, to preserve me from certain death (st. 5). Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified Psalm 141 in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Psalm 141 serves especially well to conclude an evening service. In churches that have a history of daily prayer services, this psalm is traditionally sung during evening prayer.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 3 of 3)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #384||O LORD, Come Quickly; Hear Me Pray||O LORD, come quickly; hear me pray||WHEN JESUS WEPT||Martin Tel ; Marie J. Post||126.96.36.199||Psalm 141; Psalm 141:1-2; Psalm 141:3-4; Psalm 141:5; Psalm 141:5-7; Psalm 141:8-10||2013||Daily Prayer | Evening; Time ||
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #141A||O LORD, Come Quickly Hear Me Pray||O LORD, come quickly; hear me pray||WHEN JESUS WEPT||Marie J. Post; Martin Tel||188.8.131.52||Psalm 141||2012||Conflict | ; Daily Prayer | Evening Prayer; Evil | ; God | Obedience to; God's | Love; Lament | General; Life Stages | Death; Prayer | ; Suffering | ; Worship ||
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #141||O LORD, Come Quickly; Hear Me Pray||O LORD, come quickly; hear me pray||QUEBEC||Marie J. Post||LM||Psalm 141||1987||Laments | ; Evening ||