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O LORD, Come Quickly; Hear Me Pray

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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.

Versifier: Marie J. Post

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Text Information

First Line: O LORD, come quickly; hear me pray
Title: O LORD, Come Quickly; Hear Me Pray
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1985)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications

Notes

A prayer asking for God's help to keep the psalmist from joining the evil ways of the wicked.

Scripture References:
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.

Liturgical Use:
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

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Henry Baker (b. Nuneham, Oxfordshire, England, 1835; d. Wimbledon, England, 1910; not to be confused with Henry W. Baker) was educated as a civil engineer at Winchester and Cooper's Hill and was active in railroad building in India. In 1867 he completed a music degree at Exeter College, Oxford, Engl…

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