22B. Lord, Why Have You Forsaken Me

Text Information
First Line: Lord, why have you forsaken me
Title: Lord, Why Have You Forsaken Me
Author: Christopher L. Webber
Publication Date: 2012
Topic: Assurance; Biblical Names and Places: Israel; Biblical Names and Places: Jacob (31 more...)
Copyright: © 1986 Christopher L. Webber, admin. church Pension Group/Church Publishing, Inc.
Tune Information
Composer: William B. Bradbury
Adapter: Martin Tel
Key: F Major
Copyright: Adapt. © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources
Notes: This musical setting helps us experience the profound shift in the middle of the psalm: a turn from lament to praise, from scorn to wonder. Musically, we move from unison singing in the minor mode to fourpart harmony in the major mode. Between sts. 4 and 5 the keyboard or guitar should play through the new harmony of the second page. This interlude will not only establish the new major mode but also allow for some space between these two contrasting sections of the psalm. This setting may be followed by a setting of Ps. 23. (Close key relationships make 23A, 23D, or 23H ideal). Some biblical scholars suggest that Pss. 22 and 23 have been placed together intentionally, with the lament and praise of Ps. 22 leading toward the expression of trust in Ps. 23.

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