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Be Merciful to Me, O God (Post)

Be merciful to me, O God

Versifier: Marie J. Post (1982)
Tune: MASSACHUSETTS
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Versifier: Marie J. Post

Marie was educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School from 1940 to 1942). She contributed poetry to the Grand Rapids Press and church periodicals for three decades, and served on the 1987 Revision Committee for the Christian Reformed Church’s Psalter Hymnal, which contained a number of her original texts and paraphrases. © The Cyber Hymnal™ (www.hymntime.com/tch) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Be merciful to me, O God
Title: Be Merciful to Me, O God (Post)
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1982)
Meter: 8.6.8.6 D
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications

Notes

A prayer asking for God‘s deliverance from fierce and ruthless foes. Scripture References: st. 1 = vv. 1-3 st. 2 = vv. 4-5 st. 3 = vv. 6-8 st. 4 = vv. 9-11 Hounded by fierce foes (v. 4), the psalmist takes refuge in the protective "shadow of [God's] wings" (v. 1). The first half of the psalm is an appeal to God for mercy and refuge (st. 1) and a description of the ferocity of the psalmist's enemies (st. 2). The second half expresses both the psalmist's confidence that these enemies will fall into the trap they have set (st. 3) and praise for God's saving help (st. 4). Both halves end with a refrain exalting God as the LORD over all creation (vv. 5, 11; st. 2, 4). Though originally a lament on being threatened by enemies, Psalm 57 expresses great confidence in God's help; the refrain in stanzas 2 and 4 highlights the tone of praise that often concludes such laments. Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this psalm in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal. Liturgical Use: The combined themes of distress, confidence in God, and praise to God suggest a number of uses in Christian worship. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

MASSACHUSETTS

Katherine Kennicott Davis (b. St. Joseph, MA, 1892; d. Concord, MA, 1980) composed MASSACHUSETTS in 1962 for The Methodist Hymnal (1964), in which it was set to Charles Kingsley's "From Thee All Skill and Science Flow." Davis named the tune after her home state. MASSACHUSSETTS exhibits the classic s…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #57

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