Hear me, O Lord! in my distress

Hear me, O Lord! in my distress, Hear me in truth and righteousness

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 11 hymnals

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Hear me, O Lord! in my distress,
Hear me in truth and righteousness;
For, at Thy bar of judgment tried,
None living can be justified.

Lord! I have foes without, within,
The world, the flesh, indwelling sin,
Life's daily ills, temptation's power,
And Satan roaring to devour.

These, these, my fainting soul surround,
My strength is smitten to the ground;
Like those long dead, beneath their weight,
Crush'd is my heart, and desolate.

Yet in the gloom of silent thought,
I call to mind what God hath wrought,
Thy wonders in the days of old,
Thy mercies great and manifold.

Ah! then to Thee I stretch my hands,
Like fainting streams through desert sands;
I thirst for thee, as harvest plains,
Parch'd by the summer, thirst for rains.

O let me not thus hopeless lie
Like one condemn'd at morn to die;
But with the morning may I see
Thy loving kindness visit me.

Teach me Thy will, subdue my own;
Thou art my God, and Thou alone,
By Thy good Spirit guide me still,
Safe from all foes, to Zion's Hill.

Release my soul from trouble, Lord,
Quicken and keep me by Thy word;
May all its promises be mine!
Thou art my portion,--I am Thine.

Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #176

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hear me, O Lord! in my distress, Hear me in truth and righteousness
Title: Hear me, O Lord! in my distress
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English



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Hymns for Christian Melody #284

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: a manual of worship for the church of Christ #236


Sacred Poems and Hymns #176

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #434

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