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How Long Will You Forget Me, LORD

How long will you forget me, LORD, and hide your face from me?

Versifier: Marie J. Post (1982)
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Versifier: Marie J. Post

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First Line: How long will you forget me, LORD, and hide your face from me?
Title: How Long Will You Forget Me, LORD
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1982)
Language: English
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications


An anguished prayer asking God to restore the psalmist from a prolonged, serious illness that encourages enemies to gloat over the prospect of his death.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 =vv. 3-4
st. 3 =vv. 5-6

This lament appears to rise from a time of serious illness that could lead to death (v. 3). In singing it, we take on our lips the prayer of an anguished, impatient psalmist who has waited long for God to restore health and vigor and thus deliver him from the gloating of his enemies (st. 1), and who prays for restoration lest death come and the enemies triumph (st. 2). In closing, we profess confidence in God's restoring power and vow to praise the LORD for his goodness (st. 3). Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified Psalm 13 in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Times when God's people are weakened by sickness or other distresses and opposing forces gloat over their vulnerability.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



J. T. White composed THE CHURCH'S DESOLATION in 1844 for The Sacred Harp (1844), edited by B. F. White and E. J. King. There it became a setting for the text “Well May Thy Servants Mourn, My God, the Church's Desolation.” Suitably plaintive for the text, this tune is reminiscent of other white s…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #13


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