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I Seek My Refuge in You, LORD

I seek my refuge in you, LORD

Versifier: Marie J. Post (1985)
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Versifier: Marie J. Post

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First Line: I seek my refuge in you, LORD
Title: I Seek My Refuge in You, LORD
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1985)
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications


A prayer for deliverance from enemies in a situation that appears so hopeless that even the psalmist’s friends abandon him.

Scripture References:
st. 1 =vv. 1-2
st. 2 =vv. 3-5
st. 3 = vv. 6-8
st. 4 = vv. 9-13
st. 5 =vv. 14-18
st. 6 = vv. 19-20
st. 7 =vv. 21-24

In the face of heavy and sustained attack and the defection of close associates, there is only One who will not be false and who has the power to rescue. We join the psalmist in this urgent prayer that includes rousing confessions of trust. Calling upon the LORD to be our rock and our refuge from enemies (st. 1), we too commit our lives into God's saving hand (st. 2; Jesus used part of this passage on the cross) . In other times of affliction God heard, answered, and delivered (st. 3), so the plea for God's mercy comes once again, expressing anguish over being abandoned by all others (st. 4). The psalm singer declares trust in God and asks for God's judgment on those who slander the righteous (st. 5), for the LORD does not fail those who cling to him for aid (st. 6). In stanza 7, the psalmist further praises God's mercy and deliverance and calls all saints to trust the LORD. Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this lament in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Good Friday; whenever believers are threatened by enemies of Christ.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



COLERAINE (or VICENZA) was first published in La Scala Santa (1681) as a setting for Psalm 122 in long meter (8888) without the repeat of the first two lines. The name COLERAINE derives from Lord Coleraine, the possible compiler of this Irish anthology. The tune entered English hymnody through publi…

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