Psalm 102

Lord, hear my prayer! My cry shall come before you

Author: Christopher M. Idle
Tune: INTERCESSOR
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Lord, hear my prayer! My cry shall come before you;
hide not your face when I am in distress.
My life burns up; my days have lost their glory,
drifting like smoke, in pain and helplessness.

2 Like some wild owl among deserted ruins,
lonely I call while enemies curse on.
Tears are my drink; God's wrath is my undoing;
ashes my food till all my days are gone.

3 But you, O Lord, remain enthroned for ever;
you will arise; in you shall kingdoms trust.
Now is the time; your city pleads your favour,
your servants love her stones, her very dust.

4 God will rebuild! Write this to sing tomorrow;
lips yet unformed their Hallelujahs cry!
Glory will dawn upon our world of sorrow,
freeing from prison those condemned to die.

5 Then shall your name on Zion's hill be spoken;
strangers shall fill Jerusalem with praise.
But as for me, my strength is bruised and broken;
spare me, O God; do not cut short my days!

6 Heaven and earth you formed in the beginning;
these soon wear out - Lord, you remain the same!
They shall be changed; your years endure unending;
our children's children live to praise your name.

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Author: Christopher M. Idle

Christopher Martin Idle (b. Bromley, Kent, England, 1938) was educated at Elthan College, St. Peter's College, Oxford, and Clifton Theological College in Bristol, and was ordained in the Church of England. He served churches in Barrow-in-­Furness, Cumbria; London; and Oakley, Suffolk; and recently returned to London, where he is involved in various hymnal projects. A prolific author of articles on the Christian's public responsibilities, Idle has also published The Lion Book of Favorite Hymns (1980) and at least one hundred of his own hymns and biblical paraphrases. Some of his texts first appeared in hymnals published by the Jubilate Group, with which he is associated. He was also editor of Anglican Praise (1987). In 1998 Hope Publishing… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord, hear my prayer! My cry shall come before you
Title: Psalm 102
Author: Christopher M. Idle
Meter: 11.10.11.10
Source: Praise Trust version
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: © Christopher Idle / Jubilate Hymns (admin. Hope Publishing Co.)

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #66

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Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #66

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