Lord, I need to come and worship

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1 Lord, I need to come and worship
More than deer need healing streams;
When I cannot feel Thee near me,
Sorrows fill my restless dreams.
I remember how I came
To Thy house to praise Thy name;
Soon, O Lord, I'll stand before Thee
And with joyful heart adore Thee.

2 When my enemies reproach me
And the storm-tossed billows roll,
Then the Lord will send salvation
And His love will fill my soul.
All the days He gives delight;
Thankful songs fill every night.
Soon, O Lord, I'll stand before Thee
And with joyful heart adore Thee.

Source: The Children's Hymnbook #36

Author: Marie J. Post

Marie (Tuinstra) Post (b. Jenison, MI, 1919; d. Grand Rapids, MI, 1990) While attending Dutch church services as a child, Post was first introduced to the Genevan psalms, which influenced her later writings. She attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she studied with Henry Zylstra. From 1940 to 1942 she taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School. For over thirty years Post wrote poetry for the Grand Rapids Press and various church periodicals. She gave many readings of her poetry in churches and schools and has been published in a number of journals and poetry anthologies. Two important collections of her poems are I Never Visited an Artist Before (1977) and the posthumous Sandals, Sails, and Saints (1993). A member… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, I need to come and worship
Author: Marie J. Post



Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3) composed or adapted this tune for Psalm 42 for the Genevan psalter. The 1564 harmonization by Claude Goudimel (PHH 6) originally placed the melody in the tenor. An alternate harmonization with descants by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) can be found opposite 41 in the Psalter Hymnal.…

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