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LORD, Speak for Me, for I Am Yours

LORD, speak for me, for I am yours

Versifier: Marie J. Post (1983)
Tune: PERRY (Sowerby)
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Versifier: 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 >

Text Information

First Line: LORD, speak for me, for I am yours
Title: LORD, Speak for Me, for I Am Yours
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1983)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications

Notes

A prayer of the godly asking to be spared from the death God has appointed for the wicked. Scripture References: st. 1 =vv. 1-2 st. 2 =vv. 2-3 st. 3 =vv. 4-5 st. 4 =vv. 6-7 st. 5 = v. 8 st. 6 = vv. 9-10 st. 7 = vv. 11-12 Psalm 26 appears to have been occasioned by a serious illness or some other mortal threat. In singing this lament, we share in the psalmist's appeal for God to examine the deepest commitments and moral integrity of the human heart (st. 1-2). Examples of that integrity follow: the psalmist is no partner with the morally corrupt (st. 3), worships with clean hands and a tongue that celebrates God's mighty deeds (st. 4), and loves the holy temple where God's glory dwells among the people in a marvelous display of grace (st. 5). Finally, the poet pleads with God for deliverance from the death designated for the wicked (st. 6) and confesses confidently that God will hear and give renewed occasion for praise (st. 7). Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this lament in 1983 for the Psalter Hymnal. Liturgical Use: Service of confession and forgiveness; Lent; occasions when an individual or the church is severely threatened. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

PERRY (Sowerby)

Leo Sowerby (b. Grand Rapids, MI, 1895; d. Port Clinton, OH, 1968) composed PERRY in 1962 at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, the site of an international peace monument and the place from which Commodore Oliver H. Perry (then a lieutenant) sailed to gain a naval victory during the War of 1812. The tune was origin…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #26

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