|First Line:||Lord, to you my soul is lifted, Let me never be ashamed|
|Title:||Lord, to You My Soul Is Lifted|
|Versifier:||Stanley M. Wiersma (1980)|
|Copyright:||© 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resouces|
A prayer for God's mercies when suffering affliction for sins and when enemies seize the opportunity to attack.
st. 1 = vv. 1-7
st. 2 = vv.8-15
st. 3 = vv. 16-22
Enfeebled and distracted by illness or some other affliction (vv. 16¬-18), the psalmist in his distress recognizes the hand of God. But the affliction has also emboldened enemies to take advantage of the psalmist's weakened condition (v. 19), perhaps seeking to discredit him publicly through mischievous slander. In such traits, the psalmist encourages us also to humbly ask God for forgiveness and for Instruction and guidance into right ways (st. 1), to appeal to God's covenant faithfulness toward those who are faithful (st. 2), and to plead for deliverance from affliction and for relief from the opportunistic attacks of enemies (st. 3). Stanley Marvin Wiersma (b. Orange City, IA, 1930; d. Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1986) versified Psalm 25 in 1980 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Wiersma was a poet and professor of English at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1959 until his sudden death in 1986. He attended Calvin as an under¬graduate and received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1959. His love for the Genevan psalms is reflected in the two books of poetry for which he is most widely known: Purpaleanie and Other Permutations (1978) and Style and Class (1982), both written under the pseudonym Sietze Buning. He also wrote More Than the Ear Discovers: God in the Plays of Christopher Fry and translated many Dutch poems and hymn texts into English, including the children's hymns published in All Will Be New (1982).
When personal or communal distress forces the Christian to turn to a gracious Lord–especially when the distress appears to discredit the church.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988