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O God, Be Merciful

Representative Text

1 O God be merciful,
Be merciful to me,
For man, with constant hate,
Would fain my ruin see.
My many enemies
Against me proudly fight;
To overwhelm my soul
They watch from morn to night.

2 What time I am afraid
I put my trust in thee;
In God I rest, and praise
His word, so rich and free;
In God I put my trust,
I neither doubt nor fear,
For man can never harm
With God my helper near.

3 All day they wrest my words,
Their tho'ts are full of hate;
They meet, they lurk, they watch,
As for my soul they wait;
Shall they by wickedness
Escape Thy judgment right?
O God of righteousness,
Destroy them in Thy might.

4 Thou knowest all my woes,
O treasure Thou my tears;
Are they not in thy book,
Where all my life appears?
My foes shall backward turn
When i appeal to Thee,
For man can never harm
With God my helper near.

5 In God, the Lord, I rest,
His word of grace I praise,
His promise stands secure,
Nor fear nor foe dismays;
In God I put my trust,
I neither doubt nor fear,
For man can never harm
With God my helper near.

6 Upon me are Thy voes,
O God, in Whom I live;
The sacrifice of praise
To thee I now will give;
For Thou hast saved from death,
From falling kept me free,
That in the light of life
My walk may be with Thee.

The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912

Text Information

First Line: O God, be merciful
Title: O God, Be Merciful
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


CANA (33333)


Frederick C. Maker (b. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, 1844; d. Bristol, 1927) composed INVITATION for this text. Also known as COME TO THE SAVIOR, the tune was published in the Bristol Tune Book (1881), edited by Alfred Stone and others. Well matched to the text, INVITATION begins gently but inv…

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