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Rebuke Me Not in Anger, LORD

Rebuke me not in anger, LORD, Your arrows wound and bring despair

Versifier: Helen Otte (1985)
Tune: CHICKAHOMINY
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Versifier: Helen Otte

Helen Ann (Brink) Otte Walter (b. Grand Rapids, MI, 1931) versified this psalm in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal. She received her education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has worked as a teacher, proofreader, and librarian. She was a member of the Poets' Workshop that worked with the revision committee to prepare psalm versifications for the 1987 Psalter Hymnal. After her first husband died and she remarried, she remained active as a freelance writer, especially of children's stories and dramas, some of which have been published in Reformed Worship under the name Helen Walter. Bert Polman Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Rebuke me not in anger, LORD, Your arrows wound and bring despair
Title: Rebuke Me Not in Anger, LORD
Versifier: Helen Otte (1985)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications

Notes

A penitent prayer for restoration from severe illness and for deliverance from the opportunistic attacks of enemies. Scripture References: st. 1 = vv. 1-4 st. 2 = vv. 5-8 st. 3 = vv. 9-12 st. 4 = vv. 13-16 st. 5 = vv. 17-20 st. 6 = vv. 21-22 Psalm 38 is one of the traditional penitential psalms (along with 6, 32, 51, 102, 130, and 143). Though the occasion is unknown, the author of Psalm 38 recognizes in a debilitating illness the chastising hand of God for some sin (st. 1). The prayer moves from humble confessions of guilt (st. 1, 2, 5) to a lament over the illness that repels friends and attracts enemies (st. 2-4). Utterly weak and in pain, the psalmist waits on the LORD for help, renews the lament and confession of sin (st. 5), and prays for God to "come quickly" and "help" (st. 6). Helen Otte (PHH 17) wrote this versification in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal. Liturgical Use: Serves well as a confession of sin, but may also be used in the context of sickness or other humbling circumstances–whenever God's people want to cry out, "Come quickly to help me, O Lord, my Savior." --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

CHICKAHOMINY

Henry B. Hays (b. Clarksville, TN, 1920) composed CHICKAHOMINY, which was published in his collection of hymn tunes, Swayed Pines Song Book (1981). Hays was raised in the Protestant tradition but since the 1950's has been a Benedictine monk at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. A Civil War…

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BOURBON

A pentatonic (five-pitch) folk tune from the southern United States, BOURBON fits well with the penitential text of Psalm 38. The tune calls for unison singing, with accompaniment providing a firmly articulated rhythm. Like many pentatonic tunes, when unaccompanied it can be sung in canon after eith…

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Timeline

Instances

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Audio

Lift Up Your Hearts #150

Psalms for All Seasons #38A

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #38

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