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Lord, Hear My Prayer: Psalm 102

by admin on May 22, 2010

This is perhaps the most reflective and penitential of the texts on the album.  As such, the music is also the most plaintive and personal. Katy Snow does a wonderful job of making this song come alive as a solo that has a completely different feel from when we sang this as a congregation.  Both renditions have their place but both bring a different context to the words of this Psalm.

Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry Have ready access unto Thee;
When in distress to Thee I fly, O hide not Thou Thy face from me.
Attend, O Lord, to my desire, O haste to answer when I pray;
For grief consumes my strength like fire, My days as smoke pass swift away.

My heart is withered like the grass, And I forget my daily bread;
In lonely grief my days I pass And sad my thoughts upon my bed.
My foes reproach me all the day, My drink is tears, my bread is grief,
For in Thy wrath I pine away, My days are like a fading leaf.

But Thou, Jehovah, shalt endure, Thy throne forever is the same;
And to all generations sure Shall be Thy great memorial Name.
The time for Zion’s help is near, The time appointed in Thy love;
O let Thy gracious aid appear, Look Thou in mercy from above.

The Lord, exalted on His throne, Looked down from Heav’n with pitying eye
To still the lowly captive’s moan And save His people doomed to die.
All men in Zion shall declare His gracious Name with one accord,
When kings and nations gather there To serve and worship God the Lord.

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