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Rediscovering the Psalms: Psalm 61

By Steve Jeffery, 07 Mar 2016

Rediscovering the Psalms: Psalm 61

In the last few months at Emmanuel, we've been working on some new versions of the Psalms to be sung to well-known (and in some cases contemporary) tunes. You can find a list of the highlights so far here. Here's one more to add to the collection: a version of Psalm 61 to be sung to the tune of Keith and Kristyn Getty's "My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness":

Psalm 61

O hear my cry to you, O God,
and listen to my plea.
From earth’s remotest bounds I call
when my heart faints in me.
O God, please lead me to the Rock –
a higher place than I.
For you’re my refuge from the foe,
my tower of strength on high.

O let me dwell within your tent,
for ever there to live.
O for the shelter of your wings,
the refuge which they give!
For you have heard my vows, O God,
and you have given me
the heritage of those who fear
your name continually.

Prolong the days your king will live;
his sovereign rule extend
for many generations more,
established without end.
May he for ever sit as king
enthroned before your face;
Appoint your love and faithfulness
as his protecting grace.

O hear my cry to you, O God,
and listen to my plea.
From earth’s remotest bounds I call
when my heart faints in me.
Then I will ever bless your name
with songs of joy and praise,
And I’ll fulfil my holy vows
to you throughout my days.

Sing Psalms (Free Church of Scotland), rev. S. Jeffery (2015)

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