Scripture Verse

How long wilt Thou forget me, O Lord? For ever? How long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me?@Psalm 13:1

Introduction

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Michael Lonneke
(1943–)

Words: From the Scot­tish Psal­ter.

Music: Pa­ris Mi­chael Lon­ne­ke, 2005 (🔊 pdf nwc). The tune was writ­ten spe­ci­fi­cal­ly for these words: the key change in the last two vers­es re­flects the shift from la­men­ta­tion to joy­ful praise. The com­pos­er grants per­mis­sion to re­pro­duce the mu­sic for Chris­tian use.

Lyrics

How long wilt Thou forget me, Lord?
Shall it for ever be?
O how long shall it be that Thou
Wilt hide Thy face from me?

How long take counsel in my soul,
Still sad in heart, shall I?
How long exalted over me
Shall be mine enemy?

O Lord my God, consider well,
And answer to me make:
Mine eyes enlighten, lest the sleep
Of death me overtake:

Lest that mine enemy should say,
Against him I prevailed;
And those that trouble me rejoice,
When I am moved and failed.

But I have all my confidence
Thy mercy set upon;
My heart within me shall rejoice
In Thy salvation.

I will unto the Lord my God
Sing praises cheerfully,
Because He hath His bounty shown
To me abundantly.