PSALM 143
METER: 88 88 88
SUGGESTED TUNE:  ST. CATHERINE
This is the meter for the hymn "Faith of Our Fathers"

1.  Lord, hear my pray'r, list to my plea;
    An-swer me, faith-ful right-eous God;
    Don't put your ser-vant to the test,
    For none is right-eous in your sight.
    My foe has hunt-ed and crushed me;
    I'm in the dark like those long dead.
2.  My spi-rit faints with-in me, Lord;
    My heart sinks in-to deep de-spair.
    I call to mind the for-mer days;
    I think on all that you have done.
    I stretch my hands to you in pray'r;
    My soul thirsts for you like dry ground.
3.  An-swer me, Lord!  I've lost all hope.
    Don't hide from me, or I shall die.
    Re-mind me of your con-stant love,
    For I have placed my trust in you.
    Teach me the way that I should go,
    For I lift up my soul to you.
4.  Save me, O Lord, from all my foes.
    I come to you where I'll be safe.
    Teach me to do your ho-ly will,
    For you a-lone, Lord, are my God.
    Let your good spi-rit e'er lead me
    Up-on a safe and lev-el path.
5.  For your name's sake, pre-serve my life;
    Save me from trou-ble, Lord my God,
    Out of your good-ness and your love;
    Cut off my en-e-mies from me,
    De-stroy my ad-ver-sa-ries all,
    For I'm your serv-ant, Lord my God.

Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.

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