PSALM 31:1-5, 19-24
METER:  CM (86 86)
SUGGESTED TUNE:  ST. ANNE
This is the meter to such hymns as "O God, Our Help in Ages Past."

1.  In you, O Lord, I seek ref-uge,
    Let me not be a-shamed;
    In right-eous-ness de-liv-er me.
    Turn to me, save me now!
2.  A rock of ref-uge be to me,
    A fort-ress strong to save.
    You're my de-fense, Lord; for your sake
    Lead and di-rect my ways.
3.  Take me out of the hid-den trap,
    For you are my ref-uge.
    In-to your hands I place my-self;
    You saved me, faith-ful God.
4.  How plen-teous is your good-ness, Lord,
    Which you laid up for those
    Who al-ways place their trust in you,
    As seen by hu-man-kind.
5.  Your pres-ence hides them from the plots
    And schemes of wick-ed ones.
    You shel-ter them and keep them safe
    From the a-buse of tongues.
6.  Blest be the Lord, who won-drous-ly
    Has shown his love to me.
    When I was un-der siege, he heard
    Me when I cried for help.
7.  O love the Lord, all faith-ful ones!
    For he pre-serves your life,
    But pun-ish-es the haugh-ty one.
    Be strong, wait for the Lord!

Stanzas 1-3 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening. Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.  Stanzas 4-7 copyright 2002 Dale A. Schoening.

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