PSALM 71:1-14
METER:  87 87 66 667
This is the meter of the hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"

1.  In you, O Lord, I take ref-uge;
    Let me be a-shamed nev-er.
    In just-ice save and res-cue me;
    In-cline your ear to save me.
    O Lord, be unto me
    A rock for my safe-ty,
    A fort-ress of great strength,
    In which I may be saved,
    For you're my rock and fort-ress.
2.  Save me, O God, from wick-ed hands,
    From the un-just and cru-el.
    For you, Lord God, are all my hope;
    From days of youth, I trust you.
    Up-on you I have leaned,
    Yes, ev-er since my birth;
    You are the one who took
    Me from my moth-er's womb.
    I will at all times praise you.
3.  For man-y I've be-come a sign,
    A por-tent and ex-am-ple.
    You are my strong de-fend-er, Lord,
    My ref-uge strong and migh-ty.
    My mouth is full of praise
    For you the whole day long.
    Don't leave me when I'm old;
    When all my strength is gone
    Please don't go a-way from me.
4.  My en-e-mies a-bout me talk.
    They plot a-gainst me al-ways,
    And this is what they say of me,
    "He is for-sak-en by God,
    Let us pur-sue and seize,
    For there is none who'll come
    To help or res-cue him."
    God, don't stay far away;
    Make haste, come help me quick-ly!
5.  Let my ac-cus-ers be a-shamed
    And let them be de-mol-ished.
    Let scorn and dis-grace cov-er those
    Who on-ly seek to hurt me.
    Con-tin-ual-ly I will
    Place all my hope in you,
    And I will praise your name
    Yet more and more each day.
    I will at all times praise you.

Stanzas 1-4 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.  Stanza 5 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Supplementary Volume to Sing the Psalms by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1992 Dale A. Schoening.

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