PSALM 90:1-6, 13-17
METER:  86 886
SUGGESTED TUNE:  REST
This is the meter of the hymn "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind"

1.  Lord, you have been our dwell-ing place
    In gen-e-ra-tions all.
    Be-fore the mount-ains had been birthed
    Or you had ev-er formed the world,
    You are e-ter-nal, God.
2.  Hu-mans you turn back to the dust,
    You tell us to turn back.
    A thou-sand years to you are like
    The day just passed, or e-ven like
    Keep-ing a watch at night.
3.  A-way you sweep us; we are like
    A trans-i-to-ry dream.
    We are like weeds that sprout at morn,
    That blos-som in the day, and then
    At eve-ning fade and die.
4.  Lord, turn!  How long?  Be kind to us!
    Each day fill us with love
    That we may al-ways sing for joy;
    Give joy to bal-ance out the pain
    Of all our suff'r-ing years.
5.  Let all your serv-ants see your deeds,
    Their child-ren know your pow'r.
    The fa-vor of the Lord be ours,
    That we may pros-per in our work--
    Lord, grant to us suc-cess!

Stanzas 1-3 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening. Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.  Stanzas 4-5 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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