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.