Hear, O LORD, My Urgent Prayer

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The believer’s urgent prayer rises first thing in the morning (stanza 1) as an expression of the fact that “Jesus Christ rules over all. To follow this Lord is to serve him wherever we are without fitting in, light in darkness, salt in a spoiling world” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 43).

Additional Prayers

O Lord our God, your mercy greets us when we rise
and your grace attends us when we return to our rest.
Help us to live each waking moment assured of your protection and your love.
We pray rejoicing in the power of your Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tune Information

C Major


Hymn Story/Background

Offered in the morning at the temple, this prayer was probably uttered at the time of the regular morning sacrifice. Beset by false accusers who seek to destroy his standing in the community (vv.. 6, 8-9), the psalmist prays to his heavenly King (st. 1) in the assurance that God abhors those who lie and do evil (st. 2). In singing this psalm, we join the psalmist in asking God to lead us in right ways (st. 3), to call accusers to account for their malicious attacks (st. 4), and to protect all the godly who take refuge in the LORD—to their joy and God's praise (st. 5). Marie J. Post versified this psalm in 1983 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Timothy L. Hoekman composed TEBBEN in 1979 for the text "Take My Life and Let It Be", and it was first sung by the Ann Arbor (MI) Christian Reformed Church on May 13,1979. Hoekman dedicated the tune to his grandfather on his mother's side, Kasjen Tebben, who was a Christian Reformed minister for fifty-nine years.
TEBBEN consists of four phrases with connecting harmonic links from one phrase to the next. This haunting tune may be sung in unison, but is particularly beautiful sung in harmony, especially when sung in two long flowing lines with a sustained tempo.
— Bert Polman

Author Information

While attending Dutch church services as a child, Marie J. (Tuinstra) Post (b. Jenison, MI, 1919; d. Grand Rapids, MI, 1990) was first introduced to the Genevan psalms, which influenced her later writings. She attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she studied with Henry Zylstra. From 1940 to 1942 she taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School. For over thirty years Post wrote poetry for the Grand Rapids Press and various church periodicals. She gave many readings of her poetry in churches and schools and has been published in a number of journals and poetry anthologies. Two important collections of her poems are I Never Visited an Artist Before (1977) and the posthumous Sandals, Sails, and Saints (1993). A member of the 1987 Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee, Post was a significant contributor to its array of original texts and paraphrases.
— Bert Polman

Composer Information

Timothy L. Hoekman (b. Racine, WI, 1954), Professor of Vocal Coaching and Accompanying, is a highly experienced performer, teacher, and coach. He has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe, and has been on the music staff of Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY, since 1988. In 2012 he served as Lieder coach for AIMS in Graz, Austria. He was the artistic director of the South Georgia Opera from 1986-1993, and has also served as coach for Florida Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Grand Rapids, and the Peter Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. He has been at Florida State Univeristy since 1984, teaching collaborative piano, coaching graduate voice majors, and teaching a variety of language and vocal literature classes for singers and pianists. He has served as adjudicator for both vocal and piano competitions.
Hoekman earned the D.M.A. degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Theodore Lettvin. He received his B.A. degree from Calvin College and the M.M. from Peabody Conservatory, where he was a student of Leon Fleisher. He has written articles for the Journal of Singing, American Music Teacher; and Voices: Opera America’s Bulletin for Singers. Also a composer, Hoekman has works published by Theodore Presser, Recital Publications, Colla Voce, Plymouth Music Company, and Classical Vocal Reprints, and was the 2002 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year. He has been commissioned by the Rawlins Piano Trio, the Coastal Carolina Chamber Music Festival, and Georgia Southern University, among others.
— Bert Polman
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