Hear us, O Shepherd of your chosen raceVersifier: Bertus Frederick Polman (1985)
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|First Line:||Hear us, O Shepherd of your chosen race|
|Title:||Hear Us, O Shepherd of Your Chosen Race|
|Versifier:||Bertus Frederick Polman (1985)|
|Copyright:||Text © 1987, CRC Publications|
A prayer for God to restore his people after they have been ravaged by a foreign power.
st. 1 = vv. 1-3
st. 2 = vv. 4-7
st. 3 = vv. 8-11
st. 4 = vv. 12-15
st. 5 = vv. 16-19
Psalm 80 was probably written upon the demise of the northern kingdom of Israel at the hands of the Assyrians (2 Kings 17: 1-6), who made deep inroads into Judah as well (2 Kings 18:9-13). The psalmist prays, O Shepherd, show us your face and restore peace to your people (st. 1); turn away your anger, hear our prayer, and give us peace (st. 2). At the heart of this psalm is an image of Israel as a vine God brought from Egypt, planted in the "vineyard" of the promised land, and caused to flourish (st. 3). (Similar imagery occurs in Isa. 3:14-15; 5:1-7; Jer. 2:21; 12:10; Ezek. 17:6-10; 19:10-14; Hos. 10:1; 14:7; Mic. 7:1; Jesus used it in John 15.) The psalmist describes the devastation of this vine when no longer protected by the LORD, and asks that God return to restore his people (st. 4).
We join the psalmist in praying, "Rest your hand once more upon us, LORD, that our moans may turn to praise" (st. 5). Borrowing a phrase here and there from the 1912 Psalter; Bert Polman (PHH 37) prepared this versification in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Times of reflection on persecution, particularly in prayer services for God's restoring power.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #80||Hear us, O Shepherd of your chosen race||Hear Us, O Shepherd of Your Chosen Race||Bert Polman||John Wainwright||10.10.10.10.10.10||Psalm 80||YORKSHIRE||B Flat Major||English||1987|