I Worship You, O LORD

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1 I worship you, O LORD,
for you have raised me up;
I cried to you for help,
and you restored my life.
You brought me back from death
and saved me from the grave.

2 Sing praises to the LORD,
all those who know his name;
for while his wrath is brief,
his favor knows no end.
Though tears flow for a night,
the morning brings new joy.

3 I said, "I am so strong,
I never shall be moved";
but you, LORD, shook my life
my heart was in distress.
I cried out for your help
and pleaded for your grace:

4 "What good am I when dead,
while lying in the grave?
Can dust recount your love,
the grave proclaim your praise?
O hear me, gracious LORD,
in mercy be my aid!"

5 My mourning you have turned
to dancing and to joy;
my sadness you dispelled
as gladness filled my soul.
And so I'll sing your praise,
my God, through all my days.

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Versifier (st. 1-3, 5): J. E. Seddon

James Seddon was born August 24, 1915 at Scarisbrick. and died September 19, 1983. Go to person page >

Versifier (st. 4): Calvin Seerveld

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Text Information

First Line: I worship you, O LORD
Title: I Worship You, O LORD
Versifier (st. 1-3, 5): J. E. Seddon (1973, alt.)
Versifier (st. 4): Calvin Seerveld (1982)
Meter: 6.6.6.6.6.6
Language: English
Copyright: Text and music © 1973, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission

Notes

Praise for God's deliverance from death by healing his servant in answer to prayer.

Scripture References:
st. 1 =vv. 1-3
st. 2 =vv. 4-5
st. 3 =vv. 6-8
st. 4 = vv. 9-10
st. 5 = vv. 11-12

The superscript of this psalm states that it is "for the dedication of the temple." Most likely this superscript refers to the dedication of the second temple by the returned exiles (Ezra 6: 16). In that case the "I" of the psalm came to refer to the repatriated community and the "healing" experienced in restoration from exile. Still later the Jews included this psalm in the liturgy for Hanukkah, the festival that celebrates the rededication of the temple in the days of Judas Maccabeus after its desecration by Antiochus IV Epiphanes.

In singing this thanksgiving psalm, we praise God for deliverance from the brink of death (st. 1) and call all "who know his name" to praise God for unfailing mercies (st. 2). Recalling the LORD's chastisement for proud self-reliance (st. 3), the psalmist reiterates a prayer offered while standing at death's door (st. 4) and closes in praise to God for turning sadness into gladness (st. 5). James Seddon (PHH 15) prepared this versification sometime before 1969; it was first published in Psalm Praise (1973). Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) provided stanza 4 in 1982 to provide a complete versification of the psalm for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Easter; occasions for testimony upon restoration from serious illness or difficulty.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

BISHOP TUCKER

Composed in 1969 by Norman L. Warren (PHH 15) for this text, BISHOP TUCKER was published in Psalm Praise (1973). The tune name is derived from Bishop Tucker Theological College in Uganda, where Warren and his wife led seminars on worship and counseling. Warren said the tune "is loosely based on a wi…

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