LORD, listen to my righteous pleaVersifier: Helen Otte (1982)
Tune: ROSALIE MCMILLAN
Published in 3 hymnals
Audio files: MIDI, Recording
An appeal for deliverance from ungodly foes.
st. 1 = vv. 1-5
st. 2 = vv. 6-8
st. 3 = vv. 8-9
st. 4 = vv. 10-13
st. 5 =vv. 14-15
Psalm 17 asks God, the heavenly King and Judge, to protect his faithful servant from the unprovoked attacks of godless enemies. It appears that the enemies hope to profit from the psalmist's death or downfall, perhaps to fatten their purses with worldly wealth (v. 14), and they seem to have the power to bring him down (vv. 10-12). As in many psalms, it could be that the enemies attack the LORD's anointed with false accusations (v. 10), and the only recourse is to call for God's righteous judgment. The psalmist appeals to God to hear his just cause (st. 1) and declares trust in God's safekeeping (st. 2). A prayer follows, in which the psalmist implores God for safe sanctuary and rescue from plotting and threatening enemies (st. 3-4) and expresses full confidence in God's provision and in the believer's ultimate joy in God's presence (st. 5).
Helen Ann (Brink) Otte (b. Grand Rapids, MI, 1931) versified this psalm in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal. She received her education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has worked as a teacher, proofreader, and librarian. She was a member of the Poets' Workshop that worked with the revision committee to prepare psalm versifications for the 1987 Psalter Hymnal. Since 1986 Otte has resided in Downs, Kansas, where she is active as a freelance writer of children's stories and dramas, some of which have been published in Reformed Worship under the name Helen Walter.
Situations of threat from the enemies of God's people; remembrance of the suffering of Christ at the hands of those who falsely accused him.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #888||LORD, listen to my righteous plea||LORD, Listen to My Righteous Plea||ROSALIE MCMILLAN||Helen Otte||8.8.4 D||Psalm 17||2013||Hymns That Are Prayer | ; Elements of Worship | Offering Our Prayers|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #17C||LORD, listen to my righteous plea||LORD, Listen to My Righteous Plea||ROSALIE MCMILLIAN||Helen Otte||8.8.4.D.||Psalm 17||2012||Church Year | Lent; Daily Prayer | Night Prayer; Enemies | ; Eternal Life | ; God as | Refuge; God's | Righteousness; God's | Wings; God's | Love; Hope | ; Innocence | ; Joy | ; Lament | False Accusation; Lament | General; Lament | Individual; Occasional Services | Funerals; Salvation | ; Temptation And Trial | ; Year A, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, July 31-August 6 | ; Year C, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, November 6-12 ||
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #17||LORD, listen to my righteous plea||LORD, Listen to My Righteous Plea||BERNARD||Helen Otte||884 D||Psalm 17||1987||Deliverance | ; Enemies & Persecution | ; Funerals | ; Laments | ; Temptation & Trial | ; Eternal Life | ; Hope | ; Refuge ||