Lord, My Petition Heed

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1 Lord, my petition heed,
Now help me in my need,
My Saviour be;
I am your servant, Lord,
My trust is in Thy word,
Mercy to me afford,
I cry to Thee.

2 Comfort Thy servant now,
While at Thy throne I bow,
For Thou art love.
Thy pard'ning grace is free;
Sinners who call on Thee
Thy tender mercy see;
O God above.

3 Lord, hear me when I pray,
While now in trouble's day
I seek Thy face.
To answer, Lord, is Thine;
Thou only art divine,
Most bright Thy glories shine,
O God of grace.

The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912

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First Line: Lord, my petition heed
Title: Lord, My Petition Heed
Meter: 6.6.4.6.6.6.4
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O help me in my need

Notes

A prayer for God's forgiving mercy and for deliverance from the threat of ruthless enemies–to the praise of God’s greatness and goodness.

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
st. 6 = vv. 13-16
st. 7 = vv. 16-17

This psalm is fitting for any of God's people threatened by those who would rob them of their security as children of God. The psalmist's hope and plea is that God will graciously forgive his children and deliver them as well. "Poor and needy" in a time of great peril, the psalmist pleads for God's help as a servant who trusts confidently in the LORD (st. 1). With the psalmist, we pray for God's mercy on us and for the comfort of forgiveness in a time of need (st. 1-2). 0 LORD, you far outshine all other gods, says the psalmist (st. 3); you command the praise of all people (st. 4). The psalmist asks for guidance in the way of truth and vows to praise and glorify the LORD forever (st. 5; v. 12). Then he praises God for abundant love and grace and returns to a plea for help (st. 6), mercy, renewed strength, deliverance, and comfort–so that enemies may be put to shame in the knowledge that the LORD is our friend (st. 7). Bert Polman (PHH 37) versified this psalm in 1983 for the Psalter Hymnal, retaining several lines from the 1912 Psalter.

Liturgical Use:
When the church suffers threats to its security and well-being, and many other occasions. Stanzas 4 and 5 make a fine doxology for the conclusion of worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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MASON (Sherwin)

MASON, by William F. Sherwin (PHH 8), was published as a setting for the first three stanzas of Psalm 86 in the 1912 Psalter and in all previous editions of the Psalter Hymnal. Since he studied with Lowell Mason (PHH 96), Sherwin could well have named the tune after him. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harm…

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