O God, be merciful to me; I am distressed by enemiesVersifier: Helen Otte (1986)
Tune: ROSALIE MCMILLAN
Published in 2 hymnals
Audio files: MIDI
|First Line:||O God, be merciful to me; I am distressed by enemies|
|Title:||O God, Be Merciful to Me|
|Versifier:||Helen Otte (1986)|
|Copyright:||© 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resouces|
A prayer for deliverance from enemies who conspire to destroy through slander and defamation.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = vv. 5-7
st. 4 = vv. 8-11
st. 5 = vv. 12-13
The psalmist is under such threats from enemies that he is in mortal danger. But because the enemies' weapons are defamation and slander, there is no human court of appeal to which he can plead his case. So the psalmist appeals to God for deliverance. The psalmist frames this prayer with an appeal to God (st. 1) and a confession of assurance (st. 5). An inner frame confesses confident trust that God will preserve the psalmist against the treachery of mortals (vv. 3-4, 10-11; st. 2,4). And at the prayer's center the psalmist asks God to bring down the enemies and to respond to this lament (st. 3-4). Helen Qtte (PHH 17) versified this psalm in 1986 for the Psalter Hymnal.
When the church is under attack by worldly attempts to discredit its ministry.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #56C||O God, be merciful to me||O God, Be Merciful to Me||ROSALIE MCMILLIAN||Helen Otte, b. 1931||Psalm 56||2012||Affliction | ; Conflict | ; Courage | ; Cruelty | ; Enemies | ; Fear | ; God | Light from; God | Trust in; God's | Protection; God's | Strength; Jesus Christ | Friend of Sinners; Lament | Individual; Loneliness | ; Mercy | ; Mocking | ; Occasional Services | New Year; Offering of Sacrifice | ; People of God / Church | Suffering; Trust | ; Vows ||
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #56||O God, be merciful to me||O God, Be Merciful to Me||ROSALIE MCMILLAN||Helen Otte||884 D||Psalm 56||1987||Enemies & Persecution | ; New Year - Old Year | ; Profession of Faith | ; Afflictions ||