O LORD, I call for help by dayVersifier: Stanley M. Wiersma (1982)
Tune: VERGEEF, O HEER
Published in 1 hymnal
Audio files: MIDI
A cry from the depths for deliverance from death.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-6
st. 3 = vv. 7-8a
st. 4 = vv. 8b-9
st. 5 = vv. 10-12
st. 6 = vv. 14b-16
st. 7 = vv. 17-18
st. 8 = vv. 13-14a
Having lived an entire life in the shadow of the grave (v. 15), the psalmist cries out to God (st. 1, 6) from the brink of death (st. 2). Like Job, who was shown the back of God's hand for reasons unknown to him, the psalmist has experienced only unrelenting and harsh troubles, so that even friends and companions have withdrawn (st. 3). Held helpless in death's grip, the psalmist lifts hands to God (st. 4) and laments that in the realm of the dead there is no escape from death and no interaction with God (st. 5). Only those who have known such suffering and abandonment can call darkness their "closest friend" (st. 7). Still–and this is the one gleam of light in the darkness–they (and all of us in intercession) can call on the LORD, "the God who saves" (v. 1). Again like Job, who cried to the LORD, who was shown only trouble, and who was put "in the darkest depths" (v. 8), the psalmist ends in faith, trusting in the LORD, the only Savior from death. Stanley Wiersma (PHH 25) versified this darkest of all the psalms in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Good Friday; as a prayer for those who are sick, especially those who suffer from a life-threatening illness.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #88||O LORD, I call for help by day||O LORD, I Call for Help by Day||Stanley Wiersma||Dale Grotenhuis; Gerben Baaij||8.8.8||Psalm 88||VERGEEF, O HEER||d minor||English||1987|