Out of the depths I cry, LORDVersifier: Robert Swets (1981)
Tune: GENEVAN 130
Published in 1 hymnal
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A cry from the depths, and a profession of confidence in God's gracious forgiveness and help.
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 = vv. 5-8
One of the fifteen "Songs of Ascents" (120-134) the Israelites sang as they went up to worship at the temple in Jerusalem, Psalm 130 may have been composed for worshipers who came to the temple to pray when suffering affliction (the "depths" referred to in v. 1). These suffering worshipers acknowledge that their deepest need is for God's forgiveness, but that is also their hope and assurance, for the LORD forgives the sins of the people (st. 1). In that confidence, they eagerly "wait for the LORD" to be gracious and to deliver them from their trouble. And to all God's people they say, "Hope in the LORD, for . . . with him is full redemption" (v. 7; st. 2). In early Christian liturgy Psalm 130 was designated as one of the seven penitential psalms (the others are 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, and 143).
Robert Swets (b. Minneapolis, MN, 1950) wrote the unrhymed versification of Psalm 130 in 1980 for the Psalter Hymnal. Another setting of Psalm 130 is at 256.
Educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Swets served as choir director in several Reformed and Christian Reformed congregations in the Grand Rapids area. Swets has published Sixteen Sonnets (1975) and a number of other poems.
Like the other penitential psalms, 130 is most useful in the service of confession/forgiveness of sin. It is particularly appropriate for Lent. See further comment at PHH 131.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #130||Out of the Depths I Cry, LORD||Out of the depths I cry, LORD||GENEVAN 130||Robert J. Swets||76 76 D||Psalm 130||1987||Comfort & Encouragement | ; Deliverance | ; Love | God's Love to Us; Return of Christ | ; Advent | ; Confession of Sin | ; Forgiveness | ; Grace | ; Hope | ; Judgment | ; Lord's Supper | ; Mercy | ; Prayer | ; Redemption ||