Protect and Save Me, O My God

Protect and save me, O my God

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1 Protect and save me, O my God,
From foes that seek my life;
And set me high, secure, above
The rising tide of strife.

2 The workers of iniquity
Against me lie in wait;
Tho' I am innocent, O Lord,
They gather in their hate.

3 Behold their wickedness, O Lord;
To help me, O awake,
Lord God of Hosts, Thou, Israel's God,
Arise, and vengeance take.

4 My enemies with deadly rage
Renew their fierce attack;
They think the Lord will not regard,
But Thou wilt turn them back.

5 O God, my strength, on Thee I wait;
To Thee for refuge flee.
My God with mercy will defend
Triumphant I shall be.

6 O God our shield, let wickedness
And pride be put to shame.
Till all shall know that Thou dost rule,
And all shall fear Thy Name.

7 Let wickedness that raged in power
Now rage in impotence;
But I will glory in Thy strength
My refuge and defense.

8 When all the night of woe is past
And morning dawns at length,
Then I will praise Thy grace, O God,
My refuge and my strength.

9 To Thee, O god most merciful,
My thankful song I raise;
My might, my strong, secure abode,
I will proclaim Thy praise.

The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912

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First Line: Protect and save me, O my God
Title: Protect and Save Me, O My God
Language: English


A prayer for deliverance from the fierce attacks of powerful and treacherous enemies.

Scripture References:
st. 1 =vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4a
st. 3 = vv. 4b-5
st. 4 = vv. 6-8
st. 5 =vv. 9-10
st. 6 = vv. 11-13
st. 7 =vv. 14-15, 16b
st. 8 = vv. 16-17

Like snarling dogs, the psalmist's enemies prowl the city at night and "spew out swords from their lips" (v. 7). Under such threat the psalmist turns to the LORD for protection (st. 1), declaring personal innocence, describing the unwarranted hatred of these enemies (st. 2), and pleading for God's help (st. 3). These enemies blindly disregard God, but the LORD "will turn them back" (st. 4). The psalmist professes reliance on God's sure help (st. 5) and asks God to confront the enemies' wickedness with his sovereign power (st. 6). Even though the enemies "slink back at night," the psalmist knows God will defeat them (st. 7) and promises to praise the LORD "in the morning" (v. 16), confident that the night of woe will give way to the dawn of God's relief (st. 8).

In the first part of this psalm (st. 1-5) we sing a prayer for deliverance, while in the second part (st. 6-8) we express assurance that the LORD will deliver. The versification (altered) is from the 1912 Psalter.

Liturgical Use:
In situations of distress and persecution; or by Christians who sing this prayer on behalf of others in severe distress.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



MANCHESTER (Ravenscroft)

MANCHESTER (also known as ELY; both names refer to British cities) is from the musical edition of The Whole Book of Psalms (1621) by Thomas Ravenscroft (b. England, c. 1582; d. England, c. 1635). Ravenscroft was a chorister as well as a participant in a theater company of child actors at St. Paul's…

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EAGLEY (Walch)



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