Rebuke Me Not in Anger, LORD

Rebuke me not in anger, LORD, Your arrows wound and bring despair

Versifier: Helen Otte (1985)
Tune: CHICKAHOMINY
Published in 3 hymnals

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Versifier: Helen Otte

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Text Information

First Line: Rebuke me not in anger, LORD, Your arrows wound and bring despair
Title: Rebuke Me Not in Anger, LORD
Versifier: Helen Otte (1985)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications

Notes

A penitent prayer for restoration from severe illness and for deliverance from the opportunistic attacks of enemies.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 = vv. 5-8
st. 3 = vv. 9-12
st. 4 = vv. 13-16
st. 5 = vv. 17-20
st. 6 = vv. 21-22

Psalm 38 is one of the traditional penitential psalms (along with 6, 32, 51, 102, 130, and 143). Though the occasion is unknown, the author of Psalm 38 recognizes in a debilitating illness the chastising hand of God for some sin (st. 1). The prayer moves from humble confessions of guilt (st. 1, 2, 5) to a lament over the illness that repels friends and attracts enemies (st. 2-4). Utterly weak and in pain, the psalmist waits on the LORD for help, renews the lament and confession of sin (st. 5), and prays for God to "come quickly" and "help" (st. 6). Helen Otte (PHH 17) wrote this versification in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Serves well as a confession of sin, but may also be used in the context of sickness or other humbling circumstances–whenever God's people want to cry out, "Come quickly to help me, O Lord, my Savior."

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

CHICKAHOMINY

Henry B. Hays (b. Clarksville, TN, 1920) composed CHICKAHOMINY, which was published in his collection of hymn tunes, Swayed Pines Song Book (1981). Hays was raised in the Protestant tradition but since the 1950's has been a Benedictine monk at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. A Civil War…

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BOURBON

A pentatonic (five-pitch) folk tune from the southern United States, BOURBON fits well with the penitential text of Psalm 38. The tune calls for unison singing, with accompaniment providing a firmly articulated rhythm. Like many pentatonic tunes, when unaccompanied it can be sung in canon after eith…

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Timeline

Instances

Instances (3)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #150ImageAudio
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #38AImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #38TextImageAudioScore



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