O Lord, my God, I thirst for You (Kingsfold)

Lyrics

“God my Rock”

O Lord, my God, I thirst for You,
I long to see your face,
Just as the hunted deer is stressed
I falter in the race;
My heart cries out, my tears run down,
I am in deep distress,
“Where is your God?” men say to me,
They taunt me and oppress.

Lord, when will I be helped by You,
I struggle day and night?
O hear my prayer, enable me
to stand in your great might;
I look back on those days gone by
when, Lord, You were so near,
when in your house with festive throng
I praised your Name so dear.

So why am I cast down, O Lord,
and why should I feel low?
You are my God, my Saviour strong,
Your praise from me shall flow;
I think of all your works, O Lord,
Your saving power of old,
So when beset and overwhelmed,
I will your strength take hold.

Your loving-kindness fills my days,
Your song at night I sing,
And when my fears assail again
to You I’ll tightly cling;
My hope is fixed on God, my Rock,
His own He won’t forget;
Be still my soul, my face will shine
And I will praise Him yet.

Copyright © 2010 Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932) Used with Permission

This hymn is based on Psalm 42, a prayer to God in which the writer expresses his deep desire for God’s presence at a time of great distress. In my reflection on this psalm I have sought to echo the heartfelt cry of the psalmist as he moves from a sense of unexplained and painful isolation from God to a confident trust in God and in His faithfulness.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Kingsfold
  • Meter: DCM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown Originally adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) – arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932)
  • Usage: General
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Anthony O. Robertson © 2010 based on Psalm 42
  • Performance Copyright © 2012 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

To whom will you the Lord compare? (Herongate)

Lyrics

To whom will you the Lord compare?
Is there His equal anywhere?
O lift up your eyes and the heavens survey,
Who made this most amazing display?

The Lord Himself formed all these arrays
Of galaxies, of milky ways,
He cares for each one of the vast starry host,
So great is He, not one becomes lost.

So why then say your way is not clear,
Why do you say “The Lord is not near,”
For have you not known this, and have you not heard,
The Everlasting God is your Lord?

And He who made the Heavens and earth
Sees all your need, knows all your worth;
He never grows tired, or weary or faint,
He cares for sinners, loves every saint.

He aids the weary, strengthens the frail,
And even strong ones falter and fail;
But those who patiently wait on the Lord
With eagles’ wings will rise up and soar.

Trust in the Lord for He ever lives,
Run in the strength that Jesus gives;
Walk on in Him Who never lets down,
Who keeps for ever, gives a crown.

Copyright © 2012 Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932). Used with Permission

Recording

 
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Details

  • Verses: 6
  • Tune: Herongate
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Usage: General
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • This version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Anthony O. Robertson © 2012
  • Arrangement and Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Inspiration

This hymn is based on Isaiah 40:25-31

To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these, that bringeth out their host by number:
he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that strong in power; not one faileth.
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?
There is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Why do you say your way is not clear? (Herongate)

Hymn – Why do you say your way is not clear? – Lyrics

Why do you say your way is not clear,
Why do you say “The Lord is not near,”
For have you not known this, and have you not heard,
The Everlasting God is your Lord?

And He who made the Heavens and earth
Sees all your need, knows all your worth;
He never grows tired, or weary or faint,
He cares for sinners, loves every saint.

He aids the weary, strengthens the frail,
And even strong ones falter and fail;
But those who patiently wait on the Lord
With eagles’ wings will rise up and soar.

Trust in the Lord for He ever lives,
Run in the strength that Jesus gives;
Walk on in Him Who never lets down,
Who keeps for ever, gives a crown.

Copyright © 2012 Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932) Used with Permission

Recording

 
The music used in this recording belongs in the Public Domain, but the Performance rights ℗ belong to Richard M S Irwin. You may click the Download Button to obtain the MP3 recording for use in Worship or for personal use only. For other uses of the recording, please Contact Us.  
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Details

  • Verses: 4
  • Tune: Herongate
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • This version: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Anthony Oliver Robertson (b. 1932)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Anthony O. Robertson © 2012
  • Arrangement and Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Inspiriation

This hymn is based on Isaiah 40:27-31

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?
There is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.