Songs for Worship

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.  Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV)

 

   

Hear My Prayer

Background

This song is a desperate plea for help in the face of trial and loss.  It was written as a reflection upon the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the fear and uncertainty that followed.  Why does God allow such evil in this world?  What does it mean when evil seems to be so successful?  The Psalms are always good in times of distress, and I have relied upon them in shaping the direction of this song.

Ultimately we must live by faith in a tragic world, often without specific answers to the specific trials we face.  But this we know: that the Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, is Lord of all.  And the God we confess and follow is a crucified God.  His cross is our salvation, but also our model, and the pattern of our lives until we receive the fulfillment in the resurrection.

This song is probably best done as a musical offering instead of a congregational worship song.  I have done this most often with simply piano and cello.

 

Lyrics

Verse 1
So thick is the air; there is trouble all around
So fragile our lives as we’re falling to the ground
So tragic the loss, such a need we can’t appease
It brings me down to the ground on my knees

Chorus
When I cry to you
Oh hear my prayer
I call your name
Oh please be there
When I cry to you
Oh hear my prayer
And come and answer me

Verse 2
Tell me why hateful lies lead astray so many hearts
Tell me why you stand by while our lives are ripped apart
Could it be in the darkness your light more brightly shines?
And the fire our lives will refine?

Verse 3
Oh, reach out your hand, and help us find the way
Oh, help us to stand, and take the fear away
Oh, draw us to you, for you alone can save
Beyond the loss, through the cross, an empty grave