Monday, February 21, 2011

O Lord, My God, Most Earnestly - Psalm 63


I couldn't find a good Youtube video of this, but the Cantus Christi Thomas Tallis version of Psalm 63 is one of my favorites. The tune is beautiful, but the words are truly amazing. Reminders I need everyday.

O Lord, My God, Most Earnestly
Psalm 63

Thomas Tallis, 1567; alt.

Psalter, 1912
rev. Psalter Hymnal, 1987

O Lord, my God, most earnestly I seek Your holy face,
Within Your house again to see the glories of Your grace.
Apart from You I long and thirst and naught can satisfy;
I wander in a desert land where all the streams are dry.

The loving kindness of my God is more than life to me,
So I will praise You all my days and pray continually.
In You my soul is satisfied, my darkness turns to light,
and joyful meditations fill the watches of the night.

Beneath the shadow of Your wings I sing my joy and praise.
Your right hand is my strong support through troubled nights and days.
All those who seek my life will fall; my life is in Your hand.
God's king and people will rejoice; in victory they will stand.

5 comments:

The Director said...

Oh.... thanks for this, Miss Pickwickian. I needed it. <3

Happy Homemaker said...

Occasionally when I am truly awed by the Psalms AGAIN, I am reminded that those wonderful words were written by a man who really went through the wringer!

Caniad said...

Absolutely exquisite.

dura mater said...

This is one of my all-time favorite Psalms we sing. The Tallis music combined with the words is perfect.

Mama said...

I LOVE this one. It makes me happy and sad at the same time. The tune is amazingly beautious. :-)