O Lord, my God, I thirst for You
- 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)
- Church Year: 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.
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"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.