PRAYER SONG: “HEAR ME WHEN I CALL”

Tillet S. Teddlie wrote a hymn entitled “Hear Me When I Call,” inspired by Psalm 4:1.

“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer” (Psa. 4:1).

I am not sure why the song leaves out the “of” because it totally changes the meaning of the verse—unless it was done deliberately with a view to imputed righteousness.  That far back in the history of the Lord’s church, I would not think so.

The little “sideways parenthesis” indicates two notes tied together—a tie.  A tie could be used to tie the note for ‘God’ + ‘of’ or perhaps use ‘of’ + ‘my’ together and make the meter move along naturally.

 

HEAR ME WHEN I CALL

Hear me when I call, O God, (of) my righteousness,

Unto Thee I come in weakness and distress;

Hold my trembling hand, lest helpless I should fall,

O hear me, Lord, hear me, O hear me when I call!

 

Hear my cry, O God, attend unto my prayer,

More and more I need Thy mercy and Thy care;

Clouds of doubt arise and faith grows weak and small,

O hear me, Lord, hear me, O hear me when I call!

 

Hear my voice, O God, and cleanse my soul within,

Mercy do I need for all my doubts and sin;

Only in thy grace I trust my all and all,

O hear me, Lord, hear me, O hear me when I call!

 

Hear my prayer, O God, I need thy cleansing power,

Let me feel Thee near each moment of each hour;

Hold my trembling hand, lest helpless I should fall,

O hear me, Lord, hear me, O hear me when I call!

 

Hymn aside, there is a really good lesson in Psalm 4:1-8.  Allow me to separate the parts and point out the prayer requests King David made to God.

To the chief Musician on Neg’-i-noth, A Psalm of David.

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness

Psalms 11:7

Psalms 24:5

Psalms 41:12

Isaiah 45:24

Jeremiah 23:6

1 Corinthians 1:30

2 Corinthians 5:20-21

thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress;

1 Samuel 17:37

1 Samuel 19:11-12

1 Samuel 23:26-28

Psalms 18:18-19

Psalms 31:8

Psalms 40:1-3

Psalms 116:6

Psalms 116:16

2 Corinthians 1:8

2 Corinthians 1:10

have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer

Exodus 34:6-7

Psalms 56:1

Psalms 57:1

Psalms 86:3-5

Psalms 119:76-77

Psalms 119:132

Psalms 143:2

 

O ye sons of men,

Psalms 57:4

Psalms 58:1

Ecclesiastes 8:11

Ecclesiastes 9:3

how long will ye turn

Exodus 10:3

Numbers 14:11

Psalms 72:2

Proverbs 1:22

my glory into shame?

Psalms 3:3

Psalms 14:6

Psalms 106:20

Isaiah 20:5

Isaiah 45:17

Jeremiah 2:11

Hosea 4:7

1 Corinthians 1:31

how long will ye love vanity,

1 Samuel 12:21

Psalms 2:1

Psalms 5:6

Psalms 58:3

Psalms 63:11

Isaiah 59:4

Jeremiah 2:5

Jeremiah 9:3

Jonah 2:8

Ephesians 4:25

and seek after leasing? Selah.

Psalms 5:6

OT:3577 bz*K* ‎kazab (kaw-zawb’); from OT:3576; falsehood; literally (untruth) or figuratively (idol): KJV – deceitful, false, leasing, liar, lie, lying.

But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly

Exodus 33:16

Ephesians 2:10

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

2 Timothy 2

1 Peter 2:9

2 Peter 2:9

for himself:

Titus 2:14

the Lord will hear when I call unto him.

Psalms 34:15

Psalms 55:16-17

Psalms 56:9

Psalms 91:14-15

John 15:16

Stand in awe,

Psalms 2:11

Psalms 33:8

Psalms 119:161

Jeremiah 5:22

and sin not:

Job 28:28

Proverbs 3:7

Proverbs 16:6

Proverbs 16:17

Ephesians 4:26

commune with your own heart upon your bed,

Psalms 63:6

Psalms 77:6

and be still. Selah.

Psalms 46:10

Habakkuk 2:20

Psalms 3:2

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,

Deuteronomy 33:19

2 Samuel 15:12

Psalms 50:14

Psalms 51:19

Isaiah 1:11-18

Isaiah 61:8

Malachi 1:8

Malachi 1:11-14

Matthew 5:23-24

Hebrews 13:15-16

and put your trust in the Lord .

Psalms 2:12

Psalms 26:1

Psalms 37:3

Psalms 62:8

Psalms 84:11-12

Isaiah 26:3-4

Isaiah 50:10

1 Peter 4:19

There be many that say,

Psalms 39:6

Psalms 49:16

Psalms 49:20

Ecclesiastes 2:3-26

Isaiah 55:2

Luke 12:19

Luke 16:19

James 4:13

James 5:1-5

Who will shew us any good? (“good” + “evil” in NT = 32 more verses).

Psalm 106:4-5

Ecclesiastes 3:13

Ecclesiastes 9:2

Hebrews 5:14

Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Numbers 6:26

Psalms 21:6

Psalms 42:5

Psalms 44:3

Psalms 67:1

Psalms 80:1-3

Psalms 80:7

Psalms 80:19

Psalms 89:15

Psalms 119:135

Thou hast put gladness in my heart,

Psalms 37:4

Psalms 43:4

Psalms 63:2-5

Psalms 92:4

Song of Solomon 1:4

1 Peter 1:8

more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

Judges 9:27

Isaiah 9:3

Jeremiah 48:33

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:

Job 11:18-19

Psalms 3:5

Psalms 16:8

Proverbs 3:24

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

1 Thessalonians 5:10

Revelation 14:13

for thou, Lord,

Leviticus 25:18-19

Leviticus 26:5

Deuteronomy 12:10

Deuteronomy 33:27-29

Ezekiel 34:25

Hosea 2:18

Romans 8:35-39

only makest me dwell in safety.

Job 11:18-19

Psalms 3:5

Psalms 16:8

Proverbs 3:24

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

1 Thessalonians 5:10

Revelation 14:13

 

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