This paraphrase of the penitential Psalm 6 was written in 1998 to the tune CHRISTIAN LOVE, composed in 1961 by Paul Benoit. The tune was discovered in the New Century Hymnal.
1. Rebuke me not, O Lord, in wrath,
Nor judge me for my sin,
But lead me on Your righteous path
And cleanse my life within.
2. Have pity, hear my weakened sighs
And heal all that is wrong;
With anguished fright my spirit cries:
"How long, O Lord, how long?"
3. Deliver me from sin and shame,
Lord, turn to me and save--
For who in death recalls Your name?
Who thanks You from the grave?
4. My eyes are worn away with grief,
My bed is drenched with tears;
From all my foes, Lord, grant relief
And save me from my fears.
5. You workers of iniquity
Who fill my heart with care:
In God's strong name depart from me--
The Lord has heard my prayer!