Psalm 13: How Long Will You Forget Me, Lord (MARTYRDOM)


This choral/congregation setting of Psalm 13 began its life as Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed (which, by the way, I think you should sing in your church this upcoming Lent). When The Choral Scholars and I were doing the initial reading sessions, I decided that the arrangement of the tune MARTYRDOM would fit both texts.

Choral anthem for SATB choir and piano. Purchase price allows you to make as many copies as you need for your choir.

Text: Greg Scheer
Music: MARTYRDOM, Hugh Wilson, c. 1800; adapt. Robert Smith, 1825
Arr: Greg Scheer, copyright 2008

1. How long, my Lord, will you forget
and hide your face from me?
How long will sorrow fill my heart
like waters fill the sea?

2. How many days and sleepless nights
will anxious thoughts prevail?
How long must I contend with fear?
How long will peace be veiled?

3. O hear my prayer, my loving God,
and let me see, once more,
the light of your unending grace
in your redeeming dawn.

4. For I will trust in your great love,
rejoice in your good grace.
My heart will sing salvation’s song.
I’ll praise you all my days.