Psalm 31: In You, Lord, I Refuge Take


Wendell Kimbrough’s setting of Psalm 31 is simple, but also profound, translating the desperate prayer of the Psalm into fresh language that sings well. I have written an SATB version, a choral descant, and a flute descant.

words and music by Wendell Kimbrough
arranged by Greg Scheer
copyright 2012
CCLI #7023040

This song is mentioned in Greg’s podcast, “Lent: Palm/Passion Sunday.”

1. In you, Lord, I refuge take.
Let me not be put to shame.
Turn your ear and quickly make
Safety for my trembling frame.
You’re a rock and fortress strong;
I am lost and cannot see.
For your Name’s sake, lead me on;
In your hand my soul redeem.

2. My eyes dim with sorrow grow,
And my body fills with grief.
All my years pass with a groan;
My strength fails, my bones are weak.
Those who see me turn to flee;
My friends’ eyes are filled with dread.
Like a potter’s broken dream,
In their gaze a shade of death.

3. But I trust you are my God;
All my days are in your hands.
Let your face upon me shine;
Make me in your love to stand.
Great the steadfast love you’ve stored
Up for those who refuge seek.
In your presence, gracious Lord,
In your dwelling they find peace.

4. When I cried in my alarm,
“I am cut off from your sight!”
Praise the Lord whose saving arm
Was my rescue and my light.
Love the Lord, all you his saints,
You who in him refuge take.
Though in darkness you may wait,
All who hope in God are saved.