Karl Digerness (City Church, San Francisco) has one of my favorites in the hymn rewrites…and especially since it’s a Psalm of Ascent – Psalm 130. We’re singing it this sunday in our growing repertoire of Psalms.
1. Out of the depths I cry to Thee,
Oh Lord please hear my call.
O Lord be merciful to me,
At thy throne of grace I fall,
At thy throne of grace I fall.
2. Out of the woeful depths I cry,
From the depths of sin.
Of evil done in days gone by,
Of evil now within,
Of evil now within.
If Thou, oh Lord, should mark iniquities
Lord who could then draw near?
But here I find forgiveness with Thee
That Thou may be feared,
That Thou may be feared.
3. Lord from the depths I wait for Thee,
My hope is in Thy Word.
All through the night till day is nigh,
My soul waits upon the Lord,
My soul waits upon the Lord.
4. Lord here I find Thy mercy now,
As ever was with Thee.
Before Thy throne of grace I bow
Lord be merciful to me,
Lord be merciful to me.
O Israel cast your hope upon the Lord,
And in His Word do trust.
He will redeem you from your sin,
And raise you from the dust,
And raise you from the dust.
Words: Henry W. Baker, 1868
music: Karl Digerness, 2003