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|NASB||Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD.|
|Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths [of distress] I have cried to You, O LORD.|
|Subject: Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee|
Bible Note: Out of the depths I cry to Thee;
Lord, hear me, I implore Thee!
Bend down Thy gracious ear to me;
I lay my sins before Thee.
If Thou rememberest each misdeed,
If each should have its rightful meed,
Who may abide Thy presence?
Thou grantest pardon through Thy love;
Thy grace alone availeth;
Our works could neâ€™er our guilt remove;
Yea, eâ€™en the best life faileth.
For none may boast himself of aught,
But must confess Thy grace hath wrought
Whateâ€™er in him is worthy.
And thus my hope is in the Lord,
And not in my own merit;
I rest upon His faithful Word
To them of contrite spirit.
That He is merciful and just,
Here is my comfort and my trust;
His help I wait with patience.
--Martin Luther (1523) who wrote the lyrics and the tune
"[This] is a verÂsion of Psalm CXXX, which LuÂther called a PaulÂine Psalm, and greatÂly loved. He took speÂcial pains with his verÂsion. It was sung on May 9, 1525, at the funÂerÂal of FriedÂrich the Wise, in the Court Church at WitÂtenÂberg. The people of Halle sang it with tears in their eyes as the great ReÂformÂer's cofÂfin passed through their ciÂty on the way to the grave at WitÂtenÂberg. It is wovÂen into the reÂliÂgious life of GerÂmaÂny.
"In 1530, durÂing the DiÂet of AugÂsburg, LuÂther's heart was oftÂen sore trouÂbled, but he would say, 'Come, let us deÂfy the deÂvil and praise God by singÂing a hymn!' Then he would beÂgin, 'Aus tiefÂer Noth schrei ich zu dir.' ['Out of the depths I cry to Thee' Psalm 130:1] It was sung at his funÂerÂal."
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