Scripture Verse

Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. Psalm 12:1

Introduction

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 21.

Music: Col­wyn Bay Tho­mas J. Li­ne­kar, in The Church Hym­na­ry (Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land: Hen­ry Frowde, 1902), num­ber 211 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Li­ne­kar (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

O Lord, be Thou my helper true,
For just and godly men are few;
The faithful who can find?
From truth and wisdom men depart,
With flattering lips and double heart,
They speak their evil mind.

The lips that speak, the truth to hide,
The tongues of arrogance and pride,
That boastful words employ,
False speaking tongues that boast their might,
That own no law, that know no right,
Jehovah will destroy.

Because the poor are sore oppressed,
Because the needy are distressed,
And bitter are their cries,
The Lord will be their helper strong;
To save them from contempt and wrong
Jehovah will arise.

Jehovah’s promises are sure,
His words are true, His words are pure
As silver from the flame.
Though base men walk on every side,
His saints are safe, whate’er betide,
Protected by His name.