Help, O Lord

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On an album about joy, this song of lament (based on Psalm 12) may seem out of place. But as a follower of Christ, our joy is not ultimately dictated by our present circumstances but by the trajectory of the whole biblical narrative. The God of history is moving in the world to bring his kingdom, and one day his rule of love will reign throughout both earth and heaven. This big picture helps us interpret our own "little picture" lives. When evil seems to be getting the upper hand, when everything we read in the news is depressing, when we feel crushed by life's circumstances, it is good and right to cry out to him for help. Our joy does not deny or ignore life's injustice and hardship. However, rooted deep within most of the lament psalms is an underlying trust that one day the Lord will fulfill his promises, evil will be defeated, and goodness will triumph. So even though evil flourishes, and even as we cry for help, we know God's promises are true, and he will lift up the lowly.

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G Em
Help, O Lord, no one is good anymore
C7 Dsus
Your faithful ones are fast disappearing
G Em
My neighbor lies, speaks with deceit in his eyes
C7 Dsus
With smiling lips but a heart that would hurt me
Em C7
Help O Lord
G Dsus
Help O Lord

They all say, “Who can stop us anyway?
They’re our mouths—we can lie if we want to.
Our kingdom has come, it’s our will that will be done.
We’ll get ahead by any way we have to.
Help O Lord
Help O Lord
The Lord replies, “I’ve seen your violence and your lies;
I’ve heard the cries and the groans of the helpless.
My promises are true—I’ll do what they have begged me to—
And I will rise, I will rise up and rescue.”

I am the Lord
I am the Lord

D C
Though the wicked talk a mighty talk
And evil is praised throughout the land
The Lord will hear the cries of the weak
D C - D
His promises will are sure to stand
Protect the helpless. Save the oppressed.
Preserve the faithful, rescue the poor (repeat)

“Help, O Lord” words and music by Jill McFadden
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418193

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from Joy Brand New, released October 29, 2013
“Help, O Lord” words and music by Jill McFadden
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418193

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Ordinary Time

They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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