My version of Psalm 139, as sung at the Farewell Service: do use it!

Tune: Picardy (French Carol)

1 You have searched me Lord and you know me,

You know when I sit and I stand.

You perceive my thoughts as I form them,

You know all my words as they’re planned.

You discern my daily goings out and in,

You hold all my ways in your hand.

2 Where then can I hide from your Spirit?

Where is there to flee from your face?

Though I seek out heaven or the hell-pit

You are there throughout time and space.

Though I rise up on the wings of the dawn,

Still your hand gives me tight embrace.

3 If I say the darkness will hide me

And the light be night dark as may,

Even darkness will not be dark then,

And the night will shine as the day.

For all darkness is as light to you,

Lord who breathed life into my clay.

4 You have made my innermost being,

In my mother’s womb you wove me;

Watched my unformed body framing,

Wonderfully, fearfully me.

All my days ordained were written in your book

Before one of them came to be.

5 Search me then O God and know me,

Test my anxious thoughts with your gaze.

Forge me free from all that is evil,

Faithfully to serve all my days.

Lead me Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one,

In your everlasting ways.

© David Thomson

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2 thoughts on “My version of Psalm 139, as sung at the Farewell Service: do use it!

  1. Dear David, I enjoyed your PSALM 139. Thought you might enjoy NACTON’S Version to their Venite which was written by them for the 50th anniversary of my being their Rector.vious A comparatively new Bishop came along but obviously a little lost on him. Hope you enjoy it.

    We have enjoyed so many happy years Ministry in Suffolk and hope you enjoy your retirement and keep well. I regret that Wendy and I have both had strokes since leaving Nacton. We are both getting better and enjoy your blogs and memories of your time with us.

    A Reader friend sent these words: “One of my favourite verses is John 16. 33. ‘These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer I have overcome the world.’ What a comfort these words are.

    THE VENITE ! O come let us sing l unto our l Geoffrey :Let us heartily rejoice for his I fifty years I in our l parish.

    We in the choir come before his l presence with l thanksgiving :

    And sing out joyfully hoping l he will l enjoy our l song.

    For he is our l beloved l Rector :

    And a great l delegator l above all l delegators,

    So we often sing l unto l Roy:

    And Edna and Harry and Janet, and the con-gre-ga-tion, when our l Geoffrey l is not l with us.

    In his hands are all the corners | of the | benefice :

    And now other I parishes I are his I also.

    In his hands also have been all the children l he hath l Christened :

    Sometimes, with the same names chosen l for them l by their l parents.

    Also he hath l joined in l matrimony :

    Many of those here present, who l thank him l for remembering their l names.

    He supporteth our schools, and l all those l in them :

    And gives his blessing on l many I other I activities.

    The parish magazine is his I and he I editeth it :

    And it containeth much important – and mostly I accurate I infor I mation.

    Thanks and love be to Geoffrey, and to his l dear wife l Wendy :

    And not forgetting all other l members I of his l family.

    As it has been since nineteen l sixty l four :

    Is now and ever shall be, we hope without I end l A l men


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