Psalm 71:1-12

In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.

In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;

incline your ear to me and save me.

Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me,

for you are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,

from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

For you, O Lord, are my hope,

my trust, O LORD, from my youth.

Upon you I have leaned from my birth;

it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.

My praise is continually of you.

I have been like a portent to many,

but you are my strong refuge.

My mouth is filled with your praise,

and with your glory all day long.

Do not cast me off in the time of old age;

do not forsake me when my strength is spent.

For my enemies speak concerning me,

and those who watch for my life consult together.

They say, “Pursue and seize that person whom God has forsaken,

for there is no one to deliver.”

O God, do not be far from me;

O my God, make haste to help me!


From the hymns of Rev. David Chafin

Deputy Regional Minister


When all the world forsakes and flees, O Lord, stay nearby.

As we lift to you our pleas, Savior hear our cry.

Let no evil overtake us; Jesus, now do not forsake us.

In your image, Lord, remake us. To your flock stay nearby.


Behold with mercy gathered here the lambs of your arms.

Turn not away, but calm our fears, shelter us from harm,

That we may for those in need be the fountain and the seed,

and by our love may gently lead the wond’ring ones home to you.