A Refugee - Psalm 71 poem

Written By:
Bob Hartman
Bible Refs: Psalm 71:1-6
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 16, Ordinary/Lectionary 21 (Year C)

This is a poetic re-working of the first few verses of Psalm 71. The themes of God being a 'refuge' relates strongly to things happening in our world today, and the whole piece has a overall theme of trusting God in the hard times. You could set it to a melody - it would fit to Amazing Grace and House of the Rising Son, but anything simple and lamenting would work well.


Sample of the poem:

A refugee, a refugee,
Lord, into you I flee.
A refugee, a refugee,
O Lord, my refuge be.

Bend down and hear
my prayer. Come near.
Save and deliver me.
My rock and wall,
a stronghold tall,
my fortress you will be.

A refugee, a refugee,
Lord, into you I flee.
A refugee, a refugee,
O Lord, my refuge be.

Then stay the hand
of those who plan
to grasp and wreck and crush.
Come rescue me,
come set me free
from all that is unjust...


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Bob Hartman is the bestselling author of the Lion Storyteller Bible and many other books. He is a much loved speaker with a passion for storytelling, and is a regular fixture at the UK Spring Harvest conferences.  Area 52 was his idea, so you can blame him.

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