Take Up Weapons, God, and Contend: Psalm 35

Take up weapons, God, and contend, / with all who oppose me.

Reassure my soul and defend / from those who’d depose me. 

Turn them back, and dishonor them, / blown away with rejection.

Angels clean it all up and then, / I’ll win the election. 


I am innocent; they are wrong, /  yet they’ve tried to trap me. 

Snatch them up as they go along,  / thinking that they are crafty.

Then my soul will rejoice in you,  / all my bones will be thankful.

You deliver me from the storm,  / into life that’s tranquil.


God, you know that the news is fake, /  journalists assault me,

asking questions for mischief’s sake,  / based on premises faulty.

I remember, when they were sick,  / empathy was my byword

When the shoe’s on the other foot,  / they’ll get what’s required.


When I stumble, it makes them glad,  / tooth and nail they gash me.

How much longer, God, can I stand,  / how they mock and they trash me?

Rescue me, and I’ll thank you lots,  / in the congregation.

At a rally that’s in the works,  / there’ll be jubilation.


Fancy folk with deceitful words,  / always cause confusion.

I speak simply,my meaning’s clear, /  “There was no collusion.”

You’re my witness, God, I’ve been right. /  I’ll go down in hist’ry.

Don’t let them have their hearts’ desire,  / come, confirm my vict’ry.


You are great and you take delight,  / in your servant’s welfare.

While I sing of my righteousness,  / send my enemies hell fire.

Make America Great Again,  / there’ll be great elation.

All day long I will praise you for, /  total vindication.


Photo: by Sean Ferigan on Unsplash

Source: Psalm 35

Text: © David Alexander, 2020

Tune: St Kevin,  Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/ComeYeFaithfulRaise-StKevin.pdf 

Chord Sheet:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2018/Score/ComeYeFaithful-StKevin-Chords.pdf 

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