Our fortress and our refuge place, you shine just like a precious jewel.
When wicked people seek our lives, they reach and tear, they’re grasping cruel.
You’ve been our hope since once you took us from the dark of mothers’ wombs.
We’ll trust and praise you past the day we rest inside the dark of tombs.
Some who have seen us have been drawn to likewise put their trust in you.
So now that we have met with dread, now doubt your reputation, too.
Forsake us not and haste to help, and scorn the ones who hope to shame.
Then we will tell of how you save, and praise your mighty deeds and name.
The things you taught us in our youth, when old we still affirm and tell.
There’s none like you who reaches down, to rescue, save and make folks well.
So as before, you’ll do again, and we’ll continue shouting loud,
the things you’ve done to help your own, by putting slanderers to rout.
Source: Psalm 71
Text: © David Alexander, 2020
Tune: Tallis’ Lamentation