Stand By Me

Calming of the Storm by Darel Sparling

My friend and co-worker Nicole Sallee surprised me today with a new canticle she compiled for the close of this Sunday’s traditional worship service. It combines portions of her favorite Psalm, Psalm 139, and the gospel hymn Stand by Me (United Methodist Hymnal #512, verses 1-3). I appreciate how well these two works complement each other. I was thrilled when she gave me permission to post it and look forward to posting more of her work in the future. – Lisa <><

Canticle: Stand by Me
ONE SPEAKING: Psalm 139:7-10
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

ALL SINGING
When the storms of life are raging, stand by me
When the storms of life are raging, stand by me
When the world is tossing me
Like a ship upon the sea
Thou who rulest wind and water stand by me

ONE SPEAKING: Psalm 139:11-12
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

ALL SINGING
In the midst of tribulation, stand by me
In the midst of tribulation, stand by me
When the host of hell assail
And my strength begins to fail
Thou who never lost a battle, stand by me

ONE SPEAKING: Psalm 139:13-14
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

ALL SINGING
In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me
In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me
When I’ve done the best I can
And my friends misunderstand
Thou who knowest all about me, stand by me

ALL SPEAKING: Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen.

Compilation © 2011 Nicole Sallee
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Nicole for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

2 thoughts on “Stand By Me

  1. I blogged recently using that hymn. When the 1968 hymnal came out with this hymn I was in seminary. You cannot believe the outcry of the professors concerning its “bad” theology … but they were wrong. Thought so then and still think so today. Ms. Sallee has done you and your church a great service in a creative way!

  2. Sometimes a person cries out in an honest and vulnerable state, having a song spring forth from it…or a poem…or a painting. Others relate and draw near to God. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t even need to be righteous. It needs to be real and seeking God. That’s my experience on songs that cause debate and their relation to passionate worship. Thanks for your compliment :). It is HE who moves me.

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