Certain songs were meant to knit together with certain Psalms. “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry” by John Ylvisaker (BOB#116) and Psalm 139 are two such pieces. Here is a responsive reading that uses both pieces:
P: O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
C: You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
P You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
C: Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
Congregation Sings: Verse 1
P: You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
C: Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
P: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
C: If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
Congregation Sings: Verse 2
P: If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
C: even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
P: 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.
C: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Congregation Sings: Verse 3
P: I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
C: My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
P: When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
C: All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Congregation Sings: Verse 4
- The Psalm of the Day (sjbrown58.wordpress.com)