Psalm 6: Return, O Lord

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The following arrangement of Return, O Lord (Psalm 6) features a variety of vocal harmonies, minimalistic piano, and textural pads. The straightforward melody makes it easy to adapt for congregational singing.

About the sixth Psalm

This psalm is fascinating to me: it’s a psalm about prayer, but not just about the people praying. David makes the case that God should save his life—because he can’t praise God if he’s dead.

Lyrics to Psalm 6

Lord, to you alone we pray:
Hold back thy wrath, thy anger stay;
My flesh and bones are wasting away
In fear and great dismay!

Return, O Lord, my soul to save.
How shall I praise thee beyond the grave?
And who shall thank thee from Sheol?
Return, O Lord, in love, and rescue my soul.

I am weary from my cries:
Nights of tears and groans and sighs
Seeing thy adversaries rise
Is sadness to my eyes.

Return, O Lord, my soul to save.
How shall I praise thee beyond the grave?
And who shall thank thee from Sheol?
Return, O Lord, in love, and rescue my soul.

The Lord has heard my prayer
Turn back, O Enemy,
Turn back in despair

Return, O Lord, my soul to save.
How shall I praise thee beyond the grave?
And who shall thank thee from Sheol?
Return, O Lord, in love, and rescue my soul.

Download the Psalm 6 song package

You can download a package of materials to use for learning and playing Return, O Lord in your church.

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  • Chord chart
  • Printable lyrics handout
  • An .mp3 of the audio
  • Sheet music of the recorded arrangement

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