51O. Gracious God, My Heart Renew

1 Gracious God, my heart renew,
make my spirit right and true;
in your presence let me stay,
by your Spirit show the way;
your salvation's joy impart,
steadfast make my willing heart.

2 So shall sinners be restored
and return to you, their Lord;
Savior, all my guilt remove,
and my tongue shall sing your love;
touch my silent lips, O Lord,
and my mouth shall praise accord.

3 Not the formal sacrifice
has acceptance in your eyes;
broken hearts are in your sight
more than sacrificial rite;
contrite spirit, pleading cries,
you, O God, will not despise.

4 Prosper Zion in thy grace
and her broken walls replace:
then our righteous sacrifice
shall delight your holy eyes;
freewill offerings, gladly made,
on your altar shall be laid.

Text Information
First Line: Gracious God, my heart renew
Title: Gracious God, My Heart Renew
Publication Date: 2012
Topic: Biblical Names and Places: Jerusalem; Biblical Names and Places: Zion; Broken-hearted (42 more...)
Source: Psalter, 1912, alt.
Notes: For alternate tune with refrain see 51N
Tune Information
Name: REDHEAD 76
Composer: Richard Redhead (1853)
Key: E♭ Major
Notes: The texts of 51 O and 51 N are both from the Psalter, 1912, and are interchangeable. When singing 51 O to the melody by Tom Miner, add the refrain after each stanza. When singing 51 N to the tune REHEAD 76, the refrain is omitted.

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