This song is from Jay's complete setting of the text of Psalm 51. These musical selections make a wonderful framework for a Lenten Word service such as those held mid-week in many congregations. The first piece, “Have Mercy on Me, O God
,” is a hauntingly beautiful interpretation of vv.1-5 that features a plaintive antiphon sung by the congregation with verses sung by a cantor. The next number, “Secret Heart
,” is a short, transitional solo piece that leads into the hopeful and upbeat “Song of Deliverance
.” The final piece, “The Sacrifice Acceptable
,” can be used as an Offertory song, (although it would not be appropriate in this context in a Eucharistic service).