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).
PDF scores of text and melody with solo instrument part in C, Bb, & Eb