My Heart is Faint

4. My Heart Is Faint

from Jeremiah 9)
Written by Rachel Wilhelm

My heart is faint within me
I’d weep the day and night
For the cleansing of the sinner
For the cleansing of Your bride

Chorus:
I lift my hands
I lay down my life
Do not forsake us, O God O merciful God, I cry

My eyes a fountain of tears
O Comforter in sorrow
For the penance of the wicked For the healing of tomorrow

Chorus 2:
I lift my voice
I commit my life
Do not forsake us, O God O merciful God, I cry

I lift my voice
I lay down my life
Do not forsake us, O God O merciful God, I cry
O merciful God, I cry
O merciful God, I cry

O merciful God, I cry...

This song came about when I was 17 or 18 and reading Jeremiah. His pleas with God for the people of Israel were so honest and raw. It gripped me then as it still does now. Songs really do never finish. When Andy and I sat down to work on this one I told him I had jumped awake extra early that morning with the piano riff in my head. He said, "well that means we have to put it in there."