"Where Is the God of Justice?"

(as in Malachi 2:17)

"Where is the God of justice?"
The chosen people cried
In envy of the wicked
Who prospered in their pride.
The Lord foretold in answer
The Messenger they sought,
For He would judge each action
And purify each thought.

"Where is the God of justice?"
He came with sinless hands;
He weighed and found us wanting,
Condemned by His commands.
Behold this God of justice,
Whose mercy tipped the scale
When blood poured out in pardon
From thorn and spear and nail.

"Where is the God of justice?"
The world today cries out
From lives aflame with suffering,
With voices wracked with doubt.
But justice cannot help us
Who suffer first from sin;
Come down, O God of mercy,
And heal these wounds within!
  • meditationis
    My favorite Obscure Hymnist has again Done Good. :-)

    2.8 is especially nice.

    I stumbled briefly at 2.4 ("condemned") but I think I just needed a drink of water before reading.

    1.6 - So, "messenger" always makes me think of John the Baptist. I looked at the context of Malachi and it appears the first messenger in Malachi 3:1 could refer to John but that the second messenger (the messenger of the covenant) does not. Do I have that right? And you are referring to the messenger of the covenant here, yes?

    Oh, and I liked the first quatrain immensely. Reminded me of Psalm 73.
    by meditationis at 11/28/11 8:20PM
  • heidiw
    I always love your hymns. Such thoughtful lyrics. Especially verse 2 lines 4-8. Such a concept takes my breath away more and more these days.
    by heidiw at 11/28/11 9:05PM

ST. PETERSBURG revision

I've given up on using the hymn title because the title keeps changing. :) Scripture references in parentheses.

Restore Our Hearts

Restore our hearts to You, O Lord; (Lam. 5:21; Mal. 4:6)
Restore, that we may be restored. (Lam. 5:21)
The love of many has grown cold; (Mat. 24:12)
Renew our days, as days of old. (Lam. 5:21)
Redeem us from this foreign land (Exd. 6:6; Psa. 137:4)
With outstretched arm and mighty hand. (Deu. 5:15)

Restore our minds to fear and awe (Mal. 2:5)
That we may rise to hear Your law. (Neh. 8:5)
Provoke each proud and stubborn heart (Deu. 8:14; Jer. 5:23)
To wisdom in its inmost part. (Psa. 51:6)
With head upraised and spirit stirred, (Hag. 1:14)
We all shall tremble at Your word. (Ezr. 9:4)

Restore our souls as we repent; (Psa. 23:3)
With grace, confirm Your covenant. (Lev. 26:9)
Possess this people for Your own; (1 Pet. 2:9)
Engrave our hearts like precious stone. (2 Cor. 3:3; 1 Pet. 2:4)
Inscribe our call and our reward: (1 Pet. 1:15)
“A nation holy to the Lord.” (Exd. 28:36; 1 Pet. 2:9)


Thoughts?
  • meditationis
    Keep this up and I'll have to add it to SHE. :-)
    by meditationis at 06/23/11 4:27PM
  • wifelet
    Why do I even bother clicking on your lit up name anymore? ;-)
    by wifelet at 06/23/11 9:42PM
  • meditationis
    You should get a dog to bark at the rabbits while they eat the lilies. Of course, then you have to make sure the dog doesn't dig up the lilies....
    by meditationis at 07/06/11 8:50AM

ST. PETERSBURG revision

I've given up on using the hymn title because the title keeps changing. :) Scripture references in parentheses.

Restore Our Hearts

Restore our hearts to You, O Lord; (Lam. 5:21; Mal. 4:6)
Restore, that we may be restored. (Lam. 5:21)
The love of many has grown cold; (Mat. 24:12)
Renew our days, as days of old. (Lam. 5:21)
Redeem us from this foreign land (Exd. 6:6; Psa. 137:4)
With outstretched arm and mighty hand. (Deu. 5:15)

Restore our minds to fear and awe (Mal. 2:5)
That we may rise to hear Your law. (Neh. 8:5)
Provoke each proud and stubborn heart (Deu. 8:14; Jer. 5:23)
To wisdom in its inmost part. (Psa. 51:6)
With head upraised and spirit stirred, (Hag. 1:14)
We all shall tremble at Your word. (Ezr. 9:4)

Restore our souls as we repent; (Psa. 23:3)
With grace, confirm Your covenant. (Lev. 26:9)
Possess this people for Your own; (1 Pet. 2:9)
Engrave our hearts like precious stone. (2 Cor. 3:3; 1 Pet. 2:4)
Inscribe our call and our reward: (1 Pet. 1:15)
“A nation holy to the Lord.” (Exd. 28:36; 1 Pet. 2:9)


Thoughts?

As long as I'm posting hymns again,

have this one. Tune: the majestic ST. PETERSBURG.

Return Our Hearts

Return our hearts to You, O Lord;
Restore, that we may be restored.
The love of many has grown cold;
Renew our days, as days of old.
With outstretched arm, O God, reclaim
A remnant taught to fear Your name.

Awake in us the reverent awe
To be attentive to Your law.
Within our inward parts, inspire
The love of truth that You desire.
With head upraised and spirit stirred,
We all shall tremble at Your word.

From heaven, hear when we repent;
With grace, confirm Your covenant.
Possess this people for Your own;
Engrave our hearts like precious stone.
Inscribe our call and our reward:
"A nation holy to the Lord."

  • pistal77
    thought provoking! I like it!
    by pistal77 at 06/10/11 1:17AM
  • tom_bombadil
    nice
    by tom_bombadil at 06/14/11 8:26AM
  • kendralulu
    I love "engrave our hearts like precious stone"! :)
    by kendralulu at 06/22/11 10:40AM
  • tom_bombadil
    "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."

    I love looking at a well-written hymn and thinking, "I know the verse that says that!"
    by tom_bombadil at 06/22/11 10:35PM

Because Sarah said I should update. . .

. . . have a hymn.

Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega,
Great and wise alone,
Earth is but Your footstool
Heaven, but Your throne.
All the starry reaches
That our eyes have spanned,
Sun and constellation,
Nestle in Your hand.

Alpha and Omega,
Ancient and sublime,
Guardian of mystery,
Architect of time.
Century and eon
Pass before Your sight
As the fleeting watches
Of a single night.

Alpha and Omega,
Origin and end,
This, Your greatest wonder,
None can comprehend:
Your eternal spirit,
Dwarfing time and space,
Condescends to love us
And bestow Your grace.


Tune: ADORO DEVOTE. This makes the fourth, I think, hymn I've written to ADORO DEVOTE. Someday, I'll get it right.
  • meditationis
    Nice.
    by meditationis at 06/02/11 8:03PM
  • entheos
    (t) I like it! But I don't know that tune.
    by entheos at 06/02/11 9:59PM
  • rundrummerrun
    Wow.
    by rundrummerrun at 06/02/11 10:44PM
  • meditationis
    ^^That's what we all say when Matt graces us with a hymn. ;-)
    by meditationis at 06/03/11 3:52PM
  • wifelet
    That's not what I say when Matt graces us with a hymn. Mostly, I say, "Really? You have an adorable 14 month old daughter, and an adorable son due in 3 months, you haven't posted in nearly a year, and all you can put up is a hymn? REALLY?!?" But, maybe that's just me.
    by wifelet at 06/03/11 8:47PM
  • heidiw
    LOVE, Love, love this. Do you give hymn writing lessons? ;) Because my thoughts need your help.
    by heidiw at 06/04/11 5:18PM
  • kendrad
    "Architect of time" is a really great line. : )
    by kendrad at 06/05/11 9:08AM
  • meditationis
    Well, you have point there. Maybe if the hymn were about how adorable the children were?
    by meditationis at 06/08/11 12:33PM
  • anne
    I like "architect of time," as well. Good job, as always!
    by anne at 06/08/11 1:46PM