Over the mountains, through the deep vale;
Jesus has said, "I'll never forsake you,"
Promise divine that never can fail.
Heavenly sunlight, heavenly sunlight,
Flooding our souls with glory ablaze:
Hallelujah, we are rejoicing,
Thankful for blessing, singing our praise.
-- Words: Henry J. Zelley, William Kirkpatrick , Henry Gilmour (19thC) adapted
Psalm 72 Deus, judicium
|1||Give the King your justice, O God, *|
and your righteousness to the King's son;
|2||That he may rule your people righteously *|
and the poor with justice.
|3||That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *|
and the little hills bring righteousness.
|4||He shall defend the needy among the people; *|
he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
|5||He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *|
from one generation to another.
|6||He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *|
like showers that water the earth.
Deut. 31:30-32:14 (NRSV)
30Then Moses recited the words of this song, to the very end, in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:
Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2May my teaching drop like the rain, my speech condense like the dew; like gentle rain on grass, like showers on new growth. 3For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God! 4The Rock, his work is perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God, without deceit, just and upright is he; 5yet his degenerate children have dealt falsely with him, a perverse and crooked generation. 6Do you thus repay the LORD, O foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?
Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.