maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
God says soon
What Joseph needs now
God says not long
What the peacemakers seek now
God says hold your breath a little longer
What the hungry long for now
God says hush but a moment
What the poor yearn for now
God says, wait a little more
What the lonely hunger for now
God says shortly
What the forgotten thirst for now
God says presently
What the world aches for now
God says soon and very soon
Time is moving towards incarnation
justice is slipping into skin
peace is labouring
truth is taking human shape
he has established his throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.
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Lord, when we say ‘Give us today our daily bread,’
may we remember our brothers and sisters
who live below the poverty line
and pray, ‘Give them today their daily bread.’
Give us the wisdom and courage to challenge the policies and structures
which make the poor even poorer,
while we have more than enough.
Grant us such deep compassion that we will not rest
while surplus food rots in one part of the world,
and families starve in another;
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