R E F U G E

Shine forth in retribution Lord,
Rise up and judge the proud.
How long will wicked ones proclaim
Their arrogance aloud!

They pour out vain, conceited speech,
God’s own, they crush and grieve;
They say that Jacob’s God cannot,
Their violence perceive.

When will the simple understand
Or foolish ones grow wise?
T’is Him who hears and sees it all
Who formed our ears and eyes

Our mortal thoughts are empty breath
But God discerns our mind;
And he will discipline the world,
Instructing humankind.

How blessed are the disciplined
Who learn from sacred page
The Lord gives rest from troubled days
When justice comes of age

Can wicked leaders stand with you
Who write unjust decrees?
As they condemn the innocent
And disregard their pleas

May God destroy their unjust ways
And judge them for their wrong
For He will always be my rock
My fortress firm and strong

Unless the LORD had given help
My soul, my life to save
I surely would have slipped into
A dark and silent grave

When troubles overwhelm my soul
My foot begins to slide
Your steadfast love will strengthen me
And hold me by your side

—Psalm 94

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