O Lord, Thou Judge of All the Earth
We know some of our readers are not able to find churches where they feel safe, so we are breaking our ‘no posts on the weekend’ routine to give those of you who aren’t in church a little worship time of your own.
The first scripture reading for the day :) is taken from Isaiah 59:14-15
Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands far away;
for truth has stumbled in the public squares,
and uprightness cannot enter.
Truth is lacking,
and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.
The LORD saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no justice.
Now for three passages from Jeremiah:
For wicked men are found among my people;
they lurk like fowlers lying in wait.
They set a trap;
they catch men.
Like a cage full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;
therefore they have become great and rich;
they have grown fat and sleek.
They know no bounds in deeds of evil;
they judge not with justice
the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper,
and they do not defend the rights of the needy.
Shall I not punish them for these things?
declares the LORD,
and shall I not avenge myself
on a nation such as this?”
Everyone deceives his neighbor, and no one speaks the truth;
they have taught their tongue to speak lies;
they weary themselves committing iniquity.
Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit,
they refuse to know me, declares the LORD.
Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”
Our hymn is ‘O Lord, Thou Judge of All the Earth,’ which is sung to the same tune as ‘Ride On Ride On In Majesty.’
You can find more the details of the hymn here.
1 O Lord, thou Judge of all the earth,
to whom all vengeance doth belong,
arise and show thy glory forth,
requite the proud, condemn the wrong.
2 How long, O Lord, in boastful pride
shall wicked men triumphant stand?
How long shall they afflict thy saints
and scorn thy wrath, thy dreadful hand?
3 Be wise, ye fools and brutish men;
shall not he see who formed the eye?
Shall not he hear who formed the ear,
and judge, who reigneth, God Most High?
4 The Lord will judge in righteousness,
from him all truth and knowledge flow;
the foolish thoughts of wicked men,
how vain they are the Lord doth know.
5 That man is blest whom thou, O Lord,
with chast’ning hand dost teach thy will,
for in the day when sinners fall,
that man in peace abideth still.
6 Unless the Lord had been my help,
my life had quickly passed away;
but when my foot had almost slipped,
O Lord, thy mercy was my stay.
Now let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, holding the Lord’s words of consolation in our hearts:
I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.