Lord, you are Merciful and Gracious
How could we sing a song of the Lord in a foreign land? (Psalm 137:4)
I will turn their mourning into joy, I will show them compassion and have them rejoice after their sorrows. (Jer. 31:13b)
When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage
it seemed like a dream
then was our mouths filled with laughter
on our lips there were songs. (Psalm 126:1b-2a)
This life is unstable, insecure — it is existence under the constant threat of the wicked, the enemies lurking in the dark, and Death. But to the devout, the Lord is a refuge, a shield. He is also the inheritance of the faithful, the allotted portion no one — not even Death — can take away.