Lift Every Voice and Sing (ELW 841)
1 Lift ev’ry voice and sing till earth and heaven ring,
ring with the harmonies of liberty.
Let our rejoicing rise high as the list’ning skies,
let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won.
2 Stony the road we trod, bitter the chast’ning rod,
felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet
come to the place for which our people sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered;
we have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
3 God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
thou who hast by thy might led us into the light,
keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee;
lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee;
shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand,
true to our God, true to our native land.
I believe that the heart of what God desires of us is to be in relationship with God. Though we stumble and fall short of the glory of God and fail to keep God the main thing, the promises of God never fail us. The psalmist this week reminds us to give praise to the one who reigns over us, and that when we stumble, it is God who picks us up and gives us hope to carry on in the name of Jesus, for the sake of the world.
James W. Johnson wrote in the third verse of his poem, “God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who hast brought us thus far on the way, thou who hast by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray.” Amen! After all, lest we forget, all of creation is God’s main thing.
Thank you, Lord, for your unfailing love for us and all creation. Amen.