1 O God, you have rejected us, broken our defences;
you have been angry; now restore us!
2 You have caused the land to quake; you have torn it open;
repair the cracks in it, for it is tottering.
3 You have made your people suffer hard things;
you have given us wine to drink that made us reel.
4 You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
to rally to it out of bowshot.
5 Give victory with your right hand, and answer us,
so that those whom you love may be rescued.
6 God has promised in his sanctuary:
‘With exultation I will divide up Shechem,
and portion out the Vale of Succoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim is my helmet;
Judah is my sceptre.
8 Moab is my wash-basin;
on Edom I hurl my shoe;
over Philistia I shout in triumph.’
9 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Have you not rejected us, O God?
You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
11 O grant us help against the foe,
for human help is worthless.
12 With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes.
There is a haunting song, “Beautiful Things” by Gundor that speaks to God’s ability to make beautiful things out of dust, out of hard things. That song plays in my head as I read this song and the words, ‘hard things,’ shimmer. The wonder of God to do miracles and change fortunes when we see only hard things and suffering. I cling to the truth of those words in that time.
Ever Present Lord, we want to sing with confidence and assurance that you are a God of miracles. A God that when we experience hard things will make something beautiful. Amen.