Oh Lord, that I might have a song to sing…
My voice is lost
my heart is gone
my story read
and dead for life
Who have I in heaven but You?
And earth has nothing I desire besides You
You have redeemed my soul
from the pit of emptiness
You have redeemed my soul from death
Let the loving deeds of the Lord be retold
of a love foretold from the infinite dayspring
Find me, O God! For my soul is tied up
and I linger in loneliness
Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,
and broke away their chains.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
for he breaks down gates of bronze
and cuts through bars of iron.
He fills the hungry with good things.