- SING we merrily unto God our strength: make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob.
- Take the psalm, bring hither the tabret: the merry harp with the lute.
- Blow up the trumpet in the new-moon: even in the time appointed, and upon our solemn feast-day.
Then the psalm looks back to all that God had done for Israel in the past, how he had ‘eased their shoulder from the burden’ and that renewed memory of grace gives the psalmist confidence for the future. My response to this psalm follows a similar pattern, and like the psalmist I have found that the beautiful clarity of the moon shining high above our passing troubles, becomes a symbol of hope.
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Till shadows flee at last, and sorrows cease
Come down and ease our shoulders from the burden
To give our straining hearts some soft release,
Lest from sheer weariness they shrink and harden.
Refresh us with the memory of grace,
Remind us of your mercy, of that pardon
You won for us forever from the cross.
Then we will lift a lighter song to you
And glimpse beyond our loneliness and loss
The lovely new moon shining, and the true
Signs of the kingdom coming, where they gleam
And kindle in the east, still showing through
This present darkness, even as a dream
Of light before the dawn. Send us a sign
That things are not so hopeless as they seem.
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