We sang this last Sunday for Reformation. Its words echo Psalm 46, on which Pastor based his sermon. I can't sing or listen to this hymn without tearing up; it speaks to my heart so very deeply.
Though mountains slide into the sea, and waters rush where fields should be,
Though monuments and nations fall, Your holy city stands through all.
When nothing seems to stay the same, You teach us Your eternal name.
Refrain: I AM forever WHO I AM. Above you, beneath you,
around you and within you. Be still, and know that I am God.
We buy and sell; we lose or gain; our fortunes shift like sun and rain.
Sustain our lives, reward our toil with bread and honey, wine and oil.
Save us and others from our greed; You always give us what we need. [Refrain]
Our lust for power, wealth and land diminishes the earth You planned.
Prevent our crimes and futile wars; convince us that all things are Yours.
We rage and burn and kill and steal. But You redeem, restore and heal. [Refrain]
Like shepherds watching for the light, aware of dangers in the night,
We hear the angel, "Do not fear, the Savior of the world is near."
We run, we see, we touch, we laugh. You came to earth on our behalf. [Refrain]
Each generation looks for truth. And doubt can trouble age or youth.
If other gods would take Your place, remember us with love and grace.
Reclaim us if we go astray; You are the Truth, the Life, the Way. [Refrain]
Some days seem long, though life is brief. And death is waiting like a thief.
When vision fades and dreams go dry, we will on unseen things rely.
Our stories take up but a page, but Yours goes on from age to age. [Refrain]