Rise Up, Lord (Psalm 12)

Psalm 12

Plea for Help in Evil Times

To the leader: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
    the faithful have disappeared from humankind.
They utter lies to each other;
    with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
    the tongue that makes great boasts,
those who say, “With our tongues we will prevail;
    our lips are our own—who is our master?”

“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
    I will now rise up,” says the Lord;
    “I will place them in the safety for which they long.”
The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
    silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
    purified seven times.

You, O Lord, will protect us;
    you will guard us from this generation forever.
On every side the wicked prowl,
    as vileness is exalted among humankind. (Psalm 12:1-8, New Revised Standard Version)

Rise Up
A Poem Based on Psalm 12

Rise up Lord, show through the fog of the world a picture of love.
Rise up Lord, the love you give is not for your worthy children
Rise up Lord, if we must be worthy, shall we see the Holy?Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

My God, My God, Rise up, give my heart your joy.
My God, My God, Rise up, let me know your peace.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

Rise up Lord, those who boast in their own greatness, turn them away
Rise up Lord, quiet those who love so much the sounds of their voice
Rise up, Lord, people who praise with mouth and empty heart, teach them
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

My God, My God, rise up, my faith is fragile.
My God, My God, rise up, your children need hope.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

Rise up Lord, the poor have nothing and turn to you for their hope.
Rise up Lord, those in need are trampled under those having much.
Rise up Lord, open your arms of strength to protect your children.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

My God, My God, rise up, this servant needs strength.
My God, My God, rise up, show me love’s power.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

Rise up Lord, I need your comfort as I alone worship you.
Rise up Lord, give me your grace, without you Lord, I cannot stand.
Rise up Lord, I need peace, when life falls apart, to you I turn.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

My God, My God, Rise up and show me your ways,
My God, My God, rise up and I will serve you.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

Rise up, Lord, refine those who praise you with hearts filled with your love.
Rise up, Lord, as the refiner purifies silver, cleanse me,
Rise up, Lord, only you who loves me can change my heart and soul.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

My God, My God, rise up, I need my God’s grace.
My God, My God, rise up, teach me to live love.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

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