Light – Part 8: Do Justice

This is a continuation of my exploration of songs from LIGHT.

I am intensely proud of two of my siblings in particular. My oldest brother John, was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest just about a year and a half ago, after a very interesting and long journey, and my oldest sister Julie, a year before that or so, was ordained in the United Church of Christ. Both serve their churches very well and are an inspiration to anyone who might consider switching careers to ministry in mid-life.

John, you’ll get your song someday I’m sure, but Julie inspired me with her life-verse and I wrote a song based on it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t ready for her ordination, but she’s had the opportunity to hear it live a few times, and now it’s been recorded for her (and you) to enjoy anytime.

Do Justice” is based on the passages about justice in the book of Micah, and the chorus expounds on Micah 6:8 in particular. Most people when they choose a “life verse” seem to focus on some promise of God and his peace or love, and there’s nothing wrong with that…

But people like Julie pick a verse to guide their lives that is all about loving and serving and seeking justice for those around her, especially those most put down and disenfranchised. Would that we all thought like that…?

Do Justice

Come on, let’s climb up God’s mountain
Come on, there is peace to be won
Come on, the whole world is crying out.
The God of the Armies of Heaven is calling

Come on, trade your hate for compassion
Come on, trade your violence for love
Come on, beat your swords into plowshares
The God of the Armies of Heaven is calling

Do justice for every woman and man
Bring mercy from Heaven and transform the land
We’ll walk humbly, and stretch out our tiny hands
And follow the heart of the One Who made us

Alleluia,
Alleluia,
Alleluia,
There’s no god like You, God

©2015 Peter J. Hamm, All rights reserved. You can buy and download LIGHT pretty cheap right here.

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One thought on “Light – Part 8: Do Justice

  1. Julie says:

    So, I have a deep and abiding sense of my own salvation. I trust implicitly that God has saved me, and cares for me like a child, or a lover. I don’t need to be reminded of that by my life verse. I do need to be reminded every day to do justice, love kindness (my favorite translation of the word you translate mercy) and especially to walk humbly with my God.

    It just makes sense to me. I don’t gain anything reminding myself of what God has promised. I’ll get that even if I never think about it. I do gain something if I remind myself of the challenges God has put before me.

    Just makes a whole lot of sense.

    Peter’s sister Julie

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