What Does the Lord Require?

The text of this hymn is inspired by Micah 6:8.

What does the Lord require for praise and offering?
What sacrifice desire, or tribute bid you bring?
Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.

Rulers of earth, give ear! Should you not justice show?
Will God your pleading hear, while crime and cruelty grow?
Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.

Still down the ages ring the prophet’s stern commands.
To merchant, worker, king he brings God’s high demands.
Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.

How shall my life fulfill God’s law so hard and high?
Let Christ endue our will with grace to fortify.
Then justly, in mercy we’ll humbly walk with God.

–From the album Music For The Year Of Matthew: Hymns, Chant, and Anthems for Ordinary Time, Cycle A.

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