Psalm 5:11–12 11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them,that those who love your name may rejoice in you. 12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

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Oh Lord, we come to you with song and thanksgiving. Make glad our hearts spreading your protection over us, oh Lord.

Your rain falls on the just and the unjust oh my Lord! Surely you favor those who are righteous, but what of those who speak out in righteous indignation, stirring up hatred.

What of those who call on your name to strike down the unjust and the innocent. Where, Oh Lord, does your favor lie?

Is it not man who has caused war and rumors of war? What obligation are we under to spread our protection over refugees or to care for the poor? Is it enough to pray for blessings in faith and take no action?

If we truly rejoice in your name, oh Lord of all creation, must we not love all people? Must we not take care of all you created? Help us, oh Lord! Help us forgo our greed and our hatred. Spread your favor like a protective shield. Bless us, oh Lord. with true righteousness. Let our hearts be gladdened, let us sing your joy.