IN WHAT STRANGE LAND (words by Shirley Erena Murray)                             

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Lyrics

In what strange land shall I sing Your song,
O God, my God?
to what new code must my heart belong,
O God, my God?
the boundaries shift as the lines delete,
and the way back home is a tired beat:
there are new directions to take my feet
to follow You.

With what new eyes will I see Your hand,
O God, my God?
by what new chart shall I understand,
O God, my God?
the old worlds wither away and die:
Your new creation is like the sky
with new-found galaxies spinning by
which dazzle me.

You test my faith in a different sphere,
O God, my God,
You guide the cursor that brings me here,
O God, my God,
for childhood things keep me in the past,
remembered hymns that still hold me fast,
familiar words that were meant to last,
and sing along.

You put a new song into my mouth,
O God, my God,
You lift my spirit to touch Your truth,
O God, my God,
You give me bread when I fear a stone,
You do not leave me to walk alone,
my heart will trust in Your heart’s unknown,
O god, my God!

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