Barren One, Rejoice!

You were cast off and deserted
like a wife,
in your spirit you were grieved
for the innocence of youth you lost.
Your spirit was ravaged and bereaved.

You were afraid and shaken
like a widow,
confounded at your sure disgrace.
But you shall not feel your loss forever,
the memory of reproach shall be erased.

So sing, you cast off one!
Sing, deserted barren wife.
Rejoice and sing and cry aloud
For the LORD will fill you with new life.
The LORD shall flood you with His life!
The empty cup shall overflow
The Lord declares and makes it so!

You, vacant, without hope of offspring
like a desert waste,
trust the LORD, build more additions
to your tents and meeting places
the nations are your acquisitions!

You are beckoned, by name you’re called,
like a grieving wife.
For God your Maker is your spouse,
the LORD of hosts His name.
The Holy One redeems his house.

So sing, you cast off one!
Sing, deserted barren wife.
Rejoice and sing and cry aloud
For He will fill you with new life.
The LORD shall flood you with His life!
The empty cup shall overflow
The Lord declares and makes it so!

You were deserted for a moment
like a guilty lover shunned.
In overflowing wrath He hid his countenance,
and yet with everlasting love
compassion shall be so much more immense!

You, the object of His boundless grace,
like Noah’s flood,
shall be covered by His promised peace.
The LORD rich in compassion toward you,
His steadfast love shall never cease.

Oh sing, you cast off one!
Sing, deserted barren wife.
Rejoice and sing and cry aloud
For He will fill you with new life.
The LORD shall flood you with His life!
The empty cup shall overflow
The Lord declares and makes it so!

You shall be made great and  glorious,
like a royal city.
Your children will be taught of the LORD
and great their lasting peace,
so assuredly shall you be restored!

You, servants of the Lord, be not afraid,
like a trusting child,
for no crusade against you will to the full succeed.
No tongue or word will be your end,
for vindication from the LORD is explicitly decreed!

So sing, you cast off one!
Sing, deserted barren wife.
Rejoice and sing and cry aloud
For He will fill you with new life.
The LORD shall flood you with His life!
The empty cup shall overflow
The Lord declares and makes it so!

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From Isaiah 54

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