The Hours: Inheritance Divine

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This song mixes two scriptures together, prayed at different times in the Liturgy of Hours. The first verse is based on Habakkuk 3:17-19.

For the the fig tree blossoms not

Nor fruit be on the vines,

though the yield of the olive fail

and the terraces produce no nourishment,

Though the flocks disappear from the fold

and there be no herd in the stalls

Yet will I rejoice in the Lord

and exult in my saving God

God, my Lord, is my strength;

he makes my feet swift as those of hinds

and enables me to go upon the heights.

The second verse is drawn from Psalm 127:1-2.

If the Lord does not build the house,

in vain do its builders labor;

if the Lord does not watch over the city,

in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

In vain is your earlier rising your going later to rest,

you who toil for the bread you eat:

when he ours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.

Both Scriptures proclaim the faithfulness and protection of God, even when everything looks bad. Where can we get this confidence? In that we are his sons and daughters. So that is why I added the line, “I will not fear as you are near, Inheritance Divine.”

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