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Why Does Evil Prefer to Act in Secret?
We give thanks to You, O God;
we give thanks, for Your name is near.
Jesus dwells in our hearts by faith
by the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit.
We recount your wondrous deeds,
the great salvation You have worked for us
and applied to our needy souls.
Lord, You speak and say to us:
“At the set time that I appoint
I will judge with equity.
When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
it is I who keep steady its pillars.
I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
do not lift up your horn on high,
or speak with haughty neck.’”
For not from the east or from the west
and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
but it is You, O God, who executes judgment,
putting down one and lifting up another.
For in Your hand, O Lord, there is a cup
with foaming wine, well mixed,
the wine of judgment and wrath
and he pours out from it,
and all the wicked of the earth
shall drain it down to the dregs.
But I will declare it forever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
Jesus has drunk the cup of wrath for Your people, O God.
All the horns of the wicked You will cut off,
but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.
And we give thanks to You, O God,
for it is only by Your grace and by the righteousness of Jesus that we are the righteous who are saved and not the wicked who are condemned.