Once she was called the joy of the earth,
Til her people abandoned the word of God.
And in justice he burned against her,
Faithful to the promise he'd spoken.
Her inheritance was given to the nations,
Once glory shone out but now they mock.
Words that should have delighted her heart,
Sounded in bitter songs of lament.
The LORD reigns forever
Outside of his favour is only death and despair
Only he can restore, only he brings life
The city will rise from the misery of sin ,
And he will be the new city, coming from heaven.
Those he has saved will live with their God,
When the old passes away and all is renewed.