The text is a simple and memorable setting of the Beatitudes. “Rejoice and be glad!” from verse 12 serves as an encouraging and uplifting refrain.
Sing! A New Creation
Stanzas 4 and 5 speak about the call to seek peace and, even, to suffer hate. These requirements are the same as those which gave rise to the Belhar Confession, Section 3. The church is called to be a “peacemaker” and to “witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwell.” The Belhar Confession, Section 5 calls the church to obedience even though “…punishment and suffering be the consequence.”