152. Who Trusts in God, a Sure Defense

1 Who trusts in God, a strong defense
in heaven and earth possesses;
who looks in love to Christ above,
no fear that heart oppresses.
In thee alone, dear Lord, we own
sweet hope and consolation:
our shield from foes, our balm for woes,
our great and sure salvation.

2 Though Satan's wrath beset our path
and worldly scorn assail us,
while thou art near we will not fear,
thy strength shall never fail us.
Thy rod and staff shall keep us safe,
and guide our steps forever,
nor shades of death, nor hell beneath,
our souls from you shall sever.

3 In all the strife of mortal life
our feet shall stand securely;
temptations' hour shall lose its power,
for thou shalt guard us surely.
O God, renew, with heavenly dew
our body, soul, and spirit
until we stand at thy right hand,
through Jesus' saving merit.

Text Information
First Line: Who trusts in God, a sure defense
Title: Who Trusts in God, a Sure Defense
Translator: W.W. How (1864, alt.)
Translator: B. H. Kennedy (1863)
Author: Joachim Magdeburg (1572)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: D iambic
Scripture: Psalm 23:2; Psalm 46:2
Topic: Faith and Aspiration
Source: Wer Gott vertraut
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: J.S. Bach
Composer (melody, attr.): Claude de Sermisy, d. 1562
Meter: D iambic
Key: a minor
Copyright: Arr. used by permission of Yale University Press

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