Entrust Your Days and Burdens

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1 Entrust your days and burdens
To God's most loving hand;
He cares for you while ruling
The sky, the sea, the land.
He that is clouds and tempest
Finds break-through for the sun
Will find right pathways for you
Till trav'ling days are done.

2 Rely on God your Savior
And find your life secure.
Make his work your foundation
That your work may endure.
No anxious thought, no worry,
No self-tormenting care
Can win your Father's favor;
His heart is moved by prayer.

3 Take heart, have hope, my spirit,
And do not be afraid.
From any low depression,
Where agonies are made,
God's grace will lift you upward
On arms of saving might
Until the sun you hoped for
Delights your eager sight.

4 Leave all to God's direction;
His wisdom rules for you
In ways to rouse your wonder
At all his love can do.
When his plans are maturing,
Then wonder-working pow'rs
Will banish from your spirit
What gave you troubled hours.

5 How blest you heir of heaven,
To hear the song resound
Of thanks and jubilation
When you with life are crowned.
In your right hand your maker
Will place the victor's palm,
And for God's great deliv'rance
You'll sing the vict'ry psalm.

6 Until we see the ending
Of all this life's distress.
Faith's hand, love's sinews strengthen,
With joy our spirits bless.
As yours, we have committed
Ourselves into your care
On ways made sure to bring us
To heav'n to praise you there.

Source: Lutheran Worship #427

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gräfenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >

Translator (sts. 1-5): F. Samuel Janzow

F. Samuel Janzow was Professor of English at Concordia University Chicago from 1954 to 1980. NNM Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Entrust your days ad burdens
Title: Entrust Your Days and Burdens
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator (sts. 1-5): F. Samuel Janzow (alt.)
Source: Lutheran Service Book, 2006, (Tr. st. 6)
Language: English
Copyright: Sts. 1-5 © 1982 Concordia Publishing House; St. 6 © 2006 Concordia Publishing House



The tune HERZLICH TUT MICH VERLANGEN has been associated with Gerhardt's text ["O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden"] since they were first published together in 1656. The tune's first association with a sacred text was its attachment in 1913 [sic: should read 1613] to Christoph Knoll's funeral text "Herzl…

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