788. If God My Lord Be for Me

1 If God my Lord be for me,
I may a host defy;
for when I pray, before me
my foes, confounded, fly.
If Christ, my head and master,
befriend me from above,
What foe or what disaster
Can drive me from His love?

2 I build on this foundation,
that Jesus and his blood
alone are my salvation,
the true, eternal good.
Without him all that pleases
will vain and empty prove.
The gifts I have from Jesus
alone are worth my love.

3 Christ Jesus is my splendor,
my sun, my light, alone;
were he not my defender
before the judgment throne,
I never should find favor
and mercy in God's sight,
but be destroyed forever
as darkness by the light.

4 For joy my heart is ringing;
all sorrow disappears;
and full of mirth and singing,
it wipes away all tears.
The sun that cheers my spirit
is Jesus Christ, my king;
the heav'n I shall inherit
makes me rejoice and sing.

Text Information
First Line: If God my Lord be for me
Title: If God My Lord Be for Me
Original Language: German
Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676
Translator: Richard Massie, 1800-1887 (adapt.)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Grief, Sorrow; Trust, Guidance; Judgment
Tune Information
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: a minor
Source: English melody, 16th cent.
Copyright: Arr. © 2006 Augsburg Fortress

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