589. Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens

1 Speak, O Lord, Your servant listens,
Let Your Word to me come near;
Newborn life and spirit give me,
Let each promise still my fear.
Death's dread pow'r, its inward strife,
Wars against Your Word of life;
Fill me, Lord, with love's strong fervor
That I cling to You forever!

2 Oh, what blessing to be near You
And to listen to Your voice;
Let me ever love and hear You,
Let Your Word be now my choice!
Many hardened sinners, Lord,
Flee in terror at Your Word;
But to all who feel sin's burden
You give words of peace and pardon.

3 Lord, Your words are waters living
When my thirsting spirit pleads.
Lord, Your words are bread life-giving;
On Your words my spirit feeds.
Lord, Your words will be my light
through death's cold and dreary night;
Yes, they are my sword prevailing
And my cup of joy unfailing!

4 As I pray, dear Jesus, hear me;
Let Your words in me take root.
May Your Spirit e'er be near me
That I bear abundant fruit.
May I daily sing Your praise,
From my heart glad anthems raise,
Till my highest praise is given
In the endless joy of heaven.

Text Information
First Line: Speak, O Lord, Your servant listens
Title: Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens
Original Language: German
Author: Anna Sophia von Hessen-Darmstadt, 1638-83,
Translator (st. 1-3): George A. T. Rygh, 1860-1942 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 77 88
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: The Word of God; Ordination, Installation
Source: Christian Worship, 1993 tr. st. 4
Tune Information
Name: WERDE MUNTER
Composer: Johann Schop, c. 1590-1667
Arranger: Henry V. Gerike, b. 1948
Meter: 87 87 77 88
Key: F Major
Copyright: Setting © 2006 Concordia Publishing House



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