O joyous light of glory,
eternal splendor of the Father,
holy blessed Son, Jesus Christ!
1 Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
the evening lamp is lit;
we sing to the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit. [Refrain]
2 At all times you are worthy to be praised
with lips undefiled;
O Son of God, giver of life,
all creation sings your glory. [Refrain]
3 Let my prayer, O Lord, arise
before you like incense,
and the raising of my hands
be as an evening sacrifice. [Refrain]
4 Therefore in celebrating your glory,
we proclaim the love of the Father,
in the light of the Spirit,
burning seal which makes you one!
The spirit of this song can come only from those who thankfully receive each day as a gift from God’s hand. Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 44 teaches, “Life is a gift from God’s hand” which we receive thankfully “with reverence for the Creator...” (paragraph 44).
The call for God’s help in our daily living arises from those who are confident of his fatherly care; consider reading Belgic Confession, Article 13 and Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 9, Question and Answer 26.