If God Himself Be For Me

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1 If God Himself be for me
Who shall against me be?
His banner waving o'er me,
My foes in terror flee.
If God in Christ befriend me
And stay me with His arm,
The help that He doth lend me
Will keep me safe from harm.

2 My faith and hope are founded
On Jesus Christ alone,
He on the cross was wounded
That I a crown might own.
For what the world doth treasure
Is but a passing gain;
Through Christ in fullest measure
True riches I obtain.

3 In heaven there remaineth
A blissful rest for me,
A joy that never waneth,
A life from sorrow free.
Though tears I here am weeping
And bitter sorrows know,
I am in Jesus' keeping;
He sweetens all my woe.

4 My heart for joy is leaping,
It can no more be sad,
Is golden harvests reaping,
Sees naught but sunshine glad.
The Sun that cheers my spirit
Is Christ, my Lord and King;
The crown I shall inherit
Makes me rejoice and sing.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #212

Translator: Herman H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

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 >

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First Line: If God Himself be for me, Who shall against me be?
Title: If God Himself Be For Me
Translator: Herman H. Brueckner
Author: Paul Gerhardt (1606)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1927
Copyright: Public Domain



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