O come before Jehovah

Full Text

1 O come before Jehovah
And bless His holy name;
With songs of grateful gladness
Make known abroad His fame,
Who with His arm of power
Has been our help and shield,
So that we stand undaunted
And safely hold the field.

2 To God alone all glory
Who helped us hitherto,
Whose mercy and compassion
Have been each morning new;
Who kept our feet from stumbling
And shed abroad His light
When doubt and danger threatened
To leave our souls in night.

3 We praise our heav'nly Father,
Who filled us with His love,
Who sent in fullest measure
His mercy from above;
Who helped us in our labors
With courage ever new,
That we to His example
Might evermore be true.

4 Be with us, Lord, we pray Thee,
As we pursue our way;
Be with us, Lord, and keep us
And bless us day by day,
That we, Thy children, growing
In spirit like to Thee,
May serve Thee in our neighbor
With fervent love and free.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #530

Author: Paul E. Kretzmann

Professor Paul E. Kretzman led a group of Lutherans who left church fellowship with some Lutheran congregations in 1956 after he was charged with teaching error in class. He and his followers organized the Lutheran Churches of the Reformation. He wrote several Bible Commentaries and translated many hymns. NN, Hymnary from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheran_Churches_of_the_Reformation Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O come before Jehovah
Author: Paul E. Kretzmann

Tune

ST. THEODULPH (Teschner)

Now often named ST. THEODULPH because of its association with this text, the tune is also known, especially in organ literature, as VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN. It was composed by Melchior Teschner (b. Fraustadt [now Wschowa, Poland], Silesia, 1584; d. Oberpritschen, near Fraustadt, 1635) for "Valet wi…

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