O God, my strength and fortitudeAuthor: Thomas Sternhold (1549)
Published in 29 hymnals
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1 O God, my Strength and Fortitude,
Of force I must love Thee;
Thou art my Castle and Defense,
In my necessity.
2 The Lord Jehovah is my God,
My Rock, my Strength, my Wealth;
My strong Deliverer and my Trust,
My spirit's only Health.
3 In my distress I sought my God,
I sought Jehovah's face:
My cry before Him came; He heard
Out of His holy place.
4 The Lord descended from above
And bowed the heavens most high;
And underneath His feet He cast
The darkness of the sky.
5 On cherub and on cherubim
Full royally he rode.
And on the wings of mighty winds
Came flying all abroad.
6 The voice of God did thunder high.
The lightnings answered keen;
The channels of the deep were bared,
The world's foundations seen.
7 And so delivered He my soul;
Who is a rock but He?
He liveth - blessed be my Rock;
My God exalted be.
The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895
O God, my strength and fortitude. T. Sternhold. [Ps. xviii.] This version of the xviiith Psalm appeared in the Old Version, 1561, and was repeated in all the subsequent editions of the Old Version. In the older hymn-books a cento therefrom was in somewhat extensive use in Great Britain and America. It began,
“The Lord descended from above
And bow'd the heavens high:
And underneath His feet he cast
The darkness of the sky,"
and consisted of stanzas ix., x. and i., in the order named. In some collections the second line reads "And bow'd the heavens most high," and an additional stanza is placed between sts. ii. and iii., as "He sat serene upon the floods," an altered form of Sternhold's version of Ps. xxix. 10.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Rejoice in the Lord #86||O God, My Strength and Fortitude||O God, my strength and fortitude||MONTROSE||Thomas Sternhold||CM||Psalm 18||1985||God | Love for; Righteousness, Reward of ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #4871||O God, My Strength and Fortitude||O God, my strength and fortitude||HERMANN||Thomas Sternhold, 1500-1549||CM|