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Precious word from God in heaven

Representative Text

1 Precious Word from God in heaven,
Full of blessedness to me,
All my trust to Thee is given,
And my springs all rise in Thee;
I in Thee find all I need,
That my soul to God can lead.

2 Gracious Spirit, Thou Who showest
In the Word the Father's heart,
And all needful help bestowest,
Light and sense to me impart,
That I may the riches see
Which God's Word here offers me.

3 In its solemn contemplation
From vain cares let me be free,
And in prayerful adoration,
Stay Thou all my thoughts on Thee,
That the world may not annoy
While I make Thy Word my joy.

4 What I read, help me to heed it;
What Thou sayest, let me do;
Strength to faith grant as I need it,
And remind me still anew
That the faith that counts above
Is e'er active here in love.

5 Let Thy grace sustain, protect me,
That my ways ne'er from Thee part;
Thy enlight'ning Word direct me;
Seal this treasure in my heart,
That my faith may steadfast prove,
Till I walk by sight above.

Amen.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #32

Author: Benjamin Schmolck

Schmolck, Benjamin, son of Martin Schmolck, or Schmolcke, Lutheran pastor at Brauchitschdorf (now Chrόstnik) near Liegnitz in Silesia (now Poland) was born at Brauchitschdorf, Dec. 21, 1672. He entered the Gymnasium at Lauban in 1688, and spent five years there. After his return home he preached for his father a sermon which so struck the patron of the living that he made Benjamin an allowance for three years to enable him to study theology. He matriculated, at Michaelmas, 1693, at the University of Leipzig, where he came under the influence of J. Olearius, J. B. Carpzov, and others, and throughout his life retained the character of their teaching, viz. a warm and living practical Christianity, but Churchly in tone and not Pietistic. In th… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Precious word from God in heaven
Author: Benjamin Schmolck

Tune

REGENT SQUARE (Smart)

Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…

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American Lutheran Hymnal #32

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #189

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #189

Songs of Praise #d251

Songs of Praise for Sunday Schools, Church Societies and the Home #d257

The Pioneer Hymnal #d220

The Sunday School Hymnal #d161

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