There is a blessed power

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1 There is a blessed power
That shields us from all woe,
And like a mighty tower
Protects us from the foe;
It is the faith abiding
In Jesus Christ, our Lord;
It is the faith confiding
In God's own blessed Word.

2 By faith was Moses guided
To reach the promised land
And Israel provided
With manna from God's hand;
In want and tribulation,
Exposed to fire and sword,
God's children found salvation
By faith in Christ, the Lord.

3 When shades of night enclose us
And griefs our hearts dismay,
When foes with might oppose us
And friends our trust betray,
In fear and tribulation
We take the shield of faith,
And with this consolation
We fight the pow'rs of death.

4 Arise, then, all believers,
Lift high this mighty shield;
The strongest arrow shivers
Against its gleaming field;
And ye shall walk protected
From Satan's wiles and might
Until in grace perfected
Ye dwell with God in light.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #129

Author: J. C. Aaberg

Jens Christian Aaberg (b. Moberg, Denmark, 1877; d. Minneapolis, MN, 1970) immigrated to the United States in 1901. Educated at Grand View College and Seminary in Des Moines, Iowa, he entered the ministry of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served congregations in Marinette, Wisconsin; Dwight, Illinois; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aaberg wrote Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark (1945), translated at least eighty hymns from Danish into English, and served on four hymnal committees. In 1947 King Frederick of Denmark awarded him the Knight Cross of Denmark. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987  Go to person page >

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First Line: There is a blessed power
Author: J. C. Aaberg
Copyright: Public Domain


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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