Scripture Verse

Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24–25


Ludvig M. Lindeman (1812–1887)

Words: Ni­ko­lai F. S. Grundt­vig, in Sang-Vaerk til den Danske Kirk, 1837 (Kirk­en Den Er Gam­melt Hus). Trans­lat­ed from Da­nish to Eng­lish by Carl Døv­ing, 1909, & Fred C. M. Han­sen, 1958.

Music: Kirk­en Den Er Et Lud­vig M. Lin­de­man, in Christ­elige Psalm­er, by W. A. Wex­el (Os­lo, Nor­way: 1840) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Nikolai F. S. Grundtvig (1783–1872)


Built on the rock the church doth stand,
Even when stee­ples are fall­ing;
Crumbled have spires in ev­ery land,
Bells still are chim­ing and call­ing;
Calling the young and old to rest,
But above all the soul dis­tressed,
Longing for rest ev­er­last­ing.

Surely in tem­ples made with hands,
God, the Most High, is not dwell­ing;
High above earth His tem­ple stands,
All earth­ly tem­ples ex­cel­ling;
Yet He whom hea­vens can­not con­tain
Chose to abide on earth with men,
Built in our bo­dies His tem­ple.

We are God’s house of liv­ing stones,
Builded for His ha­bi­ta­tion;
He through bap­tis­mal grace us owns,
Heirs of His won­drous sal­va­tion;
Were we but two His name to tell,
Yet He would deign with us to dwell,
With all His grace and His fa­vor.

Now we may ga­ther with our king;
Even in the low­li­est dwell­ing:
Praises to Him we there may bring,
His won­drous mer­cy fore­tell­ing;
Jesus His grace to us ac­cords,
Spirit and life are all His words,
His truth doth hal­low the tem­ple.

Still we our earth­ly tem­ples rear,
That we may her­ald His prais­es;
They are the homes where He draws near
And lit­tle child­ren em­brac­es,
Beautiful things in them are said,
God there with us His co­ve­nant made,
Making us heirs of His king­dom.

Here stands the font be­fore our eyes
Telling how God did re­ceive us;
The al­tar re­calls Christ’s sac­ri­fice
And what His ta­ble doth give us;
Here sounds the Word that doth pro­claim
Christ yes­ter­day, to­day, the same,
Yea, and for aye our Re­deem­er.

Grant then, O God, wher­e’er men roam,
That, when the church bells are ring­ing,
Many in sav­ing faith may come
Where Christ His mes­sage is bring­ing:
I know Mine own, Mine own know Me;
Ye, not the world, My face shall see.
My peace I leave with you, Amen.