Scripture Verse

Come before His presence with singing. Psalm 100:2

Introduction

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Catherine Winkworth
(1827–1878)

Words: Bar­thol­o­mä­us Cras­se­li­us, in the Geist­reich­es Ge­sang­buch (Hal­le, Ger­ma­ny: 1697), page 587 (Dir, dir Je­ho­vah, will ich sing­en). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, 1863.

Music: Dir, Dir, Je­ho­vah, Neu­es Geist­reich­es Ge­sang­buch, Jo­hann A. Frey­ling­hau­sen (Hal­le, Ger­ma­ny: 1704) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Johann A. Freylinghausen
(1670–1739)

Lyrics

Jehovah, let me now adore Thee,
For where is there a God, such, Lord, as Thou?
With songs I fain would come before Thee;
O let Thy Holy Spirit teach me now
To praise Thee in His name through whom alone
Our songs can please Thee, through Thy blessèd Son.

O Father, draw me to my Savior
That Thy dear Son may draw me unto Thee;
Thy Spirit guide my whole behavior
And rule both sense and reason thus in me,
That, Lord, Thy peace I taste may ne’er depart,
But wake sweet melodies within my heart.

O joy! our hope and trust are founded
On His sure Word, and witness in the heart;
I know Thy mercies are unbounded,
And all good gifts Thou freely wilt impart,
Nay, more is lavished by Thou bounteous hand,
Than we can ask or seek or understand.

O joy! In His name we draw near Thee,
Who ever pleadeth for the sons of men;
I ask in faith and Thou wilt hear me,
In Him Thy promises are all Amen.
O joy for me! and praise be ever Thine,
Whose wondrous love has made such blessings mine!