Saturday, September 1, 2012

September 01, 2012

Today I discovered a particularly beautiful poem by Martin Luther . . .

Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord!

Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord!
Be all Thy graces now outpoured
On each believer’s mind and heart;
Thy fervent love to them impart.
Lord, by the brightness of Thy light
Thou in the faith dost men unite
Of every land and every tongue;
This to Thy praise, O Lord, our God, be sung.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Thou holy Light, Guide divine,
Oh, cause the Word of Life to shine!
Teach us to know our God aright
And call Him Father with delight.
From every error keep us free;
Let none but Christ our Master be
That we in living faith abide,
In Him, our Lord, with all our might confide.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Thou holy Fire, Comfort true,
Grant us the will Thy work to do
And in Thy service to abide;
Let trials turn us not aside.
Lord, by Thy power prepare each heart
And to our weakness strength impart
That bravely here we may contend,
Through life and death to Thee, our Lord, ascend.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 

Some lines hold eerie presentiments of the suffering that Protestant believers would undergo in the course of history. “. . . That bravely here we may contend, through life and death to Thee, our Lord, ascend” . . . this was a sentiment all-too-familiar to reformers and their flocks in the 16th century and beyond. Martin Luther may have been a little rough around the edges, but he was truly a man of God and had a talent for crafting beautiful poetry and songs.

(c) 2012 Joyously Saved

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