696. O God, My Faithful God

1 O God, my faithful God,
True fountain ever flowing,
Without whom nothing is,
All perfect gifts bestowing:
Give me a healthy frame,
And may I have within
A conscience free from blame,
A soul unstained by sin.

2 Grant me the strength to do
With ready heart and willing
Whatever You command,
My calling here fulfilling;
That I do what I should
While trusting You to bless
The outcome for my good,
for You must give success.

3 Keep me from saying words
That later need recalling;
Guard me lest idle speech
May from my lips be falling;
But when within my place
I must and ought to speak,
Then to my words give grace
Lest I offend the weak.

4 Lord, let me win my foes
With kindly words and actions,
And let me find good friends
For counsel and correction.
Help me, as You have taught,
To love both great and small
And by Your Spirit's might
To live in peace with all.

5 Let me depart this life
Confiding in my Savior;
By grace receive my soul
That it may live forever;
And let my body have
A quiet resting place
Within a Christian grave;
And let it sleep in peace.

6 And on that final day
When all the dead are waking,
Stretch out Your mighty hand,
My deathly slumber breaking.
Then let me hear Your voice,
Redeem this earthly frame,
And bid me to rejoice
With those who love Your name.

Text Information
First Line: O God, my faithful God
Title: O God, My Faithful God
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78
Author: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 67 67 66 66
Scripture: 1 John 5:14-15; James 1:5; James 1:17; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: O GOTT, DU FROMMER GOTT
Meter: 67 67 66 66
Key: F Major or modal
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)



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