By Faith We Are Divinely Sure

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1 By faith we are divinely sure
That grace to us is given.
No human effort can secure
This precious gift from heaven.
'Tis God Himself who must begin
The blessed work of faith within
And lead us to the Savior.

2 A wondrous blessing is our faith,
It gives the peace we treasure,
It comforts us in life and death
And grants us joy's full measure.
It helps us overcome our grief,
And for our doubts we find relief
By trusting in God's promise.

3 Though in a dark and fearsome hour
My sins may sore accuse me,
God shall sustain me by His power
And not His grace refuse me.
More than my sins His grace abounds,
A truth that in His Word resounds
For all repentant sinners.

4 The Word of God can never fail,
It is the rock of ages
When Satan doth my faith assail,
Or doubt its battle wages
No more shall fear my soul enfold,
Since I by faith God's grace behold,
Which every fear can banish.

5 My faith shall keep in mind its goal
And constantly endeavor
To conquer what ensnares the soul
And would from God me sever,
While holding fast its gleaming shield,
The Spirit's sword I too will wield,
Until my foes are vanquished.

6 Now in this faith I will abide
Until my days are ended.
I will not fear what may betide,
I am by faith defended.
God's Word a token doth remain
That in this faith I shall retain
The promised crown and glory.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #188

Translator: 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 >

Author: Hans Adolf Brorson

Hans Adolph Brorson (June 20, 1694, Randerup – June 3, 1764, Ribe) was a Danish Pietist bishop and hymn writer. Brorson belonged to a clerical family, both of this brothers were energetic and successful Pietist vicars. He began publishing hymns in 1732 while a pastor in southern Jutland. His most important work was Troens rare klenodie (1739; "The Rare Jewel of the Faith"), which contained many translations of German Pietist hymns and 82 original pieces and went though seven editions in Brorson's lifetime. He was elected bishop of Ribe in 1741, where he remained for the rest of his life. His outward social success as a clerical administrator was contrasted by private sorrows (an insane son, the early death of his first wife) but he res… Go to person page >

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First Line: By faith we are divinely sure
Title: By Faith We Are Divinely Sure
Norwegian/Scandinavian Title: Vor Tro er den Forvisning paa
Translator: J. C. Aaberg
Author: Hans Adolf Brorson
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8.7
Language: English
Copyright: Translation is reprinted from American Lutheran Hymnal, 1930, by permission of Augsburg Fortress

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