Sunday, May 24, 2020

God Himself Is Present

Wherever you are worshiping today, whether at church or at home, God is present. Jesus was called Emmanuel, God With Us.

This hymn has been a favorite for several years. Not only does it remind me of the presence of God in my own life, but it calls me to surrender.

God Himself Is Present
by Gerhard Tersteegen
Hymns of the Church #135

God Himself is with us:
Let us now adore Him,
And with awe appear before Him.
God is in His temple,
All within keep silence,
Prostrate lie with deepest reverence.
Him alone God we own,
Him our God and Savior;
Praise His name forever.
God Himself is with us:
Hear the harps resounding!
See the crowds the throne surrounding!
Holy, holy, holy,
Hear the hymn ascending,
Angels, saints, their voices blending!
Bow Thine ear to us here:
Hear, O Christ, the praises
That Thy church now raises.
O Thou fount of blessing,
Purify my spirit;
Trusting only in Thy merit,
Like the holy angels
Who behold Thy glory,
May I ceaselessly adore Thee,
Let Thy will Ever still
Rule Thy Church terrestrial
As the hosts celestial.

Gladly we surrender
Earth's deceitful treasures,
Pride of life, and sinful pleasures:
Gladly Lord, we offer
Thine to be forever, 
Soul and life and each endeavor.
Thou alone
Shalt be known
Lord of all our being,
Life's true way decreeing.

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  2. This hymn was soothing. Thanks for linking to it.

  3. Thanks for the good message so beautifully packaged, albeit the words different in poetry & video. It's nice to be able to read/sing both! Blessings to you, the objects of many prayers.

  4. Our family has felt this through this season of change. We worshipped in our living room, along with Sun afternoon walks and outings in nature.

  5. This was my favorite song when I started my theology studies back in 2001, we used to sing it for our morning worship at the dorm (in German: "Gott ist gegenwaertig"). Being from Germany, I never knew there was an English version of it, too. Thank you for the link!


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