O God, Our Strength
As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, it is only fitting that we continue to proclaim the same message Luther proclaimed: GRACE ALONE - FAITH ALONE - SCRIPTURE ALONE. Beth Dauenhauer's hymn, "O God, Our Strength," triumphantly proclaims the grace God gives through his Word, which works faith in our hearts. It expresses the beautiful confidence that God will protect and preserve his church through trouble and difficulty. And it petitions the Lord to guide us as we proclaim and defend Scripture's holy truth.
Sarah's bold tune for this new hymn text emphasizes the strength God's Word gives us--strength not only for our individual lives of faith, but also for our corporate proclamation of God's timeless truths.
O God our Strength, your Word alone proclaims a grace that justifies,
While servants of a darker throne confound your truth with empty lies.
You are the rock on which we stand, our lifeline through the shifting sand,
Our beacon through the tempest.
O Spirit, make us bold to speak to prodigals beyond your fold,
The lost, the arrogant, the weak, their souls to worldy wisdom sold,
Who live and let their neighbors live, convinced there's nothing to forgive,
And squander their salvation.
The nations rage against you, Lord; And plot against your Chosen One.
Equip us with the Spirit's sword that we may strive beside your Son.
Defend your faithful in each land subjected to the heavy hand
Of spite and persecution.
See how the Lion prowls about in search of souls he may devour.
Preserve our faith lest fear and doubt fall victim to his stealth and power.
Stand with your saints as we defend the truths your holy writers penned
To pierce the heart of darkness.
And we, dear Savior, who are we that you should suffer in our place?
Your love reversed our enmity, our sin could not exceed your grace.
Good works become our acts of praise, whereby we serve you all our days
And persevere to glory.
Included in your purchase: PDFs of Piano Accompaniment and Guitar Chords and Congregation Bulletin TIFF file (legal size). Also included are two MP3 files -- one instrumental and the other including vocals.
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