Prayer Song: O God, My Faithful God

This week’s prayer song is one I grew up with. It was a favorite of my mom’s and became very significant to me during my junior year of college as I was reading Paul Tripp’s book War of Words and dealing with a difficult situation with my roommates. Moving across the country is a stressful endeavor for any family. It is unfolding nicely for us, but we are not escaping all difficulties. This prayer’s appropriateness should be pretty obvious in that context.

Text is by Johann Heermann, 1585-1647, translated by Catherine Winkworth. It is still sung to its original German tune, O Gott Du Frommer Gott.

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.

Give me the strength to do
With ready heart and willing
Whatever You command,
My calling here fulfilling;
To do it when I ought,
With all my strength, and bless
Whatever I have wrought,
For you must give success.

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.

When dangers gather ’round,
O keep me calm and fearless.
Help me to bear the cross
When life seems dark and cheerless.
Help me, as You have taught,
To love both great and small
And by Your Spirit’s might
To live in peace with all.

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