Christ My Song - 241
O how blessed the hour, Lord Jesus - Thou hast the words of eternal life (Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Thou hast the words of eternal life.
John 6, 68.
1. O how blessed the hour, Lord Jesus,
when we can to thee draw near,
promises so sweet and precious
from thy gracious lips to hear!
Be with us this day to bless us,
that we may not hear in vain,
with the saving truths impress us,
which the words of life contain.
2. See us, eager for salvation,
sit, great Master, at thy feet,
and with breathless expectation
hang upon thy accents sweet.
Teach us how to draw a blessing
from the everlasting fount,
and, so short a life possessing,
how to turn it to account.
3. Teach us holy thoughts to cherish,
teach us to be timely wise,
show us, ere our bodies perish,
how we may in spirit rise;
both in thought, and word, and doing,
seeking how to please thee best.
to the home our way pursuing,
where we hope at last to rest.
4. Open thou our minds, and lead us
safely on our heavenward way;
with the lamp of truth precede us,
that we may not go astray.
Make us gentle, meek, and humble,
and yet bold in doing right;
scatter darkness, lest we stumble:
men walk safely in the light.
5. In our hearts the love awaken
which within thine own doth glow,
that we may with truth unshaken
cleave to thee in weal and woe.
Let us shun no cross, nor trial,
which has been imposed by thee,
for thy sake most cheerfully.
6. Lord, endue thy word from heaven
with such light, and love, and power,
that in us its silent leaven
may work on from hour to hour.
Give us grace to bear our witness
to the truths we have embraced,
and let others both their sweetness
and their quickening virtue taste.
Richard Massie, Lyra Domestica II, 1864, 5-6.
Translated from the German O wie freun wir uns der Stunde - Du hast Worte des ewigen Lebens
of Carl Johann Philipp Spitta.