Tuesday Hymns: “Who Trusts in God, a Strong Abode”

Our Tuesday Hymn for this week is a composition by Joachim Magdeburg, a German Lutheran theologian, who lived a life filled with controversy. He was constantly in trouble with both the Roman Catholics, and many of the more moderate Lutherans, being accused of Flacinianism. (I will have to let my resident Lutheran expert, Joshua Miller, explain Flacinianism, and whether or not Magdeburg actually adhered to that doctrine.) Magdeburg’s hymn, “Who Trusts in God, a Strong Abode,” clearly shows his abiding trust in God, whatever circumstances might enter into his life. May we, with Magdeburg, remember that “no shades of death, nor hell beneath, our souls from you (Christ) shall sever.” This hymn is sung to the familiar tune, CONSTANCE.

Who trusts in God, a strong abode
In heav’n and earth possesses;
Who looks in love to Christ above,
No fear his heart oppresses.
In thee alone, dear Lord, we own
Sweet hope and consolation;
Our shield from foes, our balm for woes,
Our great and sure salvation.

Though Satan’s wrath beset our path,
And worldly scorn assail us,
While thou art near we will not fear,
Thy strength shall never fail us:
Thy rod and staff shall keep us safe,
And guide our steps for ever;
Nor shades of death, nor hell beneath,
Our souls from thee shall sever.

In all the strife of mortal life
Our feet shall stand securely;
Temptation’s hour shall lose its power,
For thou shalt guard us surely.
O God, renew, with heav’nly dew,
Our body, soul, and spirit,
Until we stand at thy right hand,
Through Jesus’ saving merit.

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