Our Father God,
Thy name we praise,
To Thee our hymns addressing,
And joyfully our voices raise
Thy faithfulness confessing;
Assembled by Thy grace, O Lord,
We seek fresh guidance
from Thy Word;
Now grant anew Thy blessing.
Touch, Lord, the lips
that speak for Thee;
Set words of truth before us,
That we may grow in constancy,
The light of wisdom o’er us.
Give us this day our daily bread;
May hungry souls again be fed;
May heavenly food restore us.
Lord, make thy pilgrim people wise,
the gospel message knowing,
that we may walk with lightened eyes
in grace and goodness growing.
The righteous must thy precepts heed;
thy word alone supplies their need,
from heaven their succor flowing.
As with our brethren here we meet,
Thy grace alone can feed us,
As here we gather at Thy feet
We pray that Thou wilt heed us.
The power is Thine, O Lord divine,
The kingdom and the rule are Thine.
May Jesus Christ still lead us!
Leenaerdt Clock, 16th c, Ernest Payne, translator
Read Psalm 122
(This very old hymn is a prayer of preparation for worship, for the worship service. What if we approached each Sunday morning affirming, “We seek fresh guidance from your word.”? Or “Touch the lips that speak … that we may grow,” that we may “walk with lightened eyes, in grace and goodness growing.”? What would happen if we approached wisdom with intention rather than as a spectator? Sunday is coming if you want to find out.)