Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word;
Curb those who by deceit and sword
Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son
And bring to naught all He has done.
Lord Jesus Christ, Your pow’r make known,
For You are Lord of lords alone;
Defend Your holy Church that we
May sing your praise eternally.
O Comforter of priceless worth,
Send peace and unity on earth;
Support us in our final strife
And lead us out of death to life.
By Martin Luther (1542)
Tr by Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Hymn text is in the public domain
Martin Luther, the author of this hymn, said of the Bible, “The Bible is the proper book for men. There the truth is distinguished from error far more clearly than anywhere else, and one finds something new in it every day.” (WA TR 5, no. 5193). From http://www.orlutheran.com/html/luthbibl.html
- Whom do you know who says that the Bible is no more special than any other sacred book? If somebody said those words to you, how would you respond? What personal experience do you have with the Bible that refutes any allegation that the Bible is nothing more than any other sacred book?
- The second verse speaks directly to Christ. This verse declares that Christ is Lord of lords. Where in the Bible would you find that term?
- The third verse of this hymn speaks of the Bible as a source of comfort. If you needed comfort from the Bible, where would you look?
- Some people say that the Bible is a discussion of “the sacred” no different from the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead or the Tao Te Ching of Chinese antiquity. How do you respond to such a claim?
- If someone asked you to prove that the Bible is important to every human being, how would you answer?
- Why is the Bible important to you? How often have you referred to the Bible by looking in its pages in the past 24 hours?