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A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalAbide, O Dearest Jesus

Abide, O dearest Jesus,
Among us with Thy grace,
That Satan may not harm us,
Nor we to sin give place.

Abide, O dear Redeemer,
Among us with Thy Word,
And thus now and hereafter
True peace and joy afford.

Abide with heav’nly brightness
Among us, precious Light;
Thy truth direct, and keep us
From error’s gloomy night.

Abide with richest blessings Among us, bounteous Lord; Let us in grace and wisdom Grow daily through Thy Word.

Abide with Thy protection
Among us, Lord, our Strength,
Lest world and Satan fell us
And overcome at length.

Jo­shua Steg­mann (Text from http://classic-hymns.com/, text in the public domain)

  • What did Jesus teach us about protection from Satan’s power? (hint, read Matthew 6:9-13)
  • We know that Jesus is the Living Word. What other Word helps us to experience peace and joy?
  • What important value does the hymn writer equate with the Light of the world?
  • The Bible is referenced twice in this hymn. Where?
  • How does the hymn writer say that we are able to resist the pressure of the culture to conform to ungodly values and behaviors?
  • What metaphors does the hymn writer use for Jesus? How do those metaphors open up our understanding of Christ’s transforming work in our lives?

A Hymn For Meditation

hymnalAbide, O Dearest Jesus
by Josua Stegmann, 1628
Translated by August Crull, 1923
Text from http://lutheran-hymnal.com/lyrics/tlh053.htm Public Domain

1. Abide, O dearest Jesus,
Among us with Thy grace
That Satan may not harm us
Nor we to sin give place.

2. Abide, O dear Redeemer,
Among us with Thy Word
And thus now and hereafter
True peace and joy afford.

3. Abide with heavenly brightness
Among us, precious Light;
Thy truth direct and keep us
From error’s gloomy night.

4. Abide, O faithful Savior,
Among us with Thy love;
Grant steadfastness and help us
To reach our home above.

The hymn writer uses four names for Christ. Each name points us to particular traits.

  • When the hymn writer speaks to Jesus, what characteristic does the name evoke? How does this quality assist us in refusing a place to sin?
  • Why does the hymn writer link the name Redeemer and the quality of being the Word?
  • What is the relationship between Christ as light and Christ as truth?
  • How does human faith work in tandem with the faithfulness of our Savior?
  • Secular thinkers believe that Christianity is a set of rituals that happen inside a building. How could you use this hymn to refute that misconception? How could you use this hymn to show Christ’s love?