WE GATHER TOGETHER
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
Words & Music: This song of praise was originally written in 1597 to celebrate a Dutch victory. It appeared in Nederlandtsche Gedenckclanck, Adrianus Valerius (Haarlem, Holland: 1626) (Wilt heden nu treden). Arranged & translated from Dutch to Latin by Eduard Kremser in Sechs Altniederländische Volkslieder (Leipzig, Germany: 1877) Translated from German to English Theodore Baker, 1894.
Thank You, Lord, for the constant of hope that you add to every aspect of our lives. Teach us to listen for your goodness and grace, and to communicate truth to the world every hope-filled day of our lives. Amen.
Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours!
Good News Translation (GNT)
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs of praise.