Scripture Verse

The Lord God is a sun and shield. Psalm 84:11


Gustav F. L. Knak (1806–1878)

Words: Gus­tav F. L. Knak (1806–1878) (Jesu, Gna­den­son­ne, süße See­len­zier). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Her­man H. M. Brueck­ner in the Wart­burg Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by Os­wald G. Hard­wig (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Wart­burg Pub­lish­ing House, 1918), num­ber 310.

Music: Sun of Grace Karl A. Gross, 1817 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Brueck­ner or Gross (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Jesus, Sun of glad­ness,
Fountain Thou of grace;
Cure for ev­ery sad­ness,
Turn to me Thy face;
Look in mer­cy ten­der
On Thy child to­day,
Help and so­lace ren­der,
Be my staff and stay.

Purge me, O my Sav­ior,
By Thy pre­cious blood;
Teach me true be­hav­ior,
O my high­est God;
Every day and hour
Suffer me to see,
Lord, the cleans­ing pow­er
Of Thy death for me.

Lord, my sole de­sire
Is to serve Thee well,
And I would as­pire
E’er with Thee to dwell.
Joyous praise be giv­en
To Thy name, O Lord,
Who are both in Hea­ven
And on earth ad­ored.