Come before His presence with singing. Psalm 100:2
Words: Bartholomäus Crasselius, in the Geistreiches Gesangbuch (Halle, Germany: 1697), page 587 (Dir, dir Jehovah, will ich singen). Translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth, 1863.
Music: Dir, Dir, Jehovah, published anonymously in the Musikalisches Handbuch, by Georg Wittwe (Hamburg, Germany: 1690). Adapted in the Neues geistreiches Gesangbuch, by Johann A. Freylinghausen (Halle, Germany: 1704) (🔊 pdf nwc).
Jehovah, let me now adore Thee,
For where is there a God, such, Lord, as Thou?
With songs I fain would come before Thee;
O let Thy Holy Spirit teach me now
To praise Thee in His name through whom alone
Our songs can please Thee, through Thy blessèd Son.
O Father, draw me to my Savior
That Thy dear Son may draw me unto Thee;
Thy Spirit guide my whole behavior
And rule both sense and reason thus in me,
That, Lord, Thy peace I taste may ne’er depart,
But wake sweet melodies within my heart.
O joy! our hope and trust are founded
On His sure Word, and witness in the heart;
I know Thy mercies are unbounded,
And all good gifts Thou freely wilt impart,
Nay, more is lavished by Thou bounteous hand,
Than we can ask or seek or understand.
O joy! In His name we draw near Thee,
Who ever pleadeth for the sons of men;
I ask in faith and Thou wilt hear me,
In Him Thy promises are all Amen.
O joy for me! and praise be ever Thine,
Whose wondrous love has made such blessings mine!