Scripture Verse

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us. Psalm 67:1


Martin Luther (1483–1546)

Words: Mar­tin Lu­ther, Ein weise christ­lich Mess zu­halte (Wit­ten­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1524) (Es woll’ uns Gott ge­nä­dig sein). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mass­ie, 1851, alt.

Music: Es woll’ uns Gott Deutsch Kirch­en­amt (Strass­burg, 1525) (🔊 pdf nwc).


May God bestow on us His grace,
With blessings rich provide us,
And may the brightness of His face
To life eter­nal guide us
That we His saving health may know,
His gracious will and pleasure,
And also to the heathen show
Christ’s riches without measure
And unto God convert them.

Thine over all shall be the praise
And thanks of every nation,
And all the world with joy shall raise
The voice of exultation;
For Thou shalt judge the earth, O Lord,
Nor suffer sin to flourish;
Thy people’s pasture is Thy Word
Their souls to feed and nourish,
In righteous paths to keep them.

Oh, let the people praise Thy worth,
In all good works increasing;
The land shall plenteous fruit bring forth,
Thy Word is rich in blessing,
May God the Fa­ther, God the Son,
And God the Spir­it bless us!
Let all the world praise Him alone,
Let solemn awe possess us,
Now let our hearts say, Amen.