Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Words: Johann F. Ruopp, 1705 (Erneure Mich, O Ew’ges Licht). Translated from German to English by August Crull in the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Baltimore, Maryland: Harry Land, 1889).
Renew me, O eternal Light,
And let my heart and soul be bright,
Illumined with the light of grace,
That issues from Thy holy face.
Destroy in me the lust of sin,
From all impureness make me clean;
O grant me power and strength, my God,
To strive against my flesh and blood.
Create in me a new heart, Lord,
That gladly I obey Thy Word,
And naught but what Thou wilt, desire;
With such new life my soul inspire.
Grant that I only Thee may love,
And seek those things which are above,
Till I behold Thee face to face,
O Light eternal, through Thy grace.