Deuteronomy 32:3 says, “For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God!” This passage is the basis for the hymn that we sang last Sunday, “Sing Praise to God
Who Reigns Above” a wonderful hymn that tells us about God’s protection for His people.
Is a German hymn whose author is Johann J. Schütz (1640-1690) a lawyer that was under the influence of Philipp Jakob Spener, the father of the Pietist movement in Germany. A century after the Reform by Martin Luther, the church in Germany was still in the right doctrine but its zeal was not like at the beginning, and Spener saw this situation and started this movement; he wanted a revival in the Lutheran church. Schütz, under Spener influence, wrote this hymn and we can see the impact that this movement did on this lawyer.
Schütz’s hymn tells us about this powerful God who is with His children, very close, during good and bad times. This particular hymn touched my life a week before my mother’s passing. I was reading the second verse of this hymn a week before my mother departed from this earth to be with Jesus. It was a hard time knowing that my mother was in the hospital but Schütz’s lyrics gave comfort.
The Lord is never far away,
but through all grief distressing,
an ever present help and stay,
our peace and joy and blessing.
As with a mother's tender hand,
God gently leads the chosen band:
To God all praise and glory.
God is always near, therefore, remember Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
God was the refuge of the sons of Korah, he was the refuge of Johann J. Schütz, and he will be your refuge; wait on Him, trust in Him.
In His service,