Wednesday Worship: All My Heart This Night Rejoices

No words but these from this morning as I continue to read carols each day

Life of life, my heart Thou stillest.

I sigh. And my still heart worships.

All my heart this night rejoices,
As I hear, far and near, sweetest angel voices;
“Christ is born,” their choirs are singing,
Till the air, everywhere, now their joy is ringing.

For it dawns, the promised morrow
Of His birth, who the earth rescues from her sorrow.
God to wear our form descendeth;
Of His grace to our race here His Son He sendeth.

Yea, so truly for us careth,
That His Son, all we’ve done, as our offering beareth;
As our Lamb Who, dying for us,
Bears our load, and to God, doth in peace restore us.

Hark! a voice from yonder manger,
Soft and sweet, doth entreat, “Flee from woe and danger;
Brethren, come; from all that grieves you
You are freed; all you need I will surely give you.”

Come, then, let us hasten yonder;
Here let all, great and small, kneel in awe and wonder,
Love Him Who with love is yearning;
Hail the star that from far bright with hope is burning.

Ye who pine in weary sadness,
Weep no more, for the door now is found of gladness.
Cling to Him, for He will guide you
Where no cross, pain or loss, can again betide you.

Hither come, ye poor and wretched:
Know His will is to fill every hand outstretchèd;
Here are riches without measure,
Here forget all regret, fill your hearts with treasure.

Blessèd Savior, let me find Thee!
Keep Thou me close to Thee, cast me not behind Thee!
Life of life, my heart Thou stillest,
Calm I rest on Thy breast, all this void Thou fillest.

Thee, dear Lord, with heed I’ll cherish;
Live to Thee and with Thee, dying, shall not perish;
But shall dwell with Thee for ever,
Far on high, in the joy that can alter never.

Forth today the Conqueror goeth,
Who the foe, sin and woe, death and hell, o’erthroweth.
God is man, man to deliver;
His dear Son now is one with our blood forever.

Shall we still dread God’s displeasure,
Who, to save, freely gave His most cherished Treasure?
To redeem us, He hath given
His own Son from the throne of His might in Heaven.

Should He who Himself imparted
Aught withhold from the fold, leave us broken hearted?
Should the Son of God not love us,
Who, to cheer sufferers here, left His throne above us?

He becomes the Lamb that taketh
Sin away and for aye full atonement maketh.
For our life His own He tenders
And our race, by His grace, meet for glory renders.
(Paul Gerhardt, 1656)

3 responses to “Wednesday Worship: All My Heart This Night Rejoices”

  1. This is so good, and am sure very timely for you, Angie! May our Lord prepare you in every way for what’s needed before, during, and after your upcoming surgery—will be praying for you and your dear family, including your parents! A big hug for you all, with special love,

    Carol F.


  2. What a fabulous carol! So deep with truth and hope!


  3. Here’s my worship song for Wed. I almost never remember on a Wed. so here goes. Wish I had the music to go along; it is beautiful!

    I have a shelter in the storm, when troubles pour upon me.
    Though fears are rising like a flood, my soul can rest securely.
    O, Jesus, I will hide in You, my place of peace and solace.
    No trial is deeper than Your love that comforts all my sorrows.

    I have a shelter in the storm, when all my sins accuse me.
    Though justice charges me with guilt, Your grace will not refuse me.
    O, Jesus, I will hide in You, who bore my condemnation.
    I find my refuge in Your wounds, for there I find salvation.

    I have a shelter in the storm, when constant winds would break me.
    For in my weakness I have learned Your strength will not forsake me.
    O, Jesus, I will hide in You, the one who bears my burdens.
    With faithful hands that cannot fail, You’ll bring me home to heaven.


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