Great Captain: Fight for us once again!

  1. ship_sailing_revO little flock, fear not the Foe Who madly seeks your overthrow; Dread not his rage and power. What though your courage sometimes faints, His seeming triumph o’er God’s saints Lasts but a little hour.
  2. Be of good cheer; your cause belongs To Him who can avenge your wrongs; Leave it to Him, our Lord. Though hidden yet from mortal eyes, His Gideon shall for you arise, Uphold you and His Word.
  3. As true as God’s own Word is true. Not earth nor hell with all their crew Against us shall prevail. A jest and byword are they grown; God is with us, we are His own; Our victory cannot fail.
  4. Amen, Lord Jesus, grant our prayer; Great Captain, now Thine arm make bare, Fight for us once again! So shall Thy saints and martyrs raise A mighty chorus to Thy praise, World without end.

There was a time, when we quoted this hymn jokingly. Now, decades later, I resent and repent of this foolhardiness on my part. Singing this hymn in the German original by Johann M. Altenburg, 1632  with old man Voges on Monday night together with my wife and children, reminded of changing fortunes and times in the world and also the church, which are under heavy attack from the conquered foe, and how all in all is focussed on God’s victory attained in Jesus Christ and to be culminated and made visible at his 2nd coming in glory to judge the living and the dead – even if we don’t see or feel it yet. Let us therefore take courage in his promise and faithfulness and not despair amidst all calamities, assaults and vanities of our time. He our Captain will surely prevail and carry us through to see, what we have here believed.

  1. Verzage nicht, du Häuflein klein, Obschon die Feinde willens sein, Dich gänzlich zu verstören, Und suchen deinen Untergang, Davon dir wird recht angst und bang; Es wird nicht lange währen.
  2. Dich tröste nur, daß deine Sach’ Ist Gottes, dem befiehl die Rach’ Und laß allein ihn walten! Er wird durch seinen Gideon, Den er wohl weiß, dir helfen schon, Dich und sein Wort erhalten.
  3. So wahr Gott Gott ist + sein Wort, Muß Teufel, Welt und Höllenpfort’; Und was dem will anhangen, Endlich werden zu Hohn + Spott; Gott ist mit uns und wir mit Gott, Den Sieg woll’n wir erlangen!

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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