Author: Balthasar Münter (1735-1793) Composer: Justin Heinrich Knecht (1752-1817)
1. My faith gives joy and sweetest rest, Leads me to heaven and the blest, To Thee, my God and Father. The comfort of mortality Preserve with steadfast faith in me; I’d follow Thee forever. Salvation is the noblest part; Impress this deeply on my heart.
2. Lord, for Thy fold Thou dost prepare A right unto Thy kingdom there, A treasure and possession. The second death I need not fear, For immortality is near; Thy death gives us salvation. I am redeemed! Thy mortal pain Has brought for me eternal gain.
3. My praise and thanks I give to Thee, For through Thy grace Thou makest me An heir by Thy adoption. Within the Word Thy truth I find Which sanctifies my life and mind And brings me to perfection. Yes, born anew in heart I feel; Thy Spirit, Lord, does this reveal.
4. Thy holy Word does teachings give In faith and hope, and love to live; For this, O, Lord, I thank Thee. Should I not seek within this time A foretaste of the joys divine And for Thy home prepare me? Salvation is the noblest part; Impress this deeply on my heart.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!