Author: Gustav Friedrich Ludwig Knak (1806-1878) Composer: Nicolaus Decius, 1539 (1485-1546)
1. Forsake this world of vanity And all its lewd deception! Invite the Prince of Peace to thee, Give Him a true reception. Approach Him humbly, low, and meek. Childlike, His grace and mercy seek, For surely He first loved thee.
2. He came in humble modesty And brought to us all blessings, There in a manger slumbered He, Eternal gifts possessing. Arrayed in feeble flesh and blood Appeared the gracious Son of God To bring us all redemption.
3. In servant form the Saviour came, From bonds of sin releasing. His loving face upon us shone With comfort, peace and blessing. Removes all judgment and suspense, Shows us the Father’s countenance With love and grace surrounded.
4. His star lights up the darkest night And He is ever near us; Protects and shields us all with might, Shares us His help so gracious. He seeks the missing lamb that strays, And with His life the ransom pays For our sins and transgressions.
5. If thou to life wouldst find the way, Then search the Scriptures ever. They show that, through Christ’s death, man may Have life that endeth never! Lo! On the cross His life He gave And then was laid into the grave Because of thy transgressions.
6. What’s needful most keep well in mind, Within His fold remaining, Be eager for His bread refined, Life’s fount thy soul sustaining. With faith in Him look heavenward; Repentant seek His loving heart, His arms for thee are open.
7. And though upon the raging sea By storms thou shalt be driven, Thine anchor, guard and shield is He; His love to thee is given. He is thy Light in night and grief, Thy sword the vict’ry to achieve. He never will forsake thee.
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!