Doug’s Favorite Hymn


Arm These Thy Soldiers, Mighty Lord
by Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-1885

 1. Arm these Thy soldiers, mighty Lord,
 With shield of faith and Spirit’s sword.
 Forth to the battle may they go
 And boldly fight against the Foe.

 2. With banner of the Cross unfurled,
 They overcome the evil world
 And so at last receive from Thee
 The palm and crown of victory.

 3. Come, ever-blessed Spirit, come
 And make Thy servants’ hearts Thy home,
 May each a living temple be
 Hallowed forever, Lord, to thee.

 4. Enrich that temple’s holy shrine
 With sevenfold gifts of grace divine;
 With wisdom, light, and knowledge bless,
 With counsel, strength, fear, godliness.

 5. O Trinity in Unity,
 One only God and Persons Three,
 In whom, through whom, by whom, we live,
 To Thee we praise and glory give.

 6. Oh, grant us so to use Thy grace
 That we may see Thy glorious face
 And ever with the heavenly host
 Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

 Text from: The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal (p. 238) (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)