A Hymn on the Scriptures

bible-parableA Hymn on the Scriptures

by Rev. Mark Preus

Come, Jesus Christ, our precious Lord,

And give Your holy Spirit,

Who comforts sinners with Your Word

To clothe them with Your merit;

For this the Scriptures were inspired,

That we who in our sins were mired

Might know You as our Savior,

And praise Your name forever.


For patience, comfort, and for hope

The Scriptures were recorded;

Now those who in the darkness grope

Are with Your light rewarded.

By grace, for free, You did fulfill

For us the Father’s holy will,

To cleanse our guilty conscience

And give Your Spirit’s patience.


There is no lie in how You loved,

Your grace is undeceiving;

So prophets by Your Breath were moved,

That we, Your Word receiving,

May know beyond all shadows’ doubt

That you cast Satan’s errors out

And left your truth remaining,

Your Church’s faith sustaining.


Each word was given from Your hand –

You teach us so to know You;

Each Scripture shall unbroken stand

For none can overthrow You.

It is Your will that we should know

The truths that from the Father flow,

That we, through faith forgiven,

May know the joy of heaven.


For what Your Scriptures give to us,

Be praise to You forever;

O Lord, our spotless righteousness,

Let us forsake you never,

But let us cling to what You wrote,

And may we here its truth promote,

Till what You here have spoken

Remains in Heav’n unbroken.


About Pastor Mark Preus

Mark Preus is pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Laramie, WY. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with an M.Div. in 2008 and then obtained an M.A. in Classics at the University of KS in 2010. He was ordained at Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX in August of 2010. He has been married to Becky since 2005. God has graciously given them four daughters and five sons. Pr. Preus loves to read and write poetry, especially Lutheran hymns, and talk theology with anybody who has an ear to listen. He also likes coffee too much and tobacco too much, as well as microbrew beer. He can also prove with reasonable certainty that Paul Gerhardt wrote most of his hymns while smoking and drinking beer.

You can find more of Pr. Preus's writings at his blog.


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