I saw this beautiful hymn tonight before I prayed Night Prayer. It’s a lovely text asking God to be with us as night comes, recognizing that we want to remain near him in sleep, in dreams, and our first thoughts when we awake so that all we do tomorrow might be for his glory.
The third verse is stunning. No one else but God can save us and fill our hearts. And if we seek him. We will never be alone.
May we always strive to seek him. To know him. To find him so that we might love him.
Now, God Be With Us
Now, God be with us, for the night is closing;
The light and darkness are of your disposing;
And ‘neath your shadow here to rest we yield us,
For you will shield us.
Let holy thoughts be ours when sleep o’ertakes us;
Our earliest thought be yours when morning wakes us;
All day serve you, in all that we are doing
Your praise pursuing.
We have no refuge, none on earth to aid us,
Save you, O Father, who in love has made us;
But your dear presence will not leave them lonely
Who seek you only.
Tune: Lobet den Herren 188.8.131.52
Music: Johann Crüger, 1598-1662
Text: Bohemian Brethren’s Kirchengesange,1566
Translation: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878