I’ve always loved this hymn, having first learned it in Girl Scouts. Imagine the Girl Scouts teaching it today. I grew up in another time another era, an era where people were not afraid to teach about God. I learned the 23rd Psalm in the public school. Each and every morning my teacher would pray and read something from the Psalms.
As you gather together with family and friends take a minute or two or three to reflect on the goodness of God and all that He has blessed you with.
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; He chastens and hastens His will to make known; The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing; Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine; So from the beginning the fight we were winning; Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant, And pray that Thou still our Defender will be; Let Thy congregation escape tribulation; Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
Words & Music: This song of praise was originally written in 1597 to celebrate a Dutch victory. It appeared in Nederlandtsche Gedenckclanck, by Adrianus Valerus (Haarlem, Holland: 1626)
Arranged & translated from Dutch to Latin by Eduard Kremser in Sechs Altniederländische Volkslieder (Leipzig, Germany: 1877) Translated from German to English by Theodore Baker, 1894.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4