Monday, February 15, 2016

"With me Stands the Righteous One," a hymn about the Christian facing temptation with Christ

With me Stands the Righteous One
author: Joshua V. Schneider
meter: 78 78 77
tune: Lutheran Service Book 609, "Jesus Sinners Doth Receive", Meinum Jesum Lass' Ich Nicht (Darmstadt)

1.
Near me stood the Evil One,
though from my own eyes he’s hidden.
“Shall I throw the righteous down?”
Mocking words into the heavens.
“Will he trust in God each day;
if you take his goods away?”
2.
“Harm his family, harm his life,
then we’ll see if he still raises;
Prayer and thanks to God above
lifting high his holy praises.
Only when his life’s secure
will his trust in You be pure.”
3.
How could I perceive the cost,
knowing not the war was waging;
for my soul the devil wants,
threats and accusations raging.
“Ah dear God please tell me why,
these afflictions round me lie?”
4.
“Life on earth is all too short,
Can’t you see this human weaken?”
Father knows that we are dust,
has compassion on His children
Cast your burdens, every one
On my Chosen, Righteous Son
5.
Near Him stood the Evil One
In the desert tried to tempt Him
Mocked the Holy Son of God
tried to turn Him from God’s mission.
But Christ Jesus did obey;
Satan’s efforts turned away.

6.
God would prove His saints are true,
helping them withstand temptation.
Will not give too much to you,
He provides you help to face them.
Proving Satan he is wrong,
we are weak but God is strong.
7.
With me stands the Righteous One
In baptism I’m adopted
God shall make the righteous stand
Glorious words ring in the heavens.
“Put your trust in God each day;
He takes all your sins away.”
8.
“What you here on earth have lost
For my sake, my Son will give you
Strength to take up, bear your cross
And redeem your soul for heaven.
There in glory hundredfold
Treasures worth much more than gold.”


This hymn was based on reflections about the life of Job, especially verses 1-2, which describes the devil’s hidden attack against him, and how that relates to our own Christian struggle with crosses and temptation. Often the spiritual battle behind our struggles remains hidden from us as well (vs.3). Verse 4 echoes the words of Psalm 103, especially verses 13-17. Verse 5 parallels our temptation with Jesus’ own testing in the wilderness. Verse 6 tells us how God uses temptation and helps us. Verse 7 proclaims our victory in Jesus, and parallels to verse 1, capturing the theme of the hymn. Verse 8 looks to the eternal restoration of what we have suffered while bearing crosses and living for Jesus’ sake. Luke 9:23-26, Matthew 19:28-30. 

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