Who Makes the Woeful Heart to Sing?

Who does make the woeful heart sing?  For anyone whose soul has come to know their worth, the answer is simple; it is “fairest Lord Jesus.”  Fairest is not a common way to describe anything these days, and perhaps something is lost in translation from the German Schön­ster. The word Schön is a superlative that speaks to something fair, fine, excellent, even beautiful.  It is a word more often used in German than  fair is used in English. We find ourselves groping for words, and each language gives us merely a text to borrow.

Fairest Lord Jesus was written by Ger­man Je­su­its as Schön­ster Herr Je­su in the 17th Cen­tu­ry. Pub­lished in the Mün­ster Ge­sang­buch, 1677, and trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Jo­seph A. Seiss, 1873. If this hymn has been lost to you, you might enjoy this rendition from Generation Hymns Live.

May your prayer today be led in recognition of the One who created in us the impulse to worship Him who is so Beautiful:

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
Fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heaven can boast.

All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer,
Than Thou, my Savior, art to me.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
Now and forever more be Thine.

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About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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