Editor’s Note: This is a poem and Hymn composed by C.A. Roberts. The words struck me hard as I was working on producing something like a Spiritual Bootcamp on our website. I hope it stirs you as it did me.
Let all who stand with Christ the Lord,
Each good and faithful servant,
Take up the shield and bear the sword,
With heart and spirit fervent.
Behind the Rock of Ages,
And armed with holy pages,
If God be for us, who can fear?
Oh, let us be courageous!
The early saints held fast indeed,
And One would soon reward them;
For mounted on His battle steed,
“The Word of God” came toward them.
And through the slaughter glorious,
His army rode victorious!
Their cause, now aged two thousand years,
Is still the cause before us.
Almighty God, whose outstretched arm
Is certain to defend us,
We pray, where’er the present harm,
“Into the conflict, send us!”
By calling and election,
With power and protection,
Our cross of duty leads from here
To crowns of resurrection.
O God, we know by pressing on,
A field is ever nearing;
Where all our mortal strength is gone,
We lie down in the clearing.
Should nightfall overtake us,
The morning hymn will wake us!
And when our Life and Light appears,
Immortal Father, take us.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 – C.A. Roberts, 2002
Tune: EAKIN – Robert Schumann, arr.
arr. C.A. Roberts and Sarah Roberts Jenkins
#521 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012