The Story Behind “Fairest Lord Jesus”

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.

Munster Gesangbuch, 1677

Translator Unknown

 

This is sometimes called the Crusader’s Hymn, even though it was probably never sung until several hundred years after the Crusades. It may have first been sung by the followers of reformer John Huss, who lived near Prague around 1400. In an anti-Reformation purge, Hussites were expelled from Bohemia and went into Silesia, where they became weavers and cobblers, maintaining their faith in secret. But they had a strong tradition of hymn singing, and the most reliable tradition says that this hymn came from these humble Christians.

The hymn contains no comments on persecution, but only praise to a wonderful Savior. Whoever wrote the hymn was close to nature and adored God’s creation, but recognized that even fairer than the creation is the Creator. This season as we bask in the beauties of all that God has given us to enjoy, we mustn’t forget that Jesus is fairer and purer than all the blooming garb of spring.

From “The One Year Book Of Hymns: 365 Devotional Readings Based On Great Hymns Of The Faith”, by Robert K Brown and Mark R. Norton

“Bridge To A Satisfying Life”

In this inspiring lesson from the “Discover Bible Study Guide” series, you will find out more about the love of Jesus through scriptures and stories. Jesus came to give you a satisfying life here and to prepare a place for you in His Kingdom of Heaven. If you are hungry for a better understanding of the Good King’s grace, click below to start the lesson.

Discover-05-Bridge-to-a-Satisfying-Life

Quotes About The Presence Of God

“God does not dispense strength and encouragement like a druggist fills your prescription. The Lord doesn’t promise to give us something to take so we can handle our weary moments. He promises us Himself. That is all. And that is enough.”

–Charles W. Swindoll (Encourage Me)

 

“True peace is not the absence of war but the presence of God.”

Our Daily Bread

 

“We all go through pain and sorrow, but the presence of God, like a warm comforting blanket, can shield us and protect us, and allow the deep inner joy to surface, even in the most devastating circumstances.”

–Barbara Johnson (Fresh Elastic For Stretched Out Moms)

“A Better Way To Live: A Constant Source of Inspiration”, Shawn Boonstra

Do you long to feel the presence of Jesus and to hear His sweet voice? You can meet Him in a very special book. This book is overlooked by the majority and is put behind many other books; and yet, this book holds the key to communicating with God. What is this book? Watch the video below to find out!