I’m intrigued by this great old Lutheran classic Jesus, Grant That Balm and Healing and its striking use of the suffering and death of Christ as a weapon against the temptations of the devil, the world and our own sinful flesh. Have you noticed the same thing about it?
“Jesus, Grant that Balm and Healing”
By Johann Heermann, 1585-1647
1. Jesus, grant that balm and healing
In Thy holy wounds I find,
Every hour that I am feeling
Pains of body and of mind.
Should some evil thought within
Tempt my treacherous heart to sin,
Show the peril, and from sinning
Keep me ere its first beginning.
2. Should some lust or sharp temptation
Prove too strong for flesh and blood,
Let me think upon Thy Passion,
And the breach is soon made good.
Or should Satan press me hard,
Let me then be on my guard,
Saying, “Christ for me was wounded,”
That the Tempter flee confounded.
3. If the world my heart entices
On the broad and easy road
With it mirth and luring voices,
Let me think upon the load
Thou didst carry and endure
That I flee all thoughts impure,
Banishing each wild emotion,
Calm and blest in my devotion.
4. Every wound that pains or grieves me,
By Thy stripes, Lord is made whole;
When I’m faint, Thy Cross revives me,
Granting new life to my soul.
Yea, Thy comfort renders sweet
Every bitter cup I meet;
For Thy all-atoning Passion
Has procured my soul’s salvation.
5. O my God, my Rock and Tower,
Grant that in Thy death I trust,
Knowing Death has lost his power
Since Thou trod’st him in the dust.
Savior, let Thine agony
Ever help and comfort me;
When I die, be my Protection,
Light and Life and Resurrection.
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: 1 Pet. 2: 24
Author: Johann Heermann, 1644, ab.
Translated by: composite
Titled: “Jesu, deine tiefen Wunden”
Composer: Johnann B. Koenig, 1738
Tune: Der am Kreuz