God establishes authority for our good, so we can live in peace and safety and have opportunity to grow in Christ.

Scripture: Romans 13:1-7

ESV Text: Romans 13:1-7


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 13

     1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

     7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 580, st. 4, 8:
To Thee, our God we Fly

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

4. The powers ordained by Thee 
With heavenly wisdom bless; 
May they Thy servants be 
And rule in righteousness! 
O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand 
And guard and bless our Fatherland. 

1. To Thee, our God, we fly 
For mercy and for grace; 
Oh, hear our lowly cry 
And hide not Thou Thy face! 
O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand 
And guard and bless our Fatherland. 

2. Arise, O Lord of hosts, 
Be jealous for Thy name 
And drive from out our coasts 
The sins that put to shame. 
O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand 
And guard and bless our Fatherland. 

3. Thy best gifts from on high 
In rich abundance pour 
That we may magnify 
And praise Thee more and more. 
O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand 
And guard and bless our Fatherland. 

4. The powers ordained by Thee 
With heavenly wisdom bless; 
May they Thy servants be 
And rule in righteousness! 
O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand 
And guard and bless our Fatherland. 

5. The Church of Thy dear Son 
Inflame with love’s pure fire; 
Bind her once more in one 
And life and truth inspire. 
O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand 
And guard and bless our Fatherland. 

6. The pastors of Thy fold 
With grace and power endue 
That, faithful, pure, and bold, 
They may be pastors true. 
O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand 
And guard and bless our Fatherland. 

7. Oh, let us love Thy house 
And sanctify Thy day, 
Bring unto Thee our vows, 
And loyal homage pay. 
O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand 
And guard and bless our Fatherland. 

8. Give peace, Lord, in our time; 
Oh, let no foe draw nigh 
Nor lawless deed of crime 
Insult Thy majesty! 
O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand 
And guard and bless our Fatherland. 


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