My husband mentioned this hymn to me recently and it seems appropriate for our theme this month, and this scary time in history when many are afraid. It is a favorite of Lutherans and especially Scandinavian Lutherans. Author Nikolai Grundtvig was ordained in 1811. He wrote many works, including some on Norse mythology and more than 1,000 hymns. He became a bishop in 1861. Composer Ludwig Lindeman was the son of a concert pianist, an organist in Oslo, and one of Norway’s leading musicians of the nineteenth century. He collected and published almost 2,000 Norwegian folk tunes.
The tune was composed for this text by Lindeman. It was his first hymn tune, and it was first published in 1840 in Wilhelm Wexels’ Christelige Psalmer.
The hymn expresses the conviction that God’s Church will prevail, no matter what difficulties are encountered. Listen and be comforted.