God Gives His People Strength / God Give Your People Strength

This hymn was written by American religious sister, theologian and composer, Miriam Therese Winter (b 1938).

It was originally published in her collection "Joy is like the Rain", and later included in Songlines: Hymns, Songs, Rounds and Refrains for Prayer and Praise.

The tune is named STRENGTH, and has a 4/4 time signature. In Songlines it is set in the key of D, and the first few notes are D D F E C D.

In 1996, the lyrics were re revised by Winter, and the song was re-titled "God give Your People Strength". The underlying form of the text went from a series of statements about God to a series of petitions, asking for various gifts.


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The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But the original words are available here, and the revised words are here.

The song has 4 verses: each one starts and ends with a statement / invocation of a specific gift (strength, hope, love, etc), and has some reflections in it in between.  A rough outline is:
God gives His people strength.
If we believe in His way, ...

God gives His people hope.
If we but trust in His word, ...

God gives His people love.
If we but open wide our heart, ...

God gives His people peace.
When sorrow fills us to the brim, ...

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