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Praise to the Lord, the Almighty!

  1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
    the King of creation!
    O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy
    health and salvation!
    All ye who hear,
    Now to His temple draw near;
    Sing now in glad adoration!
  2. Praise to the Lord, who o’er all
    things so wondrously reigneth,
    Who, as on wings of an eagle,
    uplifteth, sustaineth.
    Hast thou not seen
    How thy desires all have been
    Granted in what He ordaineth?
  3. Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully,
    wondrously, made thee!
    Health hath vouchsafed and, when
    heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.
    What need or grief
    Ever hath failed of relief?
    Wings of His mercy did shade thee.
  4. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper
    thy work and defend thee,
    Who from the heavens the streams of
    His mercy doth send thee.
    Ponder anew
    What the Almighty can do,
    Who with His love doth befriend thee.
  5. Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that
    is in me adore Him!
    All that hath life and breath, come
    now with praises before Him!
    Let the Amen
    Sound from His people again;
    Gladly for aye we adore Him.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Joachim Neander (1650-1680), Translated by Catherine Winkworth.

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O Lord, the way is hard and long

Tune: L.M. (Angel’s Song)
O Lord, the way is hard and long
And fellow travellers are few;
I am not wise, I am not strong,
I fear I shall not make it through.

On every side a sinking mire;
Down every path a mocker’s glee;
In every way a burning fire;
On either hand a roaring sea.

But you, O Lord, my portion are,
The rock in which my soul can hide:
Better, my God, and better far
Than all and everything beside.

Men will betray, and friends will fail,
Each day a newfound enemy;
Yet through the storm I safely sail
With you, O God, to comfort me.

My flesh, my God, is poor and weak,
My heart and faith so often low;
But I will find you when I seek,
And you will guide me where to go.

Lord God, reveal your gracious way,
Your Spirit deep within me dwell,
And guide me on to glorious day
In Jesus Christ, who loves me well.

Jeremy Walker.   See other hymns and psalms.

Jeremy Walker

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Tim Challies reminds us:

Songs are a powerful means of teaching. The melodies, rhythms, and rhymes that characterize songs make the words easier to remember. The best and most effective songs combine lyrics and music to cultivate feelings that complement the meaning.

All throughout history God’s people have used songs to teach. We can see this as early as Exodus 15 where Moses records the song Israel sang after crossing the Red Sea. It taught everyone who heard and sang it about God’s character in that great act of delivering his people. In the New Testament we encounter simple but important truths in the earliest Christian hymns.

Challies goes on to share the background to a famous hymn which instructs us on the doctrine of the church. It’s a hymn that is sung worldwide and has an interesting reason for being written.  Read about The Church’s One Foundation here.


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Sing the power of Jesus’ name

All hail the power of Jesu’s name!
Let Angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
To crown Him Lord of All.

Let high-born Seraphs tune the lyre,
And, as they tune it, fall
Before His face who tunes their choir,
And crown Him Lord of All.

Crown Him, ye morning stars of light,
Who fix’d this floating ball;
Now hail the strength of Israel’s might,
And crown Him Lord of All.

Crown him, ye martyrs of your God,
Who from His altar call;
Extol the stem of Jesse’s rod,
And crown Him Lord of All.

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,
Ye ransom’d of the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of All.

Hail Him, ye heirs of David’s line,
Whom David Lord did call;
The God incarnate, man Divine;
And crown Him Lord of All.

Sinners! whose love can ne’er forget
The wormwood and the gall,
Go–spread your trophies at His feet,
And crown Him Lord of All.

Let every tribe, and every tongue,
That bound creation’s call,
Now shout in universal song,
The crowned Lord of All!

–Edward Perronet

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Last Sunday morning, Resurrection Sunday, we sang “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”  I was fascinated to find that the origin of this hymn goes back all the way to the 14th century in Latin, although the version most of us sing dates back to the 1700’s with the words penned by John and Charles Wesley.  We usually sing three or four stanzas of this rousing hymn, but there are actually eleven, count them, eleven stanzas that were penned by the Wesley brothers.  Read all 11 of them today and read more about the history of this hymn here.

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Upon a Life I Did Not Live

Worth meditating on this day:

1. Upon a life I have not lived,
Upon a death I did not die,
Another’s life; Another’s death,
I stake my whole eternity.

2. Not on the tears which I have shed,
Not on the sorrows I have known,
Another’s tears; Another’s griefs,
On these I rest, on these alone.

O Jesus, Son of God, I build on what Thy cross has done for me;
There both my life and death I read, my guilt, and pardon there I see.

3. Lord, I believe; O deal with me,
As one who has Thy Word believed!
I take the gift, Lord, look on me,
As one who has Thy gift received. (Chorus)

–Horatius Bonar

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Tim Challies reveals the identity of Robert E. Lee’s favorite hymn which was also a hymn that left one of America’s great theologians speechless as he sung it. It’s a hymn that you are likely familiar with it.  And you can even get a free download from a recently recorded singing of this hymn. Click here to learn more.

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