Praise To The Lord, The Almighty ~ Day 1: Hymns of Praise

31 hymns 300I am so excited to be participating in this 31 Day blogging challenge hosted by The Nester.  As mentioned in my “coming soon” post, I am going to highlight a favorite hymn of praise.  My goal is to point others to the Lord through song.

Planning to write a series is something I’ve never done.  I got through the panic of what to write about but Hymns of Praise has the potential of endless choices of songs to high light.  It really is overwhelming!!  I have spent the past several days considering the songs that are best to share.  I have so many “favorites”.

To get started, I thought it might be good to delve into exactly what a hymn is.

The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition of HYMN is:

A song or ode in honor of God… A hymn among Christians is a short poem, composed for religious service, or a song of joy and praise to God.  The word primarily expresses the tune……..

I grew up in a typical Southern Baptist church.  We used a hymn book.  I LOVE hymns.  And I love the newer versions of the older, classic hymns.   So, over the next 31 days, I will share the old, the new, and the newer versions of the old hymns.  I also really enjoy learning the history behind a song so I may just share a little of that too.

This will be my “landing page”.  I will write about a selected hymn of praise every day in October and post the link here.  My prayer is that the hymn I share gives my reader a little bit of worship wherever they are in their day.

It seems fitting to start this challenge with a song that is all about praise.

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Praise to the Lord, The Almighty was originally published in 1680.   It, like many hymns, paraphrases the Psalms — particularly Psalms 103 and 150.  Here are the lyrics:

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (As performed by Passion)

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
Praise Him in glad adoration
Praise to the Lord

Who o’er all things so wonderfully reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings
Yea, so gladly sustaineth
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth

Praise to the Lord
Who doth prosper they work and defend thee
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
If with His love He befriend thee

Praise to the Lord, O 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

Chorus:
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

The King of creation……..thy health and salvation……….so gladly sustaineth………….His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.

What beautiful words of encouragement!

Ponder anew what the Almighty can do…………

Joy to You!

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