Hymn Challenge #16: Praise to the Lord the Almighty
Words Written by: Joachim Neander
b. 1650; d. May 31, 1680
Joachim Neander wrote this hymn in 1680, and it was based on Psalm 103 which says:
"1 Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
6 The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly."
Psalm 150 is also another great Psalm that goes along with this wonderful hymn:
"1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens.
2 Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness.
3 Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre,
4 Praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute,
5 Praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."
Joachim Neander was born in 1650 in Bremen in northwestern Germany. He came from a family of musicians and studied theology from 1666 to 1670. He did not enjoy his studies but became serious about his studies after hearing a sermon by Theodor Undereyk. He then became a pastor in 1679. He wrote over 110 hymns, and he was regarded as a great hymn writer of the German Reformed Church. Catherine Winkworth, a well-known hymn translator, translated this hymn in 1863. He died at the young age of 30 from tuberculosis.
I had another hymn picked out for today; however, as we enter this Thanksgiving week, I felt we needed to study a hymn of Thanksgiving. This hymn shares just that and reminds us of how we are to praise God everyday and thank Him. He forgives our sins, redeems us from death, and He is constantly at our side listening, guiding, loving, comforting, caring, encouraging, etc. We don't deserve any of this yet He offers it to us because He loves us, and He wants to fellowship with us. It's easy to complain about things but there are many, many things in which we need to praise God for. How have you thanked Him for His salvation, constant care, and provision? When you feel like you have nothing to praise God for, read this hymn, read Psalm 103 and Psalm 150!
How else might you give honor, thanksgiving, and praise to the Lord everyday and throughout the year?
**Repent of your sin.
**Thank Him for His gift of salvation.
**Remember Him in all you do and say and let Him be your guide.
**Recognize God by listing one thing that you are thankful for each day. Keep it on your calendar, in a journal, etc. It doesn't have to be fancy.
**Every time you pray throughout the day, thank Him!
**Have an attitude of gratefulness in all things even when things are difficult.
**Praise Him for the seen and unseen things (the Holy Spirit, hope, prayer, etc.).
Job 22:26 "Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God."
Psalm 100:4 "Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name."
"10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God."
Below you will find the sheet music to "Praise to the Lord the Almighty." Also, be sure to check out the link I have below for you today.
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