PRAISE TO THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY                                   written in 1680

 The Story

            As a student in Bremen, Germany, Joachim Neander lived a godless life.  Both his father and grandfather were Lutheran ministers, yet Joachim wasted his teenage years in immorality.  But, when Joachim was 20 years old, a preacher named Under-Eyke came to Bremen.  Joachim went to the service intending to ridicule the speaker; instead, he was converted and became a Christian.

4 years later, Joachim became headmaster of a school in Dusseldorf.  During his time there, he wrote more than 60 hymns.  Because of his strong Christian views and evangelistic activities, Joachim displeased his superiors and was eventually removed from his position.

Undeterred, he continued to write hymns of praise.  When dismissed from his position and living quarters at the school, Joachim moved into a cave… and continued to write hymns.

Joachim Neander died young, at the age of 30, but he left behind a legacy of praise to God.  This song, written in 1680, is part of that legacy that is still sung in many churches today.

By the way, I LOVE THIS HYMN!

The Song

            Read these lyrics, and, today, make them your own…


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 thy 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.


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