PRAISE HIM!  PRAISE HIM!                                                           written in 1869

The Story

Several years ago, the word “excellent” became a catch-phrase with the younger generations. In order for something to be “excellent”, it’s not just good, but extremely good… outstanding! In this hymn, Fanny Crosby urges us to praise God for His “excellent goodness”.

Consider who – or what – besides God is the greatest thing in your life. Your family? Your home? Your friends? Your favorite sports team? These may all be good, even very good, but God is greater! He excels above any other person or thing. His greatness even exceeds our best ability to praise Him.

It’s hard to find a hymn more filled with praise and joy. Jesus is hailed as Rock, Redeemer, Prophet, Priest, and King. But, just when we think He is so “excellent” that He is out of reach, we see Him as a Shepherd, carrying His little ones in His arms.

This is still another of the many favorite gospel hymns written by Fanny Crosby, blind American poetess. In all, she wrote between 8,000 and 9,000 gospel hymn texts and supplied our hymnals with more beloved hymns that are still sung today than any other writer.  But, this hymn is unlike most of the other hymns Fanny write; it seems more majestic rather than personal… but is just as good as any of her other hymns.

“Praise Him! Praise Him!” first appeared in a Sunday school hymnal, Bright Jewels, published in 1869. The song was originally titled, “Praise, Give Thanks.” And, still today, these words – sung quickly off the tongue – cause each believing heart to praise!

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – take the opportunity to praise Him!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

Sing, O earth, His wonderful love proclaim!

Hail Him! Hail Him, highest archangels in glory;

strength and honor give to His holy name!

Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children. In His arms He carries them all day long:

 

Refrain:

Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness!

Praise Him! Praise Him, ever in joyful song!

 

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

For our sins He suffered, and bled and died;

He, our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,

Hail Him! Hail Him! Jesus the Crucified.

Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows;

love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong:  (Refrain)

 

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

Heavenly portals, loud with hosannas ring.

Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever;

crown Him! Crown Him, Prophet and Priest and King!

Christ is coming, over the world victorious,

pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong:  (Refrain)

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