We feature an alternately sprightly and majestic arrangement of the wonderful 17th century hymn, Praise To The Lord The Almighty. Words are by Joachim Neander, and interestingly, the composer of the music is unknown. This hymn features 2 first lines that may be the longest in all of hymnody! If you think of a first line that rivals it’s length, please let us know!
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 with glad adoration
Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth
shelters thee under his wings yea, so gently sustaineth
Hast thou not seen
how thy desires (all) 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
Two additional verses found in some hymnals:
Praise to the Lord who when tempests their warfare are waging -
who when the elements madly around thee are raging
biddeth them cease
turneth their fury to peace
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging
Praise to the Lord, who when darkness of sin is abounding
who when the godless do triumph all virtue confounding
sheddeth his light
chaseth the horrors of night
saints with his mercy surrounding!