This is another hymn of thanksgiving. It is a 19th Century German hymn, with lyrics by Joachim Neander and music by Love den Herren. Catherine Winkworth translated the song to English in 1863. That’s all I know about its history.
In fact, this hymn has a lot of sentimental attachment to us because this was the hymn of worship we had sung at our wedding just a little over 45 years ago…just after the wedding party processed. We sang it together as a congregation. It always moves me when I sing it.
We had an organ, not a guitar at the time. And I love the organ or piano with this tune frankly. It seems more regal to me. I know, it’s a personal preference.
Can’t you picture what it will be like?
Can’t you just picture a king slowly moving forward in a long procession in His crown, robed in his royal garments with all the pomp and circumstance that goes with such an occasion?
Only this King of Kings will have thousands upon thousands of angelic choirs rejoicing and singing along with the throngs of His redeemed people from every tribe and nation! And the instruments! I can’t even imagine the number and sound of the instruments in that amazing chorus where there will only be one Person we will be praising: The Lamb of GOD, Jesus Christ!
That’s what I picture when I hear this music and sing the words. It is a glorious picture in my imagination…and I don’t think it is half of what the real thing will be like!
Even so, Come Lord Jesus!
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