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To God All Praise and Glory

All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above[1]

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High . . .” (Psalm 92:1 NRSV)

It is not uncommon to hear the phrase “Praise the Lord!” uttered by Christians or in a Christian context.  We say, “Praise the Lord!” when we are emotionally blessed in a worship service.  We say, “Praise the Lord!” when some unexpected material blessing comes our way.  We say, “Praise the Lord!” when we feel especially close to the Lord in a time of prayer or worship.  These are good reasons to praise our God, but there are more.  Yes, God deserves our praise for His loving actions for us, but even more He deserves our praise for Who He is in his character and attributes.  Johann Schutz captured some of these prompts for praise in his hymn, “All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above.”

All praise to God who reigns above, the God of all creation,

The God of wonders, power and love, the God of our salvation!

With healing balm my soul he fills, the God who every sorrow stills.

To God all praise and glory!

What God’s almighty power hath made his gracious mercy keepeth;

By morning dawn or evening shade his watchful eye ne’er sleepeth;

Within the kingdom of his might, lo, all is just, and all is right.

To God all praise and glory!

I cried to him in time of need: “Lord God, O heart my calling!”

For death he gave me life indeed and kept my feet from falling.

For this my thanks shall endless be; O thank him, thank our God with me.

To God all praise and glory!

The Lord forsaketh not his flock, his chosen generation;

He is their refuge and their rock, their peace, and their salvation.

As with a mother’s tender hand he leads his own, his chosen band.

To God all praise and glory!

Who is this God who is deserving of our highest praise?   He is the God of creation.  He is the God whose great love is seen in His gift of salvation.  He is the Healer of souls and the Comforter of sorrows.  He is the God whose mercy keeps us secure.  He is the God of perfect justice and righteousness.  He is the faithful God who never leaves nor forsakes His own.

And what does our God do that deserves our highest praise?  He calms our fears and brings peace to our storm-filled lives.  He hears our every cry, picking us up when life has knocked us down.  He is our refuge in trouble and our rock when circumstances toss us around. “He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13 NRSV).

With each stanza – with each statement of who God is or what He has done – Schutz repeats his call to praise.  Let us join the chorus of saints of all time – the “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) – in lifting our hearts and voices to answer the call of Johann Schutz: “To God all praise and glory!”

Follow this YouTube link for a video that you can use as an accompaniment to your singing this hymn.

[1] Schutz, Johann J. THE TRINITY HYMNAL, Hymn 4. Suwanee, Ga: Great Commission Publications, 2006

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An Advent Prayer of Praise as a Child of God

With all the angels who filled the sky so long ago, we lift our voices, our Father, to proclaim your praise and say, “Glory to God in the highest heaven!”

You are worthy of praise because you are the everlasting Lord.

You are worthy of praise because you are the King that outlasts – and is far above – all earthly rulers and leaders.

You are worthy of praise because you do great and mighty things for our good and your glory.

Lord Jesus, you have taken on yourself the weight and shame of our lostness and sin and delivered us from it by your great grace.

You are worthy of praise because you give us life and all the good things that go with life.

  • Treasure – a treasure greater than the gifts of the wise men – Jesus, you are that great treasure to us.
  • Mercy – undeserved but without which we would be doomed – Oh God, we have life because of your mercy.
  • Peace – O how we thank you for peace – in the midst of our storms – no matter how desperate our circumstances – Jesus, you give us peace as you give us yourself.
  • Joy – joy that we have hope beyond the trials of this life – joy that comes in knowing the hard times here have meaning and purpose – Jesus, you are the giver of true joy.
  • Love – real, genuine, self-sacrificing, never-ending, love – not matter who we are or what we have done – O God, how we are amazed by your love.

You have given all who believe in you the privilege of being your children.

Born to raise the sons and daughters of earth
Born to give them second birth

We are children of God – yes, we are!
We are chosen and not forsaken
You are for us and not against us 

You have given us a true home – a place in your house – in your kingdom – so how can we not shout with a loud voice from a full heart –

  • “Let us adore Him!”
  • “He alone is worthy!”
  • “We’ll give you all the glory.”

Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be the Savior of the world.  Thank you for receiving us as your children. 

Jesus, thank you for coming to be our Savior and help us know the truth about God.  Thank you for living the life we could not live and paying the debt we could not pay.

Spirit of God, thank you for helping us to know our Messiah Jesus, and to receive Him as our Savior and Lord and Treasure.

We celebrate this season because of you!


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