Praise to the Lord, the Almighty the King of Creation Lyrics
Author: Joachim Neander (1680); Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
1 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!
Come, all who hear; now to his temple draw near,
join me in glad adoration.
2 Praise to the Lord, above all things so wondrously reigning;
sheltering you under his wings, and so gently sustaining!
Have you not seen all that is needful has been
sent by his gracious ordaining?
3 Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you;
surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
if with his love he befriends you.
4 Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that has life and breath, come now with praises before him.
Let the Amen sound from his people again;
gladly forever adore him.
Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation Hymn History
Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation is a German Christian hymn that was composed by Joachim Neander in 1680.
The English version is a translation by Catherine Winkworth in 1863.
There were other English translations, but it is Catherine’s translation that has prevailed to be the main translation of this hymn.
Neander was a minister of the gospel in a German Reformed (Calvinist) Church.
Praise to the Lord the Almighty is his most famous hymn.
It is for many people a very majestic hymn that stands tall among all hymns of praise.
And the Germans have done a lot in contributing a lot of these majestic hymns. I am thinking here of hymn writers such as Handel with his Hallelujah Chorus.
Singing this song “takes you to the very throne of God”.
Joachim Neander was born at Bremen in German in 1650. Neander is actually a Greek version of a German name.
His grandfather is the one who adopted this surname as a Greek form of his original German name, Neumann or Niemann.
In his early life Joachim had strayed from the Lord and joined some riotous friends and engaged in all sorts of questionable behavior.
He had actually gone to the meeting that led to his conversion to cause mischief but was so impressed by the message that he gave his life to Christ.
He later became a minister of the gospel in the German Reformed Church.
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