Monday, September 24, 2007

Ponder Anew

Praise Ye Lord, the Almighty

Joachim Neander 1650-1680

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 over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, Who hath fearfully, wondrously, made thee;
Health hath vouchsafed and, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.
What need or grief ever hath failed of relief?
Wings of His mercy did shade thee.

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, 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.

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.

We are learning an old hymn each week in our homeschool time. This is the hymn for last week, but we needed to go over it again this week since there are some pretty challenging words and deep theology that needed much explanation.

It has really spoken to my heart in a fresh way as I made an effort to help the children understand it's deep and abiding truths. It seems strange to them that the author wrote this in the 1660's, but it can be applied to our world today. We often think that each previous generation had less of the sinful world to deal with in their walk with the Lord, but truly, there is nothing new - we are just finding different ways to fall short of the glory of God.

Isn't it wonderful to be surrounded by His mercy - today as much as in days gone by? It is a joy to 'ponder anew what the Almighty can do"!

thanks to Hymn Lyrics


  1. That is a wonderful hymn, Heather! We are singing Amazing Grace this week!
    P.s. I love how you call the egg and bread an egg in a nest...too cute!

  2. That is one of my very favorite hymns--thanks for sharing it!! love love love it!

  3. I find the kids are humming it as they play and work, so I'm hoping it has touched their hearts too! We did 'Amazing Grace' last spring and they loved going into the bush behind our house and singing it to the tree-tops!

  4. Oh and speaking of praise--go to my blog and the post for Sept 25 on thankful again--smiling in the heart--read it, comment, and then post on your blog the things that you are thankful for today or things that make you smile in your heart. Blessings ;-) !

  5. This is one of my favorite hymns. Thanks for sharing all the verses.

  6. What a beautiful hymn. I just wanted to pop by and say thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I loved Ohio!

  7. this hymn has been going through my mind ever since i read your post a few days ago. it's nice to know that the renewing of the mind is an active thing and also one that can go on auto-pilot every now and then .... i woke up in the middle of the night with this hymn going through my mind.

  8. I love the way the Word of God is living and active, and how the truth of His Word can be captured in music and follow us through our day - and night! I'm glad this touched you!

    Don't you think that music in heaven will be beyond beautiful? I am so looking forward to hearing it!

  9. I just found you through Kelli's There is no place like home's great to know other homeschool moms are teaching hymns too! (Ambleside Online has a great list as well as links.)


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