As I have been including the hymn numbers in this series, you may have noticed that the first two, and now this one, are the first three in a row. I assure you that I do not intend to go through the entire Concordia Hymnal. These first three just happen to be among the “hymns of my youth” worth sharing, and CDO* as I am, will naturally be working my way through them in order.
Like most hymnals, the Concordia is arranged according to themes, so this week’s hymn is another from the Worship in General: Praise and Prayer section.
3 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
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;
Join me in glad adoration.
Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er 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, who with marvelous wisdom hath made thee;
Decked thee with health, and with faithfulness guided and stayed thee;
How oft in grief hath he not brought thee relief,
Spreading his wings to o’ershade 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.
—The Concordia Hymnal (Augsburg Publishing House), 1960.
A nice rendition by Fernando Ortega:
As it ought to be!
* That’s “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,” written as it ought to be: in alphabetical order.