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Hymns of My youth: We Praise Thee, O God

This hymn seems to be unknown outside of Lutheran circles. If you’re a Lutheran today, and you’ve sung this hymn, chances are it’s been a neutered version with updated and decidedly unpoetic language, no violence (“battles” are now “struggles”), sans any “great Jehovah.” I give it to you con carne.

20 We Praise Thee, O God


We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before Thee, we kneel and adore Thee;
We bless Thy holy name, glad praises we sing.

We worship Thee, God of our fathers, we bless Thee;
Through trouble and tempest our Guide hast Thou been.
When perils o’ertake us, escape Thou wilt make us,
And with Thy help, O Lord, our battles we win.

With voices united our praises we offer
to Thee, great Jehovah, glad anthems we raise.
Thy strong arm will guide us, our God is beside us,
To Thee, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!

The Concordia Hymnal(Augsburg Publishing House), 1960.

The tune is Krember, which you may recognize as We Gather Together.

Posted 2010·09·04 by David Kjos
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#1 || 10·09·04··08:02 || Jerry

Unknown outside of Lutheran circles?

This is Hymn # 19 in the 1991 Baptist Hymnal.

#2 || 10·09·04··10:44 || David

I will happily be mistaken about that. I only found Lutheran sources, and few of those.

#3 || 10·09·04··12:55 || rebecca

I have this sung by the St. Olaf Choir. I was already knew it, but I'm not sure where I learned it.

#4 || 10·09·04··12:58 || rebecca

"I was already knew it"

Yikes. And I proofread that.

#5 || 10·09·04··16:06 || David

Can't get any more Lutheran than "St. Olaf." But I'm sure you was already knew that, too.

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