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Christian Praise: How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art

 Christian Praise

How Great Thou Art

In Christian Praise, the lyrics to the Christian Song “How Great Thou Art” are very familiar even to those who are non Bible Believing Christians. It is a close runner up with the song “Amazing Grace” and for good reason.

As I have explained in other blog posts, Christian Praise is all about bringing our attention to the great things God has done in our lives. We need to focus on the great things God has done FOR us before we can worship Him for who He is. This is the distinction between Christian Praise and Worship.

Thinking about all of the wonderful things God has done for us and how he has created all good things for us helps us to concentrate on what a wonderful God we serve.

Read the lyrics and listen to the video and see if it doesn’t help you turn your attention away from your problems and onto God who is above all of these daily turmoil’s. Your daily problems will not seem so big when you realize how big your God is.

This song was originally a Swedish folk melody, called “O Store Gud” by Carl Boberg (1859-1940) It was translated in 1899 by Stuart K. Hine.

Here are the lyrics for “How Great Thou Art”

Verse1:

O Lord My God!

When I In Awesome Wonder Consider All The Worlds Thy Hands Have Made,

I See The Stars, I Hear The Rolling Thunder,

Thy Power Throughout The Universe Displayed:

 

Chorus:

Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

 

Verse 2:

When Through The Woods And Forest Glades I Wander

And Hear The Birds Sing Sweetly In The Trees

When I Look Down From Lofty Mountain Grandeur

And Hear The Brook And Feel The Gentle Breeze

 

Chorus:

Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

 

Verse 3:

And When I Think That God, His Son Not Sparing,

Sent Him To Die, I Scarce Can Take It In

That On The Cross, My Burden Gladly Bearing,

He Bled And Died To Take Away My Sin

 

Chorus:

Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

 

Verse 4:

When Christ Shall Come With Shout Of Acclamation

And Take Me Home, What Joy Shall Fill My Heart!

Then I Shall Bow In Humble Adoration,

And There Proclaim, My God, How Great Thou Art!

 

Chorus:

Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

 

Enjoy this beautiful rendition by Yolanda Adams!

(originally posted Oct.6, 2009)

Christian Praise: Where is God?

Where is God?

Christian Praise

Where is God?

 

Christian Praise becomes much easier for us when we realize How Big God really is and how much He truly loves us.

A few years ago, Bette Middler had a hit song called “From a Distance” which won a Grammy for “Song of the Year” in 1991. The words were nice and gave us the feeling that we were not alone in this world, that indeed God was watching us from a distance.

It’s a lovely platitude but it doesn’t really tell us where God actually is.

Christian Praise can be hard to muster up if we only believe in a God somewhere up there in the sky who looks down on us once in awhile. It may be a nice thought to some, but it doesn’t do much else except to give us a few warm and fuzzy feelings.

God is very much a part of your life and He chose it to be that way. He doesn’t just want to be God, He also wants to abide in You. He wants be your friend.

Abraham was called God’s friend, because he took the time to walk and talk with God.

Adam had direct communion with God in the Garden, before Adam and Eve got banished for their sin. Many scholars believe because they were banished that communion with God was cut off, but this does not make sense if Abraham was considered God’s friend. Maybe there wasn’t direct communication as in the garden but there had to be some type of communication in Abraham’s day. We can only speculate what that was.

One thing is clear though. In the old Testament the Spirit came upon the prophets. In the New Testament the Spirit is in us. Why the difference?

It is because of Christ’s death on the cross that the barrier between God and us can be breached.

John 14:16-20 (kjv) says:

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

God loves to commune with us and the best way to bring in His presence is with Christian Praise.

God abides in the praises of His people.

Psalm 22:3 (kjv) says: But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel

God is not some Sugar Daddy in the sky that we make requests to and wait for Him to grant them. He is so close to us that we cannot truly describe it in proper words.

Paul Put it this way:

Acts 17:28 He is not far from us, for in him we live and move and have our being.

Every particle of yourself is in God and God is in every particle of you.

Jesus said in John 14:21-28

Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, (then) what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.

Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

I have told you this while I am with you.

The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name–he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you.

If You Love Me, Keep my Word

If You Love Me, Keep my Word

 

Knowing this, Christian Praise should come freely from your heart and lips as you marvel at the Greatness of God who comes to inhabit the very people He has purchased with the blood of Jesus. If we love Him and obey His commands, He will make His dwelling with us. Hallelujah!

Where is God? God is in me, and you, if you love Him and keep His commandments.

One of my favorite songs from years gone by is “How Big is God?”

The lyrics to this song are:

Though Men May Strive To Go Beyond The Reach Of Space
To Go Beyond The Distant Glimmering Stars
This World’s A Room So Small Within My Master’s House
The Open Sky But A Portion Of His Yard.

How Big Is God, How Big And Wide His Vast Domain
To Try To Tell These Lips Can Only Start
He’s Big Enough To Rule This Mighty Universe
Yet Small Enough To Live Within My Heart.

As Winter Chill May Cause The Tiny Seed To Fall
To Lie Asleep Till Waked By Summer’s Rain
The Heart Grown Cold Will Warm And Trod With Life Anew
The Master’s Touch Will Bring The Glow Again.

How Big Is God, How Big And Wide His Vast Domain
To Try To Tell These Lips Can Only Start
He’s Big Enough To Rule The Mighty Universe
Yet Small Enough To Live Within My Heart.

Here is the version from YouTube

Christian Praise: Let’s Forget About Ourselves

christian praise surrender

Christian Praise

Let’s Forget About Ourselves

 

As a Christian Praise and Worship Leader I realize that many people who come into our church services are a little frazzled and perhaps have many things on their minds. It’s not easy getting a family all dressed and ready to come to Church on Sunday mornings and our thoughts may be scattered and our nerves may be frazzled from all of the preparation.

Our motives are right, there is no denying that, but when we come into the house of the Lord we may not be at our best to offer Christian Praise and worship.

I find it very beneficial to start out our Christian Praise and Worship Service with songs and Scriptures on Praise that help us to get our focus corrected.

The Christian Praise and Worship Music should be aimed at leading the congregation from a place of Praise to the inner sanctuary where we can worship God in the beauty of His Holiness.

I do not understand churches that start their Christian Praise with Worship. How can I walk in off the street after perhaps battling it out with the kids in the car and be prepared to enter the Holy of Holies?

Yes, some days I can put myself together and actually walk in prepared to worship but for the majority of people they need to be led into Christian Praise and Worship like leading a small child.

Our minds are like little children and they don’t always want to do what we want them to do when we want them to do it. This is one of the reasons that the Bible tells us that we need to renew our minds and that is done only through the Word of God.

Because I am acutely aware of the things that go on when preparing to get to church on Sunday I do not start the Christian Praise and Worship Service with purely Worship songs. I will always start off on a plane where many people find themselves when they walk into the service. This is why I generally start the service with songs like:

I Will Enter His Gates

I will enter His Gates with Thanksgiving in my Heart

I will enter His Courts with Praise

I will say this is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

He has made me glad, He has made me glad

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

He has made me glad, He has made me glad

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

This brings our focus away from the momentary distractions and helps us to remember that “this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”(Psalm 118:24)

Then I might go into the Chorus: “What a Mighty God we Serve.”

This brings us closer to realizing how Great God is.

Another great chorus to help us prepare ourselves is the wonderful Christian Praise Song: “We Have Come into This House”

The Chorus goes;

We have come into this house and gathered in His Name to Worship Him 3x

Worship Him Christ the Lord

He is all my righteousness, I stand complete in Him and Worship Him 3x

Worship Him Christ the Lord

 

Once we sing a christian praise song like this, we hopefully focus on why we are here in Church. Once we get ourselves lined up in why we are here and what we are here to do and how great God is, then we are truly ready to offer Him Worship.

First, Comes Christian Praise and that leads to Worship.

You can listen to a nice version of the song: We Have Come Into This House

(Originally posted: Sept. 12, 2009)

Photo Credit: Ricardo Camacho (Creative Commons)

Christian Praise: Not all Christian Praise Songs are Created Equal

Christian Praise All Songs are Not Equal

Christian Praise:

Not all Christian Praise Songs are Created Equal

Not all Christian Praise Songs are created equal. In fact, there are many so called “Christian Praise Songs” which I would not even consider appropriate to sing in churches today. A few years back, in the 90’s there was a song that people liked to sing which really bothered me tremendously. It was called “I Command Thee Satan”

Here are the lyrics:

I Command Thee Satan

In the Name of the Lord

To Drop Your Weapons and Flee

For the Lord Has Given Us Authority

To Walk All Over Thee

 

I do realize that we have full authority over Satan so that really does not bother me, what does bother me is that by singing this Christian Praise Song or Chorus, aren’t we singing to Satan?

I believe that if we are to offer Christian Praise it should be actual Praise to God. I can see how we can rejoice in the fact that Satan has no power over us, and it is a very peppy tune and fun to sing, but to sing this song, in my opinion is singing to Satan and I really don’t feel that it should have a place in the church because of that.

I am sure you can think of many Christian Praise Songs, which can be doctrinally sound, but not really appropriate to be singing in church.

What do you think?

(Originally posted Nov.22, 2009)

Christian Praise: I Shall Not Be Moved

I Shall Not Be Moved

I Shall Not Be Moved

 

The Christian Praise Song “I Shall Not Be Moved” is based on Psalm 1 from the Bible. I have written out the words to this famous gospel hymn below. Enjoy

I SHALL NOT BE MOVED

Jesus is my Savior, I shall not be moved

In His love and favor I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

I shall not be moved

 

CHORUS:

I shall not be, I shall not be moved

I shall not be, I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

I shall not be moved

 

In my Christ Abiding, I shall not be moved

In His love I’m hiding, I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

I shall not be moved

(chorus)

If I trust Him ever, I shall not be moved

He will fail me never, I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

I shall not be moved

(chorus)

On His Word I’m feeding, I shall not be moved

He’s the one that’s leading, I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters

I shall not be moved

(chorus)

 

Here is a nice version of the song sung by “The Gaithers”

(originally posted February 12, 2010)