December 31 – Praise My Soul the King of Heaven

I love songs of praise, and this is my favourite one. Wayne and I chose this song to be sung at our wedding by all our guests. It has such a majestic tune that fits the words perfectly – and at our wedding, my aunt was an amazing organist who made the hymn extra special. Interesting that it’s usually sung by choirs. I guess it’s too much of an anthem to be sung by an individual.

  1. Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
    To His feet thy tribute bring.
    Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
    Evermore His praises sing:
    Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
    Praise the everlasting King.
  2. Praise Him for His grace and favour
    To our fathers in distress;
    Praise Him still the same as ever,
    Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
    Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
    Glorious in His faithfulness.
  3. Father-like He tends and spares us,
    Well our feeble frame He knows;
    In His hands He gently bears us,
    Rescues us from all our foes.
    Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
    Widely yet His mercy flows.
  4. Frail as summer’s flow’r we flourish,
    Blows the wind and it is gone;
    But while mortals rise and perish,
    Our God lives unchanging on.
    Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
    Praise the high Eternal One!
  5. Angels, help us to adore Him,
    Ye behold Him face to face;
    Sun and moon, bow down before Him;
    Dwellers all in time and space,
    Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
    Praise with us the God of grace.

Written by: Henry F. Lyte 1834

There are several phrases that really speak to me. “Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven” expresses so well what Jesus has done for us. He bought us back from sin with His death and resurrection. He is constantly working in us through the Holy Spirit to heal and restore us to the person God created us to be. And through it all, we have this foundation to build on – we are completely forgiven.

“Slow to chide and quick to bless” speaks of God’s character. Unlike myself, where I am more likely to correct or criticize than praise someone, God is so patient with us. Father-like He tends and spares us, well our feeble frame He knows; in His hands He gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes”. Again, I’m reminded of God’s gentleness and understanding of my human weakness.

“Our God lives unchanging on”. That is so incredible. We don’t have to worry about God changing His mind or plan for us. He is unchanging, while we are so flighty. That is a rock on which to build our lives. No wonder the song ends with “Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace”.

If you have time today, I also want you to read this psalm. It’s a longer one, but it’s the psalm that the hymn above is based on. Personally, I love songs that mirror scripture.

Psalm 103 NIV

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Praise My Soul is our song for today sung by the Westminster Abbey Choir. Again, there is not a lyric version, so you can follow along by rereading today’s devotions.

2 Replies to “December 31 – Praise My Soul the King of Heaven”

  1. What a beautiful,majestic hymn to end off this difficult year!Thank you,Audrey,for taking the time to write these inspiring devotionals,something I look forward to each day.
    My prayer is that, as we enter the new year, we would be aware of God’s daily presence carrying us through,regardless of our circumstances.”Praise with us the God of grace”.

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