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Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

November 4 PRAISE TO THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY Joachim Neander, 1650–1680 Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829–1878 Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee. (Psalm 67:3) Great expressions of praise to God have come from many different traditions and backgrounds. Throughout the centuries God has used the talents of people from various cultures to provide His church with hymns of praise so His people might be known as people of praise and thanksgiving. The author of this inspiring hymn text, Joachim Neander, has often been called the greatest of all German-Calvinist Reformed hymn writers. He wrote approximately 60 hymns and composed many tunes. Nearly all of his hymns are triumphant expressions of praise. This hymn is a free paraphrase of Psalm 103:1–6, which begins, “Bless [praise] the Lord, O my soul: And all that is within me, bless His holy name.” The translator of this text, Catherine Winkworth, is regarded as one of the finest translators of the Germa…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Accountability King David was a man of great contradictions. He was a hard working man who was equally comfortable playing a musical instrument or fighting in a war. He was a tender-hearted poet, with musical talents that could soothe the souls of his listeners. He was a “man after God’s own heart”—a spiritual man. Don’t think that David was a softie. He was a warrior without peer. The people said of him: “Saul has killed his thousands, but David his ten thousands.” Even the smallest child in our Sunday School could tell the story of David defeating the giant Goliath. David was a strong man—a leader of men, a man that anyone would feel safe walking beside. David was a spiritual man who penned many beautiful psalms that were sung in his day and read in our day. Yet, David had a severe moral lapse. It was the time of year when Kings lead their troops to war, but David was no where to be found. Instead of assuming his leadership role, he lingered around the palace. While walking arou…