Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Melody - "Lobe den Herren, den m├Ąchtigen", Straslund, 1665

Joachim Neander, 1679; German text

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
The King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him,
For He is Thy Health and Salvation!
Join the full throng:
Wake, harp and psalter and song;
Sound forth in glad adoration!

2. Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things
So wondrously reigneth,
Who, as on wings of an eagle,
Uplifteth, sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen
How thy desires all have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

3. Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully,
Wondrously, made thee;
Health hath vouchsafed and, when heedlessly
Falling, hath stayed thee.
What need or grief
Ever hath failed of relief?
Wings of His mercy did shade thee.

4. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper
Thy work and defend thee,
Who from the heavens the streams of His
Mercy doth send thee.
Ponder anew
What the Almighty can do,
Who with His love doth befriend thee.

5. Praise to the Lord! Oh, 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.

Melody first published in: Erneuertes Gesangbuch, Stralsund, 1665

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