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"Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!
All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.”
— Psalm 66:1-2, 4
We open our gatherings with this song of worship, reminding us that all creation worships our God. The second verse is more specific — emphasizing the redeeming work of Jesus as our Rescue from sin. We worship God because He is great and because He is good.
Believers have been singing this classic hymn for more than three hundred years, written in 1680 by Joachim Neander. He wrote this text when he was 30 (the year he died) while battling tuberculosis. Even in great sickness, Neander saw the Lord as his "health" —
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
O my soul praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation
No matter the circumstances we face, this hymn reminds us that we can join together in "glad adoration" of the One whose "goodness and mercy here daily attend" to us.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, we will sing of the goodness of God in all things and give thanks for all that comes from His hand. This modern hymn gives voice to the cry of Romans 7:25 — "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
Everlasting songs will rise for all You've done
Thanks be to our God
We will respond to the preaching of God's Word with this song of commitment. As we recognize that all of life is an opportunity to serve and glorify the One who made us, we respond by committing all to Him.
As believers in Jesus, how are we to view our daily work? This modern hymn offers a theology of work and serves as part of our response. May the Lord shape our lives to live out this prayer —
Before You we kneel, our Master and Maker
Establish the work of our hands
And order our steps to seek first Your kingdom
In every small and great task
Let us come to our weekend worship gatherings as a people prepared.