Hymn Study: Praise Ye the Lord, The Almighty

I LOVE the singing of Fernando Ortega... The way he sings hymns just lifts my spirit every single time.   He occasionally lightly changes the words but not enough to annoy.  :)

Here he is, singing this lovely hymn written by Joachim Neander

The verses I am familiar with in red.  
Praise ye the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise ye the Lord, who o'er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

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.

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.

Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
Saints with His mercy surrounding.

Praise to the Lord, O 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.

 This hymn was originally written in German and was translated by Catherine Winkworth.    It was written by Joachim Neander, who studied theology in Bremen.      He wasn't a serious theology student until he heard a sermon by a man by the name of Theodore Undereyk.  (source) .   (see.... good preaching changes lives)  :)   He was a minister only for a year before he died, at age 30, from tuberculosis.

An interesting fact is that a valley was renamed after him, and in that valley the remains of Homo neanderthalensis, or the Neanderthal man was discovered.  (source)   This makes him the only hymnist with a hominid named after him.

 Now for this hymn without singing.  Isn't the tune lovely?


  1. Hello Annette, it is so good to spend sometime on your blog. I searched for a link to you Bible Study... I would very much like to add it to the list.
    Is it the same as the hymn Study? If not would you please send me the links via email feyen2000@gmail.com
    Blessings to you
    😘It is so nice to meet you

    1. One can click on bible study or devotionals in my side bar, or the faith tab at the top. Both ways will get you to my Study on Ezekiel easily. :)

  2. This is one I don't know but the story is interesting. The words? Quite moving. Thank you for introducing me to another. - Lori

    1. I know. It's a good hymn. The "ye" and the "to" I find to be interchanged with this song frequently.


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