Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above {2016 Hymn Challenge}

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Wow, it’s already February! I finally sang through all six verses of my January hymn, Nearer My God to Thee, by memory last night. Barely beat the January clock… but it happened, and I’m sooo glad I memorized this hymn.

The prayer to be nearer to God’s heart is one that we can never ask too often, and Nearer My God to Thee was a really good hymn for me to sing over and over and over this month. January is gone, but I’m going to learn from these lyrics for a long time.

For February, I chose the lovely little five-verse hymn, Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above. The lyrics go like this:

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Sing praise to God who reigns above, the God of all creation,
The God of power, the God of love, the God of our salvation.
With healing balm my soul is filled and every faithless murmur stilled:
To God all praise and glory.

What God’s almighty power hath made His gracious mercy keepeth,
By morning glow or evening shade His watchful eye ne’er sleepeth;
Within the kingdom of His might, Lo! all is just and all is right:
To God all praise and glory.

The Lord is never far away, but through all grief distressing,
An ever present help and stay, our peace and joy and blessing.
As with a mother’s tender hand, God gently leads the chosen band:
To God all praise and glory.

Thus, all my toilsome way along, I sing aloud Thy praises,
That earth may hear the grateful song my voice unwearied raises.
Be joyful in the Lord, my heart, both soul and body bear your part:
To God all praise and glory.

Let all who name Christ’s holy name give God all praise and glory;
Let all who own His power proclaim aloud the wondrous story!
Cast each false idol from its throne, for Christ is Lord, and Christ alone:
To God all praise and glory.

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What good words, right? I chose this one because I need to be reminded to sing praises to God all the time. ALL THE TIME. All the time. In the very best moments of the day, on the days that aren’t great at all, in perfect order, and in perfect chaos, we should sing God’s praises. Joyfully, readily, deeply.

That’s my prayer for this month, and this hymn will help me to keep that prayer on my tongue.

So, hymn #2! Let’s do this! <3 #hymnchallenge2016

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