Hymns that praise God

Give me joy (Sing Hosannah)

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Give me joy (Sing Hosannah)

Common Praise No. 433

Give me joy in my heart, keep my praising,
give me joy in my heart, I pray;
give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
keep me praising till the break of day:
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King of Kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King!


Give me peace in my heart, keep me loving,
give me peace in my heart, I pray;
give me peace in my heart, keep me loving,
keep me loving till the break of day:
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King of Kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King!


Give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
give me love in my heart, I pray;
give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
keep me serving till the break of day:
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King of Kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King!

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God is love

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God is love

Common Praise No. 442

(t.Blaenwern)

1
God is Love: let heav'n adore him;
     God is Love: let earth rejoice;
let creation sing before him,
     and exalt him with one voice.
He who laid the earth's foundation,
     he who spread the heav'ns above,
he who breathes through all creation,
     he is Love, eternal Love.

2
God is Love: and he enfoldeth
     all the world in one embrace;
with unfailing grasp he holdeth
     every child of every race.
And when human hearts are breaking
     under sorrow's iron rod,
then they find that selfsame aching
     deep within the heart of God.

3
God is Love: and though with blindness
     sin afflicts the souls of all,
God's eternal loving-kindness
     holds and guides us when we fall.
Sin and death and hell shall never
     o'er us final triumph gain;
God is Love, so Love for ever
     o'er the universe must reign.

Author: Timothy Rees (1874-1939) altered

(Can also be sung to the tunes Alleluia, or Hyfrodol)

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Great is thy Faithfulness

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Great is thy Faithfulness

Common Praise No. 453

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
     there is no shadow of turning with Thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not;
     as thou hast been thou forever will be:

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
     Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided,
     great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
     sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in manifold witness
     to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love:

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
     thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
     blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Thomas Chisholm 1866-1960
Text copyright 1923, renewed 1951 by Hope Publishing / CopyCare
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Love divine, all loves excelling

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Love divine, all loves excelling

Common Praise No. 516

(t. Love Divine)

Love divine, all loves excelling,
     joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
     all thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesu, thou art all compassion,
     pure unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
     enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
     let us all thy grace receive;
suddenly return, and never,
     never more thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,
     serve thee as thy hosts above;
pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
     glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation
     pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
     perfectly restored in thee;

changed from glory into glory
     till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
     lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), altered
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These words are sung to two other tunes (N.B. if either of the following tunes are used, the words should be printed in 3 verses of 8 lines each.
Hyfrydol
Blaenwern

Now thank we all our God

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Now thank we all our God

Common Praise No. 530

(t. Nun Danket)

     Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
     who wondrous things hath done,
in whom his world rejoices;
            who from our mother's arms
            hath blessed us on our way
            with countless gifts of love,
            and still is ours to-day.

     O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
     with ever joyful hearts
and blessèd peace to cheer us;
            and keep us in his grace,
            and guide us when perplexed,
            and free us from all ills
            in this world and the next.

     All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
     the Son, and him who reigns
with them in highest heaven,
            the one eternal God,
            whom earth and heaven adore;
            for thus it was, is now,
            and shall be evermore.

Martin Rinkart (1586-1649)
translated Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)
Tune: NUN DANKET
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O God beyond all praising(t. Thaxted: same tune as I vow to thee my country)

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O God beyond all praising(t. Thaxted: same tune as I vow to thee my country)

This hymn is not found in the Common Praise Hymnal.
O God beyond all praising,
we worship you today
and sing the love amazing
that songs cannot repay;
for we can only wonder
at every gift you send,
at blessings without number
and mercies without end:
we lift our hearts before you
and wait upon your word,
we honor and adore you,
our great and mighty Lord.

The flower of earthly splendor
in time must surely die,
its fragile bloom surrender
to you the Lord most high;
but hidden from all nature
the eternal seed is sown -
though small in mortal stature,
to heaven's garden grown:
for Christ the Man from heaven
from death has set us free,
and we through him are given
the final victory!

Then hear, O gracious Savior,
accept the love we bring,
that we who know your favor
may serve you as our king;
and whether our tomorrows
be filled with good or ill,
we'll triumph through our sorrows
and rise to bless you still:
to marvel at your beauty
and glory in your ways,
and make a joyful duty
our sacrifice of praise.

* The second verse may be omitted.

Words by MICHAEL PERRY

Words © 1982, 1987 The Jubilate Group (admin. Hope Publishing Company, 380 S Main Pl, Carol Stream, IL 60188)

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O Praise Ye The Lord!

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O Praise Ye The Lord!

Common Praise No. 543

1
O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height;
rejoice in his word, ye angels of light;
ye heavens adore him by whom ye were made,
and worship before him, in brightness arrayed.

2
O praise ye the Lord! Praise him upon earth,
in tuneful accord, ye sons of new birth;
praise him who hath brought you his grace from above,
praise him who hath taught you to sing of his love.

3
O praise ye the Lord, all things that give sound;
each jubilant chord re-echo around;
loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone,
and, sweet harp, the story of what he hath done.

4
O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured all ages along:
for love in creation, for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord!
    Amen, amen.

Author: Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877)
Tune: LAUDATE DOMINUM
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
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O Worship the King

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O Worship the King

Common Praise No. 546

O worship the King, all glorious above;
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendour and girded with praise.

O tell of his might, O sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space;
his chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy power hath founded of old;
Hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distils in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

O measureless might, ineffable Love,
While angels delight to hymn thee above,
Thy humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall sing to thy praise.

* Verse 3 can be omitted

Author: Robert Grant (1779-1838)
Ps 104
Tune: HANOVER (William Croft (1678 - 1727)
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Praise to the Lord, The Almighty

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Praise to the Lord, The Almighty

Common Praise No. 558

Praise to 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,
     joining in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things
                 so wondrously reigneth,
shieldeth thee gently from harm, or
                 when fainting sustaineth:
            hast thou not seen
            how thy heart's wishes have been
     granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper
                 thy work and defend thee;
surely his goodness and mercy
                 shall daily attend thee:
            ponder anew
            what the Almighty can do,
     if to the end he befriend thee.

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!

Joachim Neander 1650-1680
Tr. Catherine Winkworth 1827-1878 (altered)

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Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

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Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

Common Praise No. 555

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
     to his feet thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
     who like me his praise should sing?
            Alleluia, alleluia,
     praise the everlasting King.

Praise him for his grace and favour
     to our fathers in distress;
praise him still the same for ever,
     slow to chide, and swift to bless:
            Alleluia, alleluia,
     glorious in his faithfulness.

Father-like, he tends and spares us,
     well our feeble frame he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
     rescues us from all our foes:
            Alleluia, alleluia,
     widely as his mercy flows.

Angels, help us to adore him;
     ye behold him face to face;
sun and moon, bow down before him,
     dwellers all in time and space:
            Alleluia, alleluia,
     praise with us the God of grace.

Henry Francis Lyte 1793-1847
From Psalm 103

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Tell out my Soul

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Tell out my Soul

Common Praise No. 362

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
     Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
     in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name!
     Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age the same;
     his holy name, the Lord, the mighty one.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
     Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
     the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
     Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
     to children's children and for evermore!

Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith (born 1926) from Luke 1.46-55 (The Magnificat) © administered by Oxford University Press in Europe (including UK and Ireland) and Africa, and by Hope Publishing Company in all other territories (including USA) Music: © Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, London OX2 6DP. CCLI. Song No. 2684804.
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