James Montgomery, 1771-1854

Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.
Nehemiah 9:5

Many excellent opportunities to witness for the LORD are lost each day simply because of our timidity. Or perhaps we are with a group of colleagues when the Lord's name is blasphemed, the Gospel derided, the church's hypocrites ridiculed...and we remain silent. How tragic that our noble words of praise on Sunday often leave us during the week when they are needed most.

Ye call me Master and obey not,
Ye call Me Light and see Me not,
Ye call Me Way and walk not,
Ye call Me Life and desire Me not,
Ye call Me Wise and follow Me not,
Ye call Me Fair and love Me not,
Ye call Me Rich and ask Me not,
Ye call Me Eternal and see Me not,
Ye call Me Noble and serve Me not,
Ye call Me Mighty and honor Me not,
Ye call me Just and fear Me not.
~Found on an old slab on the Cathedral of Lubeck, Germany

"Stand Up and Bless the LORD" was written by James Montgomery in 1824 especially for a Sunday School anniversary in Sheffield, England. It was based on Nehemiah 9:5b. Montgomery was the editor of a newspaper in Sheffield and was known as an outspoken advocate for many humanitarian causes. He also championed ecclesiastical causes, including hymn singing in church services, foreign missions, and the British Bible Society. James Montgomery wrote more than 400 hymns, earning him a lasting place as one of England's finest hymn writers. May this musical challenge help you today.

Stand up and bless the LORD
Ye people of His choice;
Stand up and bless the LORD your God
With heart and soul and voice.

Though high above all praise,
Above all blessing high,
Who would not fear His holy Name,
And laud and magnify?

O for the living flame
From His own altar brought,
To touch our lips, our minds inspire,
And wing to Heav'n our thought!

There, with benign regard,
Our hymns He deigns to hear;
Though unrevealed to mortal sense,
Our spirits feel Him near.

God is our Strength and Song,
And His salvation ours;
Then be His love in Christ proclaimed
With all our ransomed powers.

Stand up and bless the LORD;
The LORD your God adore;
Stand up and bless His glorious Name;
Henceforth forevermore!

*For Today*: I Chronicles 23:30; Psalm 51:15; I Corinthians 15:58; Hebrews 12:28

Refuse to be intimidated by those who seem hostile or indifferent to our LORD. Speak His praise graciously, but BOLDLY!!


Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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