From the Te Deum, C. 4th Century,
Attributed to Ignace Franz, 1719-1790
English Translation by Clarence Walworth, 1820-1900

In God we boast all the day long,
and praise thy name for ever. Selah.
Psalm 44:8

Much of the origin of this noble expression of praise and worship is lost in obscurity. Through the centuries the "Te Deum" has been one of the supreme triumphal expressions of praise used by the Church.

The original setting of "Te Deum Laudamus" was likely composed by Bishop Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Italy, in A.D. 387, and an important leader in the development of early church music. Paraphrases of this fourth century "Te Deum" have been written in many languages, including this text in German, from which it was later translated into English by an American, Clarence A. Walworth. The hymn is still an important part of the morning service in Anglican churches, and it is sung frequently in all Protestant churches.

The fourth stanza is one of the strongest hymn affirmations of the doctrine of the Triune Godhead. The Trinity was an important controversy in the early church. Arius, c. A.D. 250-336, was a proponent of the doctrine of Arianism, which maintained that "if the Father was God, then the Son was a creature of the Father"--a middle Being between God and the world--a divine Being but not to be worshiped as God. At the Council of Alexandria (A.D. 321) and later at the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325), this teaching was thoroughly branded as heresy. However, this controversy on the person and deity of Christ has continued even to the present time in the teachings of various cults. There is also the false teaching that Mary is the mother of God. Although she was the mother of God incarnate--in human flesh--Jesus existed before His birth as God, including as Creator!

Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

Lo! the apostolic train
Join the sacred Name to hallow;
Prophets swell the loud refrain,
And the white-robed martyrs follow;
And from morn to set of sun,
Through the Church the song goes on.
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

*For Today*: Deuteronomy 32:3; I Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 107:8; Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 15:3

Take time to worship and praise the triune God.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

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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