~* LET US WITH A GLADSOME MIND *~
John Milton, 1608-1674

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 136:1

A gladsome, joyous mind is the product of a grateful, praising heart. Gratefulness is the opposite of selfishness. The selfish person is boastful of his accomplishments. The grateful Christian, however, realizes that all achievements and blessings come only from God's bountiful hand. This realization results in a life of praise.

Far too often our prayer life consists only of a series of personal requests. God wants our requests to be made known unto Him, but He also desires to hear our praise for His eternal kindness and love in response to our daily needs...our acknowledging that He is the one Who hears and answers our prayers.

This hymn text of praise was written by John Milton in 1621 when he was only 15 years old. It was based on Psalm 136, a psalm that refrains each of its 26 verses with the reminder that God's love, mercy, and kindness endure forever. This hymn is one of 19 poetic versions of various psalms written by Milton. Today John Milton is best remembered as the brilliant English poet who wrote the classic masterpieces Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. He is also credited with having much influence on the later hymn writings of Isaac Watts ("the father of English hymnody") and Charles Wesley (author of 6,500 hymn texts).



Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind.
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us blaze His Name abroad,
For of gods He is the God.
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

He with all commanding might
Filled the new made world with light.
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

He hath, with a piteous eye,
Looked upon our misery.
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

He the golden tressèd sun
Caused all day his course to run.
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Th’horned moon to shine by night;
’Mid her spangled sisters bright.
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

All things living He doth feed,
His full hand supplies their need.
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind.
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.



*For Today*: Psalm 63:1-5, 103:2, 136, 145:9; James 1:17

It is always inspiring to read about the work of God in the life of a Bible character or some great leader in history. It is even more profitable for us to recount the mercies of God in our own past life and to offer Him praise for His eternal love. Why not do so with this little hymn?

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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