Thomas Olivers, 1725-1799
Based on the Yigdal of Daniel ben Judah, 14th Century

Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
Psalm 22:23

The story of God's dealing with Israel is an incredible one: the sovereign God preserving and directing throughout history the affairs of His chosen people. Beginning with Abraham, "the father of many nations", the Jewish people have been persecuted frequently, yet never destroyed. Through them we have received the Ten Commandments and the rest of the law, and eventually our Messiah Redeemer. "Salvation is of the Jews" John 4:22.

Thomas Olivers, author of "The God of Abraham Praise", was one of John Wesley's 18th Century evangelists. He traveled extensively throughout England and Ireland, fearlessly preaching the gospel but often encountering violent opposition. Olivers states that he wrote this hymn after listening to the preaching of a Jewish rabbi at the Duke's Place Synagogue in Oldgate, London. There he also heard Meyer Lyon (Leoni), a well-known Jewish cantor, sing the Doxology of Yigdal from Hebrew liturgy. Composed around 1400, the Yigdal was based upon the 13 articles of Jewish faith. Olivers was so impressed by the service and especially the music that he began writing this text to fit the meter of the tune he had heard. The name of the melody used, "Leoni", was in honor of Cantor Meyer Lyon.

The God of Abraham is still our God today, and He is worthy of our praises to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost--both now and through eternity!

The God of Abraham praise, Who reigns enthroned above;
Ancient of everlasting days, and God of Love;
Jehovah, great I AM! by Earth and Heav’n confessed;
I bow and bless the sacred Name forever blessed.

The God of Abraham praise, at Whose supreme command
From earth I rise and seek the joys at His right hand;
I all on Earth forsake, its wisdom, fame, and power;
And Him my only portion make, my shield and tower.

The God of Abraham praise, Whose all sufficient grace
Shall guide me all my happy days, in all my ways.
He calls a worm His friend, He calls Himself my God!
And He shall save me to the end, thro’ Jesus’ blood.

He by Himself has sworn; I on His oath depend,
I shall, on eagle wings upborne, to Heav’n ascend.
I shall behold His face; I shall His pow'r adore,
And sing the wonders of His grace forevermore.

Tho’ nature’s strength decay, and Earth and Hell withstand,
To Canaan’s bounds I urge my way, at His command.
The wat’ry deep I pass with Jesus in my view;
And thro’ the howling wilderness my way pursue.

The goodly land I see with peace and plenty bless’d;
A land of sacred liberty and endless rest.
There milk and honey flow and oil and grape abound,
And trees of life forever grow with mercy crown’d.

There dwells the Lord our King, the Lord our righteousness,
Triumphant o’er the world and sin, the Prince of peace;
On Sion’s sacred height His kingdom still maintains,
And glorious with His saints in light forever reigns.

He keeps His own secure, He guards them by His side,
Arrays in garments, white and pure, His spotless bride:
With streams of sacred bliss, with groves of living joys—
With all the fruits of Paradise, He still supplies.

Before the great Three-One they all, exulting, stand;
And tell the wonders He hath done through all their land:
The list’ning spheres attend, and swell the growing fame,
And sing in songs which never end the wond’rous Name.

The God Who reigns on High the great archangels sing,
And “Holy, holy, holy!” cry, “Almighty King!
Who was, and is, the same, and evermore shall be:
Jehovah—Father—great I AM, we worship Thee!”

Before the Savior’s face the ransom’d nations bow;
O’erwhelm’d at His almighty grace, forever new:
He shows His prints of love—they kindle to a flame!
And sound thro’ all the worlds above the slaughtered Lamb.

The whole triumphant host give thanks to God on high;
“Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,” they ever cry.
Hail, Abraham’s God, and mine! (I join the heav’nly lays,)
All might and majesty are Thine, and endless praise!

*For Today*: Exodus 3:14, 15:1-19; Lamentations 5:19; Hebrews 13:8

Ask God to give you opportunity to witness to a Jewish person and graciously tell him that Jesus Christ, his long-awaited Messiah, has come and desires to be his personal Redeemer-Lord. Praise the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as you go....

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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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