Henry F. Lyte, 1793-1847

Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.
Psalm 103:22

The Christian that is joyless is a discredit to God and a disgrace to himself.
~Maltbie D. Babcock~

A life of praise and an inner joy and contentment are interwoven--they are complements of each other. Such a life is the result of being absorbed with God. For such an individual the pursuit of God's glory, the Lordship of Christ, and the worship and praise of our Creator-Redeemer become a natural way of living. To this person the blessings of God never become commonplace.

†3 †Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
†4 †Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
†5 †Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
†6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
†7 †He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
†8 †The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
†9 †He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 †He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Psalm 103:3-10

Although Henry Lyte, the author of this hymn text, experienced many difficulties in life, including a frail body, this hymn helps us realize that we as believers can rise above our problems and lift voices of praise in spite of any circumstances. The text is a summary of the psalmist's admonition in Psalm 103 to praise and to remember all of the good things about God. "Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven" first appeared in Lyte's collection of hymns based on the Psalms, published in 1834. Interestingly, the hymn has the distinction of being the requested processional for the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, exactly 100 years after author Henry Lyte's Home-going.

Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore His praises sing:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise Him for His grace and favor
To our fathers in distress.
Praise Him still the same as ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glorious in His faithfulness.

Fatherlike 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 yet His mercy flows.

Frail as summerís flow'r we flourish,
Blows the wind and it is gone;
But while mortals rise and perish
Our God lives unchanging on.
Praise Him, Praise Him, Hallelujah
Praise the High Eternal One!

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.

*For Today*: I Chronicles 29:10-13; Psalm 47:5 & 7, Psalm 103; I Timothy 1:17

Remember--A cheerful word of praise and encouragement will mean more to those with whom we live than acres of flowers we may give when they are gone.

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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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