Saturday, 28 March 2015

The God Of Abraham Praise Hymn Story and Lyrics - Thomas Olivers, 1725-1799

The God Of Abraham Praise Hymn Story


THOMAS OLIVERS, when a boy orphaned and friendless, fell into the company of bad companions and won the reputation of being "the worst boy in that country in thirty years." As a man, he learned the trade of a shoemaker, but continued in his wicked ways, until at last the preaching of Whitefield got hold upon his soul, stirring him with a message from the text, "Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?" 

Olivers became converted and immediately set about helping the Wesley's in the work of plucking other brands from the fire. He assisted in setting up type for the Wesleyan publications, he became an efficient preacher and, as is evidenced by this wonderful hymn, a hymn-writer of a high order. 

One night in London, he was attracted to a service in a Jewish synagogue, where he heard a great singer, Leoni, sing an ancient Hebrew melody in the solemn, plaintive mode and he became impressed with a desire to write a hymn to that tune. The result was our hymn, "The God of Abraham praise," which is in a sense a paraphrase of the ancient Hebrew Yigdal, or doxology, though Olivers gave to it a distinctly Christian flavor. 

Thomas Olivers
The story is told of a young Jewess who had been baptized into the Christian faith, and in consequence, was abandoned by her family. She fled to the home of the minister, poured out her heart to him, and as if to show that, after all, her joy in her new-found Saviour was greater than all her loss of home and family, she sang, "The God of Abraham praise."

The God of Abraham Praise Lyrics

1 The God of Abraham praise
who reigns enthroned above;
the ancient of eternal days
and God of love!
The Lord, the great I AM,
by earth and heaven confessed
we bow before his holy name
for ever blessed.

2 To him we lift our voice
at whose supreme command
from death we rise to gain the joys
at his right hand:
we all on earth forsake
its wisdom, fame, and power;
the God of Israel we shall make
our shield and tower.

3 Though nature's strength decay,
and earth and hell withstand,
at his command we fight our way
to Canaan's land:
the water's deep we pass
with Jesus in our view,
and through the howling wilderness
our path pursue.

4 He by his name has sworn
on this we shall depend,
and as on eagles' wings up borne
to heaven ascend:
there we shall see his face,
his power we shall adore,
and sing the wonders of his grace
for evermore.

5 There rules the Lord our King,
the Lord our righteousness,
victorious over death and sin,
the Prince of peace:
on Zion's sacred height
his kingdom he maintains,
and glorious with his saints in light
for ever reigns.

6 Triumphant hosts on high
give thanks eternally
and 'Holy, holy, holy' cry,
'great Trinity!'
Hail Abraham's God and ours!
one mighty hymn we raise,
all power and majesty be yours
and endless praise!

The God Of Abraham Praise Youtube Video





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