Praise Him! Jesus, Blessed Savior

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

Like many of the psalms that inspired this text, this song is about praising God – all the time – simply because God is worthy of praise.

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Sometimes the soul of the Christian needs to cry out exuberantly with joy, thanks, and adoration, even without identifying the reasons for such praise and adoration. Moreover, Christians who gather corporately find it fitting to do so as the grateful body of Christ. The Confessions of the church recognize this natural expression. Belgic Confession, Article 1 sees God as the “overflowing source of all good,” and such a realization deserves an “Alleluia!” Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2 is a reminder that living in the joy of our comfort involves a spirit of thanks for his deliverance. In the same spirit, Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 2 exclaims, “God is King: Let the earth be glad! Christ is victor: his rule has begun! The Spirit is at work: creation is renewed!” and then as a natural response cries: “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”


Praise Him! Jesus, Blessed Savior

Tune Information

F Major

Musical Suggestion

This gospel song is full of ebullient joy. A heavily swaying blues piano accompaniment, backed by a broad vibrato organ, is exactly what this piece calls for. Add a drum set and a strong bass to emphasize that line. For just the right feel, make sure the attacks are crisp, building each note into the cut-off. The triple time is new for many, but easy to catch once it’s heard. Can be sung at a moderate tempo or even slower, thus making room for instrumental and vocal improvisation. 

Praise Him! Jesus, Blessed Savior

Author and Composer Information

Donnie Harper is revered as a gospel pioneer namely for one of his principal ground breaking efforts when he performed with the Rock Group Foreigner on their top 10 hit "I Want To Know What Love Is" in 1984. This was the first time that a Gospel Choir teamed up with a Rock Group in the secular market. This collaboration sparked a trend which continues to this very day where gospel and secular groups partner for the purpose of relaying a united message. Donnie Harper is also credited as the first Gospel group to ever appear on “Saturday Night Live” (NBC Telecast) when his group “Voices of Tomorrow” performed in the late 1970’s.
He founded the New Jersey Mass Choir in 1983. Since its inception Donnie Harper and the New Jersey Mass Choir have traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad. From the Marathon Theater in London to sold out concerts in Nassau, this stellar award winning and Grammy nominated group has performed with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Stevie Wonder, and George Michaels. They also teamed up with Garth Brooks for one of his many Grammy performances and Quincy Jones for his "Salute to Grammy Legends. In January 2006 he performed to sold out audiences at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. 
— Laura de Jong

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