All Praise to the LORD

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

Versifier: Helen Otte

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First Line: All praise to the LORD who prepares me to fight
Title: All Praise to the LORD
Versifier: Helen Otte (1985)
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications


A prayer for God to deliver his people from all foreign oppression. Scripture References: st. 1 = vv. 1-4 st. 2 = vv. 5-8 st. 3 = vv. 9-11 st. 4 = vv. 12-15 Psalm 144 appears to be a composite. Because verses 1 through 10 clearly echo Psalm 18 (see also 2 Sam. 22), it seems that a prayer of David has been augmented for post-exilic Israel. (Note also the similarities between v. 3 and Ps. 8:4 and between v. 4 and Ps. 39:5, 11.) In the first part (w. 1-10) the psalmist praises the LORD for sustaining him (st. 1), appeals to God to burst forth from heaven in earthshaking power to deliver him from the treachery of his enemies (st. 2), and vows to praise the LORD for giving the victory (st. 3). Adding to this prayer, post-exilic Israel includes a vision of the blessedness God's people will enjoy when the redemption of David's kingdom is complete (st. 4). Helen Otte (PHH 17) versified this psalm in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal. Liturgical Use: Easter; Ascension; whenever the church reflects on the final triumph of Christ's kingdom; whenever the church needs encouragement to persevere in the Christian pilgrimage. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook =========================== All praise to the Lord, Who rules with a word. C. Wesley. [Thanksgiving for deliverance from Shipwreck.] Appeared in his Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 378.) --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



ST. DENIO is based on "Can mlynedd i nawr" ("A Hundred Years from Now"), a traditional Welsh ballad popular in the early nineteenth century. It was first published as a hymn tune in John Roberts's Caniadau y Cyssegr (Hymns of the Sanctuary, 1839). The tune title refers to St. Denis, the patron saint…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #144
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