Composer: Henry Smith

Henry Smith must have seen life this way: God’s side of the equation outweighs whatever is on the opposite side. At least, that’s what the words he wrote indicate. God is the ‘all’ of existence, so that I am called to ‘give thanks’ six times in the song’s opening words. When I’m done here on planet Earth, all that will matter is what lies ahead – in God’s presence. That must have been alluring for Henry Smith, who was struggling to find steady work, despite having just earned his college degree. When he says ‘the poor’ are rich in “Give Thanks”, that’s an echo from his difficulty in finding work. His eyesight was also failing because of a degenerative condition that would eventually leave him legally blind, cer… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Henry Smith (1978)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 33212 75217 67537
Key: F Major
Copyright: © 1978, Integrity's Hosanna! Music


Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart,
give thanks to the Holy One;
give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ, his
Son. (Repeat)
And now let the weak say,“We are strong!”
Let the poor say,“We are rich
because of what the Lord has done for us!” (Repeat)
Give thanks.
Give thanks.

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