The Doxology: The Story of the Song of Praise
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
These words of The Doxology were based on Psalm 100. Commonly called the called “The Old 100th,” the tune was written in 1674 in England. The Pilgrims sung this song when they first sighted Cape Cod. After the treacherous journey over the sea, they praised God. They lived in the power of praise in the new land.
Remember ever; and always, that your country was founded…by the stern old Puritans who made the deck of the Mayflower an altar of the living God, and whose first act on touching the soil of the new world was to offer on bended knees thanksgiving to Almighty God.
~Henry Wilson (1812 – 1875), 18th Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant
The pilgrims sang the Doxology, thanking God for all He had done in their safe passage.
Even through trials they maintained faith in God offering praise and thanksgiving.
What a great lesson for us to remember! Reflect on this psalm of praise in our daily lives.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
May you be blessed in giving thanks for the large and small blessings in your life!