Today’s Worship Daily–November 15th, 2012

Greeting Saints!

Today’s Bible Reading & Verse

Ezekiel 36-37 and Titus 3

But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. – Titus 3:9


Doctrinal rightness and rightness of ecclesiastical position are important, but only as a starting point to go on into a living relationship – and not as ends in themselves. Francis Schaeffer

Today’s Song Story

Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above

Martin Luther led the Protestant Reformation in Germany, beginning with the posting of his 95 Theses in 1517. By the time of his death in 1546, the Lutheran Church in Germany was strong –– strong and zealous. However, as so often happens, that zeal cooled considerably over the next century. By the mid-1600s, the Lutheran Church in Germany was still quite correct doctrinally but cool with regard to zeal.

Philip Spener became the pastor of a Lutheran congregation in Frankfurt am Main in the mid-1600s, and effected a revival by fervent preaching that emphasized repentance, personal piety, and discipleship. He encouraged prayer and Bible study as a means to personal spiritual growth. He spelled out his five guiding principles in a document entitled Pia Desideria (Pious Desires). These included:

• The increased use of scripture

• Lay participation in small groups, emphasizing prayer and Bible study

• A balance of faith and actions

• An emphasis on a pious clergy

• Sermons that encourage an active faith

Not only did the church that Spener was serving in Frankfurt prosper, but a pietistic movement swept across Germany through his influence.

An enthusiastic member of Spener’s congregation was a young attorney, Johann Jakob Schutz, who not only encouraged Spener’s work but also wrote hymns. He wrote “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” in 1675, and published it in a collection of hymns that same year.

The hymn is usually sung to the tune, “Mit Freuden Zart” (“With great delight!”) –– the perfect name for this joyful hymn.

Note the third verse, which emphasizes the presence of the Lord –– a typical pietistic emphasis:

“The Lord is never far away,

But thru all grief distressing

An ever-present help and stay,

Our peace and joy and blessing.”

Schutz died in 1690 at the age of 50. This hymn is his most enduring legacy. An Oxford scholar, Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812-1897), translated this and many other German hymns into English. It was first published in English in 1841 in a collection entitled, “Sacred Hymns from the German.”

Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan

1.	Sing praise to God who reigns above, 
	the God of all creation, 
	the God of power, the God of love, 
	the God of our salvation.  
	With healing balm my soul is filled 
	and every faithless murmur stilled:  
	To God all praise and glory.

2.	The Lord is never far away, 
	but through all grief distressing, 
	an ever present help and stay, 
	our peace and joy and blessing.  
	As with a mother's tender hand, 
	God gently leads the chosen band:  
	To God all praise and glory.

3.	Thus all my toilsome way along, 
	I sing aloud thy praises, 
	that earth may hear the grateful song 
	my voice unwearied raises.  
	Be joyful in the Lord, my heart, 
	both soul and body bear your part:  
	To God all praise and glory.

4.	Let all who name Christ's holy name 
	give God all praise and glory; 
	let all who own his power proclaim 
	aloud the wondrous story!  
	Cast each false idol from its throne, 
	for Christ is Lord, and Christ alone:  
	To God all praise and glory.

Today’s Worship Songs


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Shout For Joy – Paul Baloche

Break Open the Sky – Toby Mac & Israel Houghton

I Belong to You – Emerging Voices

Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture

Take it All – Third Day

When Love Sees You – Mac Powell

How He Loves – Crowder

Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Servant’s House, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Come visit our Facebook page –!/pages/Montreal-QC/The-Servants-House-Church/304924542965?ref=ts

For information concerning our place and time of our Sunday worship call us at 514-451-4385 or 514-595-6098.

May Christ richly bless you!
Gerry Desjardins
Worship Pastor
The Servant’s House
175 McVey
LaSalle, Quebec, Canada

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