Tuesday Hymns: “All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above”

Johann Jacob Schutz was a licentiate in civil and common law in Frankfurt during the seventeenth century and is the author of our Tuesday Hymn for this week, All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above. It is a hymn about the sovereignty of God in creation, providence, and redemption, and about God’s shepherding care of His flock. The last verse reminds us that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose,” when it proclaims, “Though great distress my soul befell, the Lord, my God, did all things well. To God all praise and glory!” We at RPC usually sing it to the tune, MIT FREUDEN ZART.

All praise to God, who reigns above, the God of all creation, the God of wonders, pow’r, and love, the God of our salvation! With healing balm my soul He fills, the God who every sorrow stills. To God all praise and glory!

What God’s almighty pow’r hath made His gracious mercy keepeth; by morning dawn or evening shade His watchful eye ne’er sleepeth; within the kingdom of His might, lo, all is just and all is right. To God all praise and glory!

I cried to Him in time of need: Lord God, O hear my calling! For death He gave me life indeed and kept my feet from falling. For this my thanks shall endless be; O thank Him, thank our God with me. To God all praise and glory!

The Lord forsaketh not His flock, His chosen generation; He is their refuge and their rock, their peace and their salvation. As with a mother’s tender hand He leads His own, His chosen band. To God all praise and glory!

Ye who confess Christ’s holy name, to God give praise and glory! Ye who the Father’s pow’r proclaim, to God give praise and glory! All idols underfoot be trod, the Lord is God! The Lord is God! To God all praise and glory!

Then come before His presence now and banish fear and sadness; to your Redeemer pay your vow and sing with joy and gladness: Though great distress my soul befell, the Lord, my God, did all things well. To God all praise and glory!