Some of you who are old enough may remember a song from Glad
titled Variations on a Hymn
(or That Hymn Thing
). It traced the possible
progression of music for the hymn We Praise Thee, O God, Our Reedemer, Creator
. Whether or not you agree with the view of development of Christian hymnody that Glad put forth in this song, I like the variations, especially the final "Glad" version. But the original tune is good as well.We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer, Creator
1 We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator,
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring;
We lay it before Thee,
We kneel and adore Thee,
We bless Thy holy Name, glad praises we sing.
2 We worship Thee, God of our fathers, we bless Thee;
Thro’ life’s storm and tempest our Guide Thou hast been;
When perils o’ertake us,
Escape Thou wilt make us,
And with Thy help, O Lord, our battles we win.
3 With voices united our praises we offer,
To Thee, great Jehovah, glad anthems we raise;
Thy strong arm will guide us,
Our God is beside us,
To Thee, our great Redeemer, forever be praise.
Eckert, P. (1998). Steve Green's MIDI hymnal : A complete toolkit for personal devotions and corporate worship. (Electronic ed.). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Cyberhymnal also includes the following verse for use at Christmas:
Thy love Thou didst show us, Thine only Son sending,
Who came as a Babe and Whose bed was a stall,
His blest life He gave us and then died to save us;
We praise Thee, O Lord, for Thy gift to us all.