In that moment, I was aware of Someone beyond my senses.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
The mismatched chorus of voices bellowed in eager unison. The smell of stale smoke hung faintly in the air.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
The angels hanging around the edges of the room were almost visible.
Praise Him above, you heavenly host.
Sunlight poured in through the stained glass cross at the front. illuminating the Bible on the wooden table below.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
The vibration of the organ ran through my entire body.
Why was the doxology written?
The song “Praise God” commonly called the doxology, is actually the refrain of a longer hymn written by Thomas Ken for the boys at the school where he was the chaplain in 1674. Ken wrote the song for the children to sing through out the day, as a way of disciplining themselves for continual worship. (For more of the story check out, Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan )
How to teach the doxology to children
I’m not aware of a church in our area that uses the Doxology regularly for children. Granted, I have a few more to visit, but in the mean time, I want my children to benefit from the heritage of hymns such as Praise God.
In order to help my children connect with the lyrics of this hymn, I developed a gross motor movement to be done with each line.
Resources for Praise God or the Doxology
Praise God lesson plan to have in front of you as you do your own presentation.
Print the lyrics and musical notation from Public Domain Hymns
The sunlight pours in through the large windows, the smell of pancakes still lingers. Outside a squirrel flits across the yard. Inside a child spins thoughtfully. “Praise Him all creatures here below.”
Amen. I agree.
More hymns for kids
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