I just read a very interesting article about Joachim Neander written by Tim Chaffey with Answers in Genesis.
The complete article can be read at, http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2011/09/21/praise-to-the-lord-the-almighty
Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! (Psalm 103:1)
Bitter irony. Those words come to my mind when I think of this hymn. Loosely based on Psalm 103 and Psalm 150, the song is a wonderful reminder to praise God for the tremendous blessings He gives us. So wheres the irony?
The hymn was written by a German poet named Joachim Neander. After teaching for a short time, Neander became somewhat of a hermit, and he spent much of his time in a cave near a river, which became known as the Neander River after his death. The rivers valley was called the Neander Valley. The German word for valley or dale is Tal (formerly Thal).
In the mid-nineteenth century, skeletal remains were found in a quarry in the Neander Valley. These bones have become famous and are named for the place where they were found, the Neanderthal. Although originally hailed by many evolutionary scientists as a missing link between humans and ape-like ancestors, Neanderthal man was fully human.
Ironically, instead of being remembered as the author of a beloved hymn about the the King of creation, Neanders name will continue to be linked with humanistic beliefs about the origin of man that deny the work of the Creator.
Perhaps now when you hear about Neanderthal man, you will remember to praise the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation for His marvelous provision and thank Him for faithful servants like Joachim Neander who penned these inspiring words.
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Join me in glad adoration.
Praise to the Lord, who oer all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires eer have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Praise to the Lord, who with marvelous wisdom hath made thee,
Decked thee with health, and with loving hand guided and stayed thee;
How oft in grief hath not He brought thee relief,
Spreading His wings for to shade thee!
Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
Let the Amen sound from His people again:
Gladly for aye we adore Him!
Furthermore, Consider the Rainbow and what it was intended to represent: no more will God judge the earth with a flood. Today however, that beautiful symbol of the Eternal, Omnipotent, Most Holy God has been robbed: homosexuality has claimed it as its own. Those who exchange the natural for the unnatural have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. True to their nature, liars steel, kill and destroy.
How fascinating to consider, what can people do who live outside of Truth? All they can do is lie. No thought or theory postulated by those who do not live in Truth can authoritative and substantiated nor can it be accurate and valid. The only achievement of those who dodge The Light is to seize Truth and twist it.
Now while I am neither a homosexual or an evolutionist I still have the same sin nature within. No, I will not exchange Truth in a morose and overt way and turn it into a lie such as the examples, but I might claim to be spiritual and pray when I have unresolved tension and fault before my children, or I might go to church and fellowship with known sin in my life. When I do that, I lie and the truth is not in me. To do so is to rob God of His glory. The very purpose for which we were created, we exchanged and stole for ourselves.
The answer? Walk in the Light, delight in the Light, worship the Light of the World: Jesus the Christ. Why walk in the Light? When we see what the unregenerate heart can scheme up, we can know our heart which is deceitful and desperately wicked will do the same for us save for the grace of God which is alive in us as we abide in Him and He in us.
Let us be those who so exalt the crucified, risen, ascended and interceding Son of God that our lives are absolutely conformed to His image. Let us give Satan tons of fodder to steal and exchange, so much that it becomes absolutely ridiculous and men may know, that He alone, whose name is the Lord, is the Most High over all the earth. Ps. 83:18
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