Praise God the Lord, Ye Sons of Men (Nativity)
Nikolaus Hermann, August Crull, Henry Lahee
Eddie Lewis Trumpet
This is the first of our Christmas hymns this year. I consider this hymn to be a beautiful find. It is not one of the standard Christmas carols, but it should be. It has a wonderful melody and basically tells the entire Christmas story in eight verses.
Here’s the full text of the hymn:
- Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men,
Before His highest throne;
Today He opens Heav’n again
And gives us His own Son.
- He leaves His heav’nly Father’s throne,
Is born an infant small,
And in a manger, poor and lone,
Lies in a humble stall.
- He veils in flesh His pow’r divine
A servant’s form to take;
In want and lowliness must pine
Who heav’n and earth did make.
- He nestles at His mother’s breast,
Receives her tender care,
Whom angels hail with joy most blest,
King David’s royal Heir.
- ’Tis He who in these latter days
From Judah’s tribe should come,
By whom the Father would upraise
The Church, His Christendom.
- A wondrous change which He does make!
He takes our flesh and blood,
And He conceals for sinners’ sake
His majesty of God.
- He serves that I a lord may be—
A great exchange indeed!
Could Jesus’ love do more for me
To help me in my need?
- For us He opens wide the door
Of paradise today;
The angel guards the gate no more;
To God our thanks we pay.