Now Thank We All Our God (Nun Danket)
Martin Rinkart, Catherine Winkworth, Johann Crüger, Felix Mendelssohn
Eddie Lewis Trumpet
Good news, everyone! I finally learned how to post a blog that has a video AND post the Video on YouTube at the same time. So these hymn posts are no longer going to be a week behind my YouTube posts.
Now Thank We All Our God is, as it appears, a Thanksgiving hymn. And yes, that’s why I chose it for this week.
I have said already that I believe that Thanksgiving should not be only a holiday. Yes, I like that we have a holiday specifically set aside for being thankful to God for all of our best “gifts” (James 1:17). But Thanksgiving should be an attitude we have year round.
Being thankful is not just an arbitrary command. Science is only now getting caught up with what we as Christians have believed for centuries, that gratitude is good for the grateful. We benefit from being grateful. Which is sort of ironic because that means that gratitude is one of Gods good gifts that he gives us. Consider that one while we head into the Thanksgiving holiday.
Here’s the text for this week’s hymn:
- Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
- Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And guard us through all ills in this world, till the next!
- All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
The Son, and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven—
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.