Praise the King

Praise the King

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

Henry Lyte spent most of his adult life as a pastor, also authoring many poems and hymns. He was born in Scotland on this day in 1793, but the family later moved to Ireland, where he began writing poetry. His writings and ministry reflected truths he learned from these early years.

He expressed many of these insights in “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven,” a hymn inspired by Psalm 103. Here, Henry wanted to express his thanks that God, in His mercy, enables us to overcome our problems. If troubles come, we simply should keep our eyes on Jesus.

Henry wrote, “Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven, to his feet thy tribute bring.” We can “praise Him for His grace and favor.” He never changes and is “slow to chide, and swift to bless.”

Henry closed every stanza with an alleluia, urging us to “praise the everlasting King.” We praise Him because of His grace. We might be frail, but God endures and never changes. As David wrote, He remembers that we are just dust (v. 14). Yet He still loves us, forgives our sins, and accepts us.

Don’t allow problems to dominate you or foster an attitude of defeat. Remember that God is merciful. He loves you and has a plan for your life. Call on Him in any situation. You can trust Him. Give Him all the praise.