“The God of Abraham Praise” was written by Thomas Olivers around 1770. The hymn is Yigdal (Leoni) an old Hebrew melody, and the lyrics based on the 13 creeds of Moses Maimonides (1130-1204).
The story is told of a young Jewish woman who had been baptized into the Christian faith, and in consequence was abandoned by her family. She fled to the home of the minister, poured out her heart to him, and as if to show that, after all, her joy in her new-found Savior was greater than all her loss of home and family, she sang, The God of Abraham Praise.1
The God of Abraham Praise was written by Thomas Olivers around 1770. The hymn is Yigdal (Leoni) an old Hebrew melody, and the lyrics based on the 13 creeds of Moses Maimonides (1130-1204). It first appeared in The Gospel Magazine, April 1775.2
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Lyrics - “The God of Abraham Praise - Thomas Olivers - Hebrew Melody Yigdal
1. The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above; Ancient of everlasting days, and God of Love; Jehovah, great I AM! by earth and Heav'n confessed; I bow and bless the sacred Name forever blessed. 2. The God of Abraham praise, at Whose supreme command From earth I rise—and seek the joys at His right hand; I all on earth forsake, its wisdom, fame, and power; And Him my only Portion make, my Shield and Tower. 3. The God of Abraham praise, whose all sufficient grace Shall guide me all my happy days, in all my ways. He calls a worm His friend, He calls Himself my God! And He shall save me to the end, thro' Jesus' blood. 4. He by Himself has sworn; I on His oath depend, I shall, on eagle wings upborne, to Heav'n ascend. I shall behold His face; I shall His power adore, And sing the wonders of His grace forevermore. 5. Tho' nature's strength decay, and earth and hell withstand, To Canaan's bounds I urge my way, at His command. The wat'ry deep I pass, with Jesus in my view; And thro' the howling wilderness my way pursue. 6. The goodly land I see, with peace and plenty bless'd; A land of sacred liberty, and endless rest. There milk and honey flow, and oil and wine abound, And trees of life forever grow with mercy crowned. 7. There dwells the Lord our King, the Lord our righteousness, Triumphant o'er the world and sin, the Prince of peace; On Sion's sacred height His kingdom still maintains, And glorious with His saints in light forever reigns. 8. He keeps His own secure, He guards them by His side, Arrays in garments, white and pure, His spotless bride: With streams of sacred bliss, with groves of living joys— With all the fruits of Paradise, He still supplies. 9. Before the great Three-One they all exulting stand; And tell the wonders He hath done, through all their land: The list'ning spheres attend, and swell the growing fame; And sing, in songs which never end, the wondrous Name. 10. The God Who reigns on high the great archangels sing, And "Holy, holy, holy!" cry, "Almighty King! Who was, and is, the same, and evermore shall be: Jehovah—Father—great I AM, we worship Thee!" 11. Before the Savior's face the ransomed nations bow; O'erwhelmed at His almighty grace, forever new: He shows His prints of love—they kindle to a flame! And sound thro' all the worlds above the slaughtered Lamb. 12. The whole triumphant host give thanks to God on high; "Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," they ever cry. Hail, Abraham's God, and mine! (I join the heav'nly lays,) All might and majesty are Thine, and endless praise.