We Love to Sound Your Praises

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We love to sound your praises, To lift our hands above,
To sing how grace amazes, To celebrate your love.
Yet, God, your world is grieving; Is your heart breaking, too?
May we cry out, believing Laments can honor you.

Like Jeremiah, crying For cities that were lost,
We see the children dying Who know war’s awful cost.
Each day repeats the story; Sin takes its toll again.
How can we sing your glory When our hearts break with them?

The scope of sin is broader Than what the late news tells;
Rejecting living water, We dig our broken wells.
In gods of our own making We look for joy each day;
O God, is your heart breaking When we all turn away?

O God, you came to save us In Christ, your suffering Son.
In his death you forgave us; In his life, joy is won!
And when this world is suffering, When songs of grief abound,
May we work for your kingdom, Till alleluias sound!

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #9

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a hymn writer and Presbyterian pastor. Carolyn and her husband Bruce have been the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware since August 2004. Carolyn's hymns have been sung by congregations in every state of the USA and in several other countries; they have been on national PBS-TV three times and the BBC-TV in the United Kingdom. Noel Paul Stookey of "Peter, Paul and Mary" made a music video with Emmy winner Pete Staman of Carolyn's hymn, "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," which was written on September 11. Her hymns are found on the national websites of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR, the Presbyterian Church (USA), American Baptist Church… Go to person page >

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First Line: We love to sound yoiur praises To lift our hands above
Title: We Love to Sound Your Praises
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2007)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2007
Copyright: Copyright © 2007 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved



The tune HERZLICH TUT MICH VERLANGEN has been associated with Gerhardt's text ["O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden"] since they were first published together in 1656. The tune's first association with a sacred text was its attachment in 1913 [sic: should read 1613] to Christoph Knoll's funeral text "Herzl…

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