Praise God from whom all blessings flow;becomes
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above the heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. A-men.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;I'm generally down with such conversions, although I think there is a danger in making something overly awkward to the point that I think, "eh, maybe we don't use than hymn". For me, this version of the Doxology walks pretty close to that line.
praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above the heavenly host;
Creator, Christ and Holy Ghost. A-men.
Aside from working to counter act the God is Man trend, we also generally work against the God is Warrior King imagery. Again, I generally support it, but last weekend I heard the Battle Hymn of the Republic on Prairie Home Companion. Man that is a great song. And written by a great lady, Julia Ward Howe. One of the great technical choices about Ray Charles' version of America the Beautiful is that he starts with an unfamiliar verse. Prairie Home Companion did a similar thing with the Battle Hymn. Consider this stanza:
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;Or what about this closing stanza:
"As ye deal with the least of these*, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on."
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,I find these lyrics stirring. I am convinced that seeing your cause as just and worthy of sacrifice is not troubling. When I reflect back on the fight for civil rights of racial minorities, and is there any doubt that it was a fight, I wonder if these songs feed the wrong wolf. I don't know.
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me;
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
(*I'm pretty sure this is how PHC translated contemners when I heard it on the radio, and I like it.)
Now, I'm posting this in the middle of a larger conversation within the Church. So, let me be clear that I think it is harmful to use exclusively male images of God. I also think there are churches that employ the Christian Soldiers motif in a dangerous way. I am not generally opposing either effort described above. Rather, it's like when you were a kid and taking a box of junk out of your room and you pick up your Boba Fett toy, look at your mom and say, "I want to keep this one, is that okay?"