โ€œ๐™ƒ๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™€๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ƒ๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™™๐™š๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ฎ, ๐™ง๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™‹๐™จ๐™–๐™ก๐™ข๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ, ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š, ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ง๐™™ ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ.โ€

 

Born in Hertfordshire, Thomas Ken, coined as โ€œEnglandโ€™s first hymnistโ€, was orphaned as a child and was raised by his half-sister Anna and her husband Izaak Walton. 

 

When Ken was fourteen years old, he entered Winchester College. While he was there, Ken wrote hymns including Morning Hymn, Evening Hymn, and Midnight Hymn, to encourage the devotional habits of his friends. Both the Morning Hymn and Evening Hymn end with the doxology that begins, โ€œPraise God from whom all blessings flow.โ€ He instructed them to sing the Morning and Evening Hymn in their chamber devoutly, remembering that the Psalmist, upon happy experience, assures that it is a good thing to tell of the loving kindness of the Lord early in the morning and of His truth in the night season.

 

Ken established an excellent reputation at Winchester, and was eventually appointed chaplain to King Charles II. When the king decided to visit Winchester, he sent word to Ken that Nell Gwynne, the kingโ€™s mistress, was to be lodged at Kenโ€™s house. Ken not only mounted loud objections, but also hired workmen to remove the roof to his house so that the king could not enforce Nellโ€™s lodgment there. In that time and place, an act of rebellion against the king could cost a person his head, but King Charles was impressed with Kenโ€™s courage. Not only did he allow Ken to live, but he even appointed him sometime later to be the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Years went by, Ken was one of seven bishops who refused to sign the next king, King James IIโ€™s Declaration of Indulgence, a decree designed to promote the kingโ€™s Catholic faith. For this act of rebellion, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London – but he was later tried and acquitted. 

 

Living the rest of his life at the home of his friend, Lord Weymouth, at Longleat, Wilshire, he died of natural causes in 1711. He was buried at sunrise, while the Doxology was sung at his funeral.

 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavโ€™nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen.

 

โ€œ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ, ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„โ€

James 1:17 says, โ€œEvery good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.โ€ God is worthy of our praise because He has created everything, and is the source of every blessing we have ever received, or will receive in the future.

 

โ€œ๐™‹๐™ง๐™–๐™ž๐™จ๐™š ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ข ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š๐™จ ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌโ€

The word โ€œcreatureโ€ simply means, โ€œthat which is createdโ€. Everything that God has created gives evidence that God is real, and gives Him glory. As the crowning achievement of Godโ€™s creation, it is our responsibility as people to lead the way in praising God.

 

โ€œ๐™‹๐™ง๐™–๐™ž๐™จ๐™š ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ข ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉโ€

In passages like Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4, we see that God is constantly worshiped by angels in heaven. Someday, believers from every tribe, nation, and language will join with the angels to worship Him forever. What a day that will be!

 

โ€œ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—š๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜โ€

God exists as a โ€œTrinityโ€. When we talk about God, we talk about three distinct โ€œPersonsโ€, united as one God. There is only one God, but He exists as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each has separate roles, but all are equally worthy of our praise because all are equally God.

 

โ€œ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ปโ€

This word means simply, โ€œI agree!โ€ When we agree with something true that has been said about God, we reply โ€œAmenโ€ to voice our affirmation. This is why you will often hear people say โ€œAmenโ€ during a really good sermon! We see this word a lot in the Bible, usually when God is being praised, because people who love God want everyone to know that we agree that He is worthy of our praise!

 

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