"PRAISE THE SAVIOR, YE WHO KNOW HIM"
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Heb. 13:8)
INTRO.: A hymn which offers praise to Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and forever is "Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him." The text was written by Thomas Kelly (1769-1855). It was first published in his 1806 Psalms and Hymns Extracted from Various Authors, 2nd Ed., under the heading "Praise of Jesus." Other hymns by Kelly that have appeared in our books are "Crowned with Honor" ("The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns"), "Hark, Ten Thousand Harps and Voices," "Sound, Sound the Truth Abroad," "In Thy Name, O Lord, Assembling," and "Look, Ye Saints, the Sight Is Glorious." The tune (Acclaim) most commonly used with "Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him" is from an unknown source. The text appeared with another tune that was called a "Traditional German melody" in the 1873 Sacred Songs and Solos edited by Ira David Sankey (1840-1908). However, in the 1903 enlarged edition, it appeared with this melody which had no identification. However, as a result, through the years this tune has also become known as a "traditional German melody" and is so indicated in some books. Sankey may have either arranged or even composed it. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, the song appeared in the 1963 Christian Hymnal edited by J. Nelson Slater. Today, it may be found in the 1986 Great Songs Revised edited by Forrest M. McCann; and the 1992 Praise for the Lord edited by John P. Wiegand.
The song identifies several aspects of our lives that are related to praising the Lord.
I. Stanza 1 says that we must render to Him everything
"Praise the Savior, ye who know Him! Who can tell how much we owe Him?
Gladly let us render to Him All we are and have."
A. Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise because as our Savior He died for us: Rev. 5:8-12
B. We may not be able to tell exactly how much we owe Him, but we know that we owe Him our most precious item, our souls: Matt. 16:26
C. Therefore, we should gladly render to Him all we are and have, loving Him with all our heart, soul, and mind: Matt. 22:37
II. Stanza 2 says that we must be armed for conflict
"Jesus is the name that charms us; He for conflict fits and arms us.
Nothing moves and nothing harms us While we trust in Him."
A. Jesus is the name that charms us because only in it is salvation found: Acts 4:12
B. Thus, we should look to Him to fit and arm us for our spiritual conflict: 2 Cor. 10:3-5
C. Also, we should stand firm and allow nothing to move us, as was true of Paul: Acts 20:24
III. Stanza 3 says that we must trust Him
"Trust in Him, ye saints, forever; He is faithful, changing never;
Neither force nor guile can sever Those He loves from Him."
A. Over and over we are urged to put our trust in the Lord: Ps. 37:3-5
B. The reason that we can trust Him is because He is faithful: Rev. 1:5, 19:11
C. Hence, we can be assured that nothing can separate us from His love: Rom. 8:38-39
IV. Stanza 4 says that we must cleave to Him
"Keep us, Lord, O keep us cleaving To Thyself and still believing,
Till the hour of our receiving Promised joys with Thee."
A. To cleave to the Lord means to remain faithful to Him: Rev. 2:10
B. The means by which we do this is to keep believing: 1 Pet. 1:8
C. And we must continue doing this until the hour when we receive the promised joy of the Lord: Matt. 25:21
V. Stanza 5 says that we shall be rewarded for doing His will
"Then we shall be where we would be; Then we shall be what we should be.
Things that are not now, nor could be, Soon shall be our own."
A. When we receive this final reward, then we shall be where we would be, in heaven with God: 1 Pet. 1:3-5
B. Then we shall also be what we should be, like Him: 1 Jn. 3:1-2
C. Things that are not now, nor could be, shall be ours then because we will be in the new heavens and new earth: Rev. 21:1-4
CONCL.: This is a fairly short hymn which is probably not well known among us because it has been included in very few of our books. However, it makes some good points. It encourages us to give our all to the Lord, fight the good fight of the faith, trust in Him, cleave to Him, and keep looking for our eternal reward. Because Jesus came to make it possible for us to be saved and offers us help in doing all these things, we should surely want to encourage one another to "Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him."