What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Secret Garden Chronicles--"Oh Praise Him, Alleluia!"

Today is the last day of Spring...although it has seemed like summer for a long time here in our part of the country! Thankfully we have been receiving plenty of rain lately to keep the flowers and trees growing.  I am sitting in the Secret Garden this morning, even though it is pretty warm and humid, there is an occasional breeze and it is very pleasant right now.

We read Psalm 146 in our devotions this morning, and here is a part of that beautiful Psalm:

Psalm 146:1-2
"Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God
while I have my being."

As I read these verses again in the Secret Garden, I just had to start singing!  The first song that came to my mind was "All Creatures of Our God and King".  As I sat there in the garden singing this wonderful old hymn, I could actually hear the birds gathering around in the treetops, listening and singing along.  I was surprised that this little Chickadee actually perched above me in the Magnolia tree for a while and sang his happy tune, and then moved over to the bird house, as if to inspect it for further possible use?  

And as I continued to sing praises to Our God and King, I could hear a Cardinal was singing his song from somewhere among the trees, so I got up and looked around until I found him...can you see him peeking out between the branches?

Here is what the birdies were listening to as I sang:  (although I was singing alone, without the accoustical accompaniment...only the music of the birds and wind rustling the leaves of the trees around me for my symphony)

All Creatures Of Our God And King (with lyrics) performed by Maranatha! Music.
Originally composed by St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

  • All creatures of our God and King,
    Lift up your voice and with us sing,
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
    Thou burning sun with golden beam,
    Thou silver moon with softer gleam!
    • Refrain:
      O praise Him! O praise Him!
      Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

    1. Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
      Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,
      O praise Him! Alleluia!
      Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
      Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

    2. And all ye men of tender heart,
      Forgiving others, take your part,
      O praise Him! Alleluia!
      Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
      Praise God and on Him cast your care!

    3. Let all things their Creator bless,
      And worship Him in humbleness,
      O praise Him! Alleluia!
      Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
      And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

    4. My hymnbook includes as the last verse the words to 
    5. "The Doxology", sung to the same tune as above:

    6. "Praise God from Whom all blessings flow,
      Praise Him all creatures here below,
      Alleluia! Alleluia!
      Praise Him above, ye heavenly host,
      Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
      Alleluia, Alleluia,
      Alleluia! Alleluia!

    7. I hope that you will find some time to sing praises to Our God and King today! I cannot begin to tell you how this little praise time has lifted my spirits. I kind of had a little setback physically over the weekend, and just wasn't feeling up to par for the past several days.  But this morning it seemed that the Lord was telling me to get outside to the Secret Garden and just praise Him! And I did, and I have to say that I feel much better now!!!
    8. Oh praise Him!
    9. Alleluia!
    10. Alleluia!
    11. Alleluia!!

    For another similar post of praise to our God and Father, Click HERE


    1. Hi Pamela, I remember singing that hymn while growing up in the Methodist church. Your secret garden sounds so serene. I live in the city so I do love to see pretty wooded areas when I visit other blogs. I think you shared a picture of a portulaca plant? We got some to plant when our landscape is done. I am still blogging and just changed my theme over to Patriotic. We will be at 102 today! Hope you can come visit. www.garden4mylord.com Have a great day!

      1. Hi Susan, it is so good to hear from you. I'm glad you enjoyed visiting in the Secret Garden today! Yes, that is a wild portulaca that grows all over our yard when we get plenty of rain. Sadly, when we mow the grass it gets cut off, but will come back again. 102 degrees today? Oh my! You need to come to Florida! We rarely ever get over 100! I will check out your blog soon. Have a blessed and wonderful day.

    2. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!
      What more can I say.
      "This is my Father's world" is the song that comes to my mind most often outdoors.

      1. Oh yes, I love "This Is My Father's World" also. I probably could have posted that for Father's Day this past week...didn't think of it! We are truly blessed to have all of His creation to enjoy. Thank you for stopping by for a visit today!

    3. Beautiful! We sing that song in Bible Study Fellowship. Such a great praise song and Psalm 146 a great hymn of praise. I'm sorry to read you had a setback, but glad your spirits were lifted today in praise.

      1. I am doing some better...just trying to heal and sometimes I overdo it...and then I have to rest up again...and that does get discouraging. I just want to be able to get out and do everything...but I must be patient. Thank you for visiting today. It's always wonderful to "see" you!!

    4. Pam, thank you for this sweet, heart-felt, touching post. I simply love how all creation sings praises to its Creator. We humans likely don't do it often enough. I'm familiar with the hymn you were singing--I recall singing it in worship as well as at home.


      1. Thank you, Kim! I'm so glad you stopped by to visit here today. It is good to sing praises to our God...He has made everything beautiful for us to enjoy! We are truly blessed.

    5. Beautiful pictures and the garden is so relaxing looking. When our hearts are full we cannot help but break out in a song to our Lord even if we don't sing well. It is the one thing we notice that happens in a remote village when the people get saved. They start immediately making up songs to show their love for Him. Love your post.


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