Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
|Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
|Praise God the Father who's the source;
Praise God the Son who is the course;
Praise God the Spirit who's the flow;
Praise God, our portion here below!
Formerly, God was outside of man and had nothing to do with man; there was a great distance between God and man. However, the Triune God desires to transmit Himself into us. In order for the Triune God to fulfill this desire, God the Father is the source, God the Son is the course, and God the Spirit is the flow (2 Cor. 13:14). This thought is expressed in the second stanza of a hymn in our hymnal: "Praise God the Father who's the source; / Praise God the Son who is the course; / Praise God the Spirit who's the flow; / Praise God, our portion here below!" (Hymns, #8). The Spirit is revealed as the flow of the Trinity in Revelation 22:1. This verse says that the river of water of life, a symbol of the Spirit, proceeds out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of the street (cf. John 7:37-39). This indicates that the Spirit as the river of water of life flows and that this river has not only a source from which it flows but also a course, a way in which the source flows. In Revelation 22:1 the Triune God, the Divine Being, is portrayed as living water in three aspects: the source, the course, and the flow. God the Father is the source of the river of water of life, God the Son is the course of this river, and God the Spirit is the flow of the river. In the New Jerusalem the river of water of life spirals down from the throne in the middle of the golden street to water the whole city. This is a picture of the transmission of the Triune God as living water into the believers. When the Spirit as the flow comes to reach us, the entire Triune God is transmitted into us.
Burna, KY, United States
In recent years since Covid, a sweet fellow church member suggested to the congregation that instead of humming the "happy birthday" tune while washing your hands, to sing or hum the first verse of the doxology. I must say, it has been a tremendous blessing for me since she suggested it! Thank you Lord for laying it on her heart to share with us!!! It has brought about more opportunities to commune with the Lord throughout my day.
Almont, Michigan, United States
I grew up in church singing this along with the congregation at the beginning of church service. Every so often it runs through my head.
Rochdale, MA, United States
I heard this song while listening to an old episode "Wagon Train". Beautiful. Decided to learn all of the words.
Johnston, IA, United States
I was inspired to look up the song today. Praise be to God our father.
This is the second time my spirit leads me to this ancient hymn. The totality of me and mine shall praise God here and in eternity in Jesus Name.
My soul magnifies the Lord with this hymn.
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
Great thanksgiving song. God is worhy of our prsise, from generation to generation.
Orlando, FL, United States
We sang this in a public elementary school in Fl in the 1950’s. It was sung everyday before lunch. It came to my mind this morning…after reading of Damar Hamlin’s recovery. PTL
It is a powerful thanksgiving song to God. I love it.
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
I woke up this morning praising God and this song of my childhood came to my mind... thank you for providing the words and accompaniment to vocalize my praise for our King!