Father, to Thee a joyful song we raise

Father, to Thee a joyful song we raise
    With all Thine own;
And in Thy presence sound a note of praise
    To Thee alone;
Bro’t nigh, bro’t home to Thee—O wondrous grace,
That gives us now with Thine own Son our place.
How deep the holy joy that fills that scene,
    Where love is known!
Thy love, our God and Father, now is seen,
    In Him alone;
As, in the holy calm of Thine own rest,
He leads the praise of those Thy love has blessed.
He leads the praise! How precious to Thine ear
    The song He sings!
How precious, too, to Thee—how near, how dear
    Are those He brings
To share His place: ’twas thus that Thou didst plan;
Thou lovedst Him before the world began.

Tampa, FL, United States

We love you & thank you father God!!!

Melissa Gantz

Georgetown, TX, United States

We enjoy this song so much in Round Rock







Julia Doku

Southampton, United Kingdom


Anitha Nokku

Santa Ana, California, United States

What a joyous expression Medea: “The real worship that the Father wants today is His Son worshipping Him from within all the believers as the church. This is quite deep. ”

When we sing on the Lords day and in every gathering it’s actually Christ singing in us to the father.

Maisha Parkar

Round Rock, TX, United States

Thank you Ana for the historical account of this hymn. I appreciate knowing the origins of the hymns and life of their composers.

Ana Lara

Benjamin George Hardingham was born on December 25th, 1894 at Naveby, 10 miles south of Lincoln. In 1918, he married Evelyn Alice Barr. They had one daughter and two sons.

Benjamin came of Norfolk stock. His great grandfather who lived in Norwich, was involved in the linen industry and was among the few educated workers of that time. His grandmother had a large Victorian family and was known to be a strong minded woman. She founded a well known business in the area.

Mr. Hardingham received a degree from London University, taught geography and mathematics as well as authored at least 15 geography textbooks for schools.

His father left the Church of England to join with the Brethren as a young man in the1880’s. Benjamin himself came into fellowship with them at the age of 12 and continued in this path throughout his life.

In 1920, he composed this hymn which was published in the 1932 edition of “Hymns for the Little Flock” and later found its way to other hymn books.

He was editor and distributor of the monthly magazine “Help and Comfort” from 1962 to 1969 and compiler of the “Day Dawn Scripture Text Black Calendar”from 1962 to 1973 which was a favorite of the Brethren and many Christian homes.

Mr Hardingham was a schoolmaster and used his time to visit small gatherings in Scandinavia. He also had an oral ministry among the Brethren. Benjamin died November 1973 at Cheltenham.

Sister Sue



Lily H

Fullerton, California, United States

Father, to Thee a joyful song we raise

With all Thine own;


Tbilisi, Georgia

Hebrews 2:12 reveals a very particular worship to God. This is the worship to the Father by the Son, not only in the church but through the church and from within the church. He says, “I will declare Your name to My brothers. ” Then He changed brothers to a synonym, saying, “In the midst of the church I will sing hymns of praise to You. ” To sing praises to the Father is the worship to the Father, yet this is a very particular worship. This is the church, constituted with all the believers, worshipping God with Christ in them as the worshipping person. Have you ever heard that the believers constituting the church worship God with Christ in them as their worshipping person? The real worship that the Father wants today is His Son worshipping Him from within all the believers as the church. This is quite deep.

Third, we may classify the hymns by the sentiment expressed in the hymns. This is the deepest and most important matter in choosing a hymn. The sentiment of a hymn is the tender feeling of that hymn. The more tender a hymn is, the deeper is its sentiment. Two hymns may have the same subject and be under the same subdivision, but there may be a difference between them in sentiment. For example, Hymns, #39 and #52 are both hymns on the worship of the Father, but they have very different sentiments. Hymns, #39 is a good hymn that is full of excitement. Singing this hymn may make us want to shout. In contrast, Hymns, #52 is a very tender and fine hymn, perhaps the most tender and fine hymn in the section on the worship of the Father. If we study and pray over this hymn, we will sense how deep and tender its feeling is.

Part of the third stanza of Hymns, #52 says:

He leads the praise!

How precious to Thine ear

The song He sings!

This shows us that it is most pleasing to God for the firstborn Son to lead the many sons into the praise of God the Father...

2) "I [the resurrected Christ] will declare Your [the Father's] name to My brothers; in the midst of the church [the meeting with the disciples after resurrection] I will sing hymns of praise unto You" (Heb. 2:12).

Here is mentioned what the Lord did when He appeared to and met with His disciples after His resurrection, that is, He considered them as brothers and declared to them the Father's name. He also considered them as the church and sang hymns of praise to the Father among them. Although the Lord is the only begotten Son of God, through death and resurrection, He regenerated us who believed in Him (1 Pet. 1:3) that we might become the many sons of God. He then became the firstborn Son of God (Rom. 8:29), leading us, who are the many sons, with Him to the Father. After He was resurrected, He came among the disciples (John 20:19-29) and declared the Father's name to His brothers. Then in the status of the firstborn Son of God, He led His many brothers, who are God's many sons, to sing praises to the Father together, that is, to worship the Father together. According to this fact, after we have broken the bread in remembrance of the Lord, we should be led by the Lord to worship the Father. In this section of the meeting, we take the Father as the center, and, as depicted in Hymns, #52, all our singing of praises to the Father is the Lord in us leading us to sing praises to the Father.

After all of this, the Lord will lead us to worship the Father. This is based upon Matthew 26:30, which says that after the Lord finished His supper with His disciples, He and the disciples sang a hymn. That hymn was sung by the Lord with His disciples to the Father. In the Lord's table, the Lord takes the lead to praise the Father, to worship the Father. At the end of the Lord's table meeting, we need to worship the Father with the Lord. We must follow the firstborn Son to worship the Father as His brothers. The Lord as the firstborn Son takes the lead to worship the Father (Heb. 2:12), and we as His many brothers follow Him.

Hymn #52 (Hymns) is a very good hymn on the worship of the Father. Stanzas 2 and 3 say:


This hymn is simple and short, yet high in its thought and full of light. It would be good to ask the saints to read these stanzas so that they can be impressed with the significance of worshipping the Father.

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