The Christian Connection
“Praise Him, Praise Him”
By Myra F. Smith
Bible Verse: I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” (Psalm 146:2)
Chances are, if you were asked to name a Thanksgiving hymn, this would not be on the list. However, when Fanny Crosby wrote this song, her original title was, “Praise, Give Thanks.”
Fanny Crosby, the most gifted and prolific of all our hymn writers, wrote between 8,00 and 9,000 hymns, all penned in total darkness. At the age of eight, the family physician was called to her home for an inflammation of her eye. The Dr. was out, so a stranger came and applied hot poultices to her eyes, resulting in total blindness for this young girl. The stranger left town, never to be heard from again. Instead of seeing this bizarre incident as a curse, Fanny considered it a blessing from God, and believed she would never have written hymns if she had been sighted.
Fanny Crosby taught at the New York school for the blind for eleven years, after attending there for seven. She was the first woman to appear before the U.S. Senate, accompanied by other blind people who petitioned for proper training and education for people with no sight. At the age of sixty, she began work as a home missionary, working in the Bowery District of New York City, a most depressing place. It was here she wrote, “Rescue the Perishing.” She was a champion for women’s rights, equality, and justice long before it became popular.
This Thanksgiving, keep the words of this great hymn in your heart. Here are just a few phrases from this inspiring hymn:
Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Sing, O earth, His wonderful love proclaim!”
“Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children. In His arms He carries them all day long.”
“Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness; Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!”
Praise Him this Thanksgiving. Be thankful for His bountiful provision, saving grace, and everlasting love. Fanny Crosby took a horrible handicap and turned it into a blessing for generations of believers. And today, because of her faith, we can continually sing His praise…ever in joyful song.