A Prayer of Praise

In the Old Testament Deborah is the only woman who was given the title “prophet.” These words are the opening verses of this great woman’s extended song of praise for the mighty works God had performed on behalf of Israel and the victory He had granted the people over their enemies. Recognizing and glorifying God’s intervention and faithfulness are essential parts of a life dedicated to His service.

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WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS

Isaac Watts is considered the father of English hymnody. He was born in Southampton, England in 1674. He was a precocious child who learned to read almost as soon as he could speak and wrote verses while still a young boy. He was firmly attached to the principles of the Nonconformists, for which his father had suffered imprisonment, and was therefore compelled to decline the advantages of the great English universities, which at that time received only Church of England students.

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