MADE IN HIS IMAGE MINISTRIES, INC

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A holistic ministry ministering to individuals and the entire family through preaching, teaching, and spiritual discipline as taught through the word of God.

Meditations

Join us as we journey through the 2022 Lenten Season. Between March 2nd and April 17th, we will Fast and Pray every Wednesday. The fasting period will begin at 12 am and end at 6 pm. During this period we will collectively pray at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm using the morning conference line (518-351-9376). You may only consume water or 100% juice during this period. Note: If you take medication and require food, please eat a light meal if possible. We will not be fasting Thursdays through Tuesdays, but we will still collectively pray at 6 am. We encourage you to give up something as a sacrifice to God during this journey. Mediations will be posted daily to our website and FaceBook page. When you feel like giving up, think of Jesus' sacrifice for us, and let that be your motivation through this period.

“I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath” by Isaac Watts

by Dr. Zelda Robinson on April 6, 2022
Isaac Watts , the son of a schoolmaster and the author of several publications, including sermons, poems, and hymns, is the author of this hymn. Watts is said to have been exceptional as a child. He studied Latin at four and was writing verses at the age of seven. He is known for writing psalms and hymns. Watts is not the first person to write hymns, but he was the first English-language poet who produced a significant number of hymns. He composed his first hymn, “Behold the Glories of the Lamb,” at the age of twenty.

“I’ll Praise My Maker,” is taken from Psalm 146, “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”
John Wesley, a hymn writer and brother of Charles Wesley, added to Isaac Watts’ hymn by changing the wording of the first line, which originally read, “I’ll praise my Maker with my breath.” Some believed Watts’ original second stanza expressed a sense of human frailty,” a strong tenet of Calvinism, the belief in the “total depravity of man”:
Why should I make a man my trust? Princes must die and turn to dust;
Vain is the help of flesh and blood: Their breath departs, their pomp and power,
And thoughts all vanish in an hour, Nor can they make their promise good.

The hymn reminds us just how precious every breath we breathe in and out is. For as long as we live, we ought to praise God. Why? Because it is His breath in our lungs. As we pour out our praise on Him, we show how grateful we are for His precious gift of life. God is trustworthy, every breath we breathe is a gift God gives us without hesitation or skipping a beat.

We can rely on God. He keeps His promises.
I'll praise my Maker while I've breath; and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers. My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last, or immortality endures.

 
Happy are they whose hopes rely on Israel's God, who made the sky
and earth and seas, with all their train; whose truth forever stands secure,
who saves th'oppressed and feeds the poor, for none shall find God's promise vain.

 
I'll praise my God who lends me breath; and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers. My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last, or immortality endures.

Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150

He is worthy of all the praise!

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