This is an old Charles Wesley hymn I’ve grown to love as a part of our worship at College Street, and I want to recommend it if you aren’t currently using it. It’s a great hymn to kick off a worship service, and I love the way it summons every instrument, creature, and voice in all of heaven and earth to praise the Lord. It’s a great gathering hymn or call to worship and it doesn’t feel old–not that there’s anything wrong with that.
It is basically a paraphrase of Psalm 150, with elements of Matthew 6:9-10, Isaiah 66:1, James 1:17, and Acts 17:28 incorporated. Hope you grow to love it as much as I do!
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!