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In Timothy Shoup’s Praise and Honor: Hymn-Inspired Devotions, each hymn is introduced with a short reading. Each devotion then focuses on one stanza of the hymn, connects it to Scripture, and points to life application.

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When you leave church humming a hymn, you are humming a sermon.

That is what hymns are: sermons full of Christ. Stanza by stanza, hymns bring Christ to you. They supplement Scripture readings, support the sermon, comfort you, and join you with fellow worshipers. The purpose of hymns is to praise God by proclaiming the saving work of His Son.

The fourteen hymns in this volume mark milestones in the life of every Christian—Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, Christmas and Easter, for instance. Some may be familiar to you while others may be new, but all are packed with meaning. May they all further your appreciation for the rich hymnody of the Church and point you to the Lord of life.

Hymns Included

God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It (LSB 594)

Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus (LSB 685)

Jesus Has Come and Brings Pleasure Eternal (LSB 533)

Gracious Savior, Grant Your Blessing (LSB 860)

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me (LSB 761)

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (LSB 621)

O Christ, Who Shared Our Mortal Life (LSB 552)

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (LSB 357)

Where Shepherds Lately Knelt (LSB 369)

Give Ear, O Zion, to God’s Call (A Stephen Starke original)

Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted (LSB 451)

If Christ Had Not Been Raised from Death (LSB 486)

The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want (LSB 710)

We Praise You and Acknowledge You, O God (LSB 941)

About the Author


Rev. Timothy J. Shoup is administrative pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Bonduel, Wisconsin. He is passionate about good hymnody and the means thereby of proclaiming confessional, evangelical theology. He has been in parish ministry for thirty years.