Saturday, October 31, 2009

TSMSS - A Blast from the Past!

Thirty years ago (yikes!) I graduated from high school. Contemporary Christian music was still relatively new, but there were some incredible songs and musicians in those early days. During that time, Russ Taff was the lead singer with The Imperials and they were fantastic. One of my all-time favorites was Praise the Lord. I still love it - such great truth in the words, and the conviction and passion as Russ sings it touches me. A song is great when sung by a 25-year-old, but when he's 50 and has been through some of life's trials, it takes on even more depth.

But I can't resist also posting the original from way back in 1979 - it has such a great piano accompaniment with it! Those first notes of the intro always just grab me!

Praise The Lord (Album) - The Imperials


When you're up against a struggle
That shatters all your dreams
And your hopes have been cruelly crushed
By Satan's manifested scheme
And you feel the urge within you
To submit to earthly fears
Don't let the faith your standing in
Seem to disappear

Praise the Lord
He can work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord
For our God inhabits praise
Praise the Lord
For the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you
That they drop powerless behind you
When you praise Him

Now Satan is a liar
And he wants to make us think
That we are paupers
When he knows himself
We're children of the King
So lift up the mighty shield of faith
For the battle must be won
We know that Jesus Christ is risen
So the work's already done

WRITTEN BY: Brown Bannister & Mike Hudson

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Mary said...

Linda, what a beautiful song...I always enjoy Russ...he sings from the depths of his heart and soul,just as he did with this song. We all have our favorites, and he's sure one of mine!

God bless,

Hazel said...

I had to listen to the original version because the youtube vid got an error and wouldn't play (I'll get back to it later), and I enjoyed it! I'm a sucker for old faves anyway. Nice pick.

quilly said...

Great music, uplifting words and a wonderful voice. Thanks for revisiting this song. I hadn't heard it in ages.

Debbie Petras said...

It's been some time since I listened to this song. But it is so wonderful and the words are so true. I couldn't sleep so I thought I'd blog hop a bit and I'm so glad I could sing along. Praising the Lord calms my soul. And yes, God inhabits the praise of His people. I think I'll be able to go back to sleep soon. Thank you Linda.


annies home said...

it had been a while since I had heard this song it is one of my all time favorites thank you for sharing

Heidi said...

Oh yeah, I remember this one. Good one.

Praise the Lord!

Cathy said...

It's been a long time since I heard that song, but it is gorgeous and oh so true!!!

Janean said...

thank you. thank you. thank you for putting this song up. i'd forgotten it...still gives me chills and makes me weep with praise!

Julie Stiles Mills said...

I remember this song. I listened to The Imperials a LOT back then. On cassette, of course.

Love it. Thanks so much for reminding me.

Cathy said...

That was wonderful, Linda! Russ has a great voice, and I did not realize he is that old. Thanks so much for sharing it today. Praise the Lord!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

This is a beautiful song. I love these lyrics.

Karen said...

I have always loved this song...especially the last verse...Russ Taff is so talented...I sang to my first born to get him to sleep at night with some of the old Imperial's songs....

Cindy said...

Thanks for sharing this!

His Unfailing Love said...

I love this song too. Thanks for sharing and visiting...Blessings!

Anonymous said...

He's totally THAT old! (Tonight is our 33rd wedding anniversary. Seriously.)
And I still love that song, too...

pinkyshelo said...

that was truly nice.. What a great blast from the past.. The song is nice and the message is great..