Every Praise” is a popular gospel song by American singer and pastor Hezekiah Walker. It was released in 2013 as the lead single from his album “Azusa: The Next Generation”. The song was written by Walker and David Bratton, and produced by Donald Lawrence.
Background and Inspiration
The song was inspired by Walker’s experience of attending a revival meeting in Los Angeles, California, where he witnessed people from different backgrounds, cultures and denominations praising God together. He said:
“I saw something that I had never seen before. I saw thousands of people from all over the world, different colors, different languages, all in one place, praising God. And I said to myself, ‘This is what heaven is going to look like.’ And I wanted to write a song that captured that moment.”1
Walker also wanted to write a song that would encourage people to praise God in every situation, regardless of their circumstances. He said:
“Every praise means everything that has breath should praise the Lord. No matter what you’re going through, no matter what it looks like, no matter what it feels like, you still have a reason to praise God.”2
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Lyrics and Meaning
The lyrics of “Every Praise” are simple but powerful. They express the singer’s devotion and gratitude to God for being his Savior, Healer and Deliverer. The chorus repeats the phrase “Every praise is to our God”, emphasizing that God deserves all the glory and honor for who he is and what he has done. The bridge declares “Yes He is, yes He is”, affirming God’s presence and power in the singer’s life.
The song also invites the listeners to join in the praise, using the words “with one accord” and “sing hallelujah”. The song creates a sense of unity and joy among the worshippers, as they lift up their voices to God.
Reception and Impact
“Every Praise” was a huge success in the gospel music industry. It topped the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart for 26 weeks, becoming the longest-running number one gospel song in history.3 It also reached number one on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart and number 60 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The song received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, who praised its uplifting message, catchy melody and energetic performance. It also earned Walker several awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song in 2015.
The song also had a significant impact on people’s lives, as it inspired them to praise God and trust him in difficult times. One notable example was when a 10-year-old boy named Willie Myrick sang “Every Praise” for three hours while being kidnapped by a stranger in Atlanta, Georgia. The kidnapper eventually let him go unharmed, and Myrick credited the song for saving his life.