"Let Everything that Hath Breath" is a song by Petra. It was written and composed by the band's singer Greg X. Volz. The song was released in 1982 as part of the band's fifth album, More Power to Ya.


Words and music by Greg X. Volz

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Let every creature under God's sun praise the Lord
Let all the mountains, let all the valleys
Let all the hillsides sing of His glory
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord

Israel had a war to fight but the Lord showed them the secret
He said the battle this day is mine, but you must listen how to do it
Put your singers first in front of the rest
Let them praise and sing to me
And you will see the salvation of your God
And watch your enemies flee

Paul and Silas were thrown in jail
For preaching the gospel of Christ
Though in chains they praised His name singing songs in the night
Just then an earthquake shook the place and the chains and the doors were loosened
Then the jailer ran in scared to and that day he found salvation


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Live versionsEdit

"Let Everything that Hath Breath" was part of "The Praise Medley" featured in the 1986 live album Captured in Time and Space. It is the first song performed in the medley, followed by "Without Him We Can Do Nothing" and "Praise Ye the Lord".


In 2010, the song was remade and recorded by Classic Petra in the album Back to the Rock. This version features John Lawry on keyboards.

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