Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing"

Our hymn for this week is another one by Charles Wesley! (I really like Charles Wesley's hymns.) The original version on this hymn, first written as just a poem, had 18 verses. I've only included a few of the more common ones.

O for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’Tis life, and health, and peace.

He speaks, and, listening to His voice,
New life the dead receive,
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
The humble poor believe.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

See all your sins on Jesus laid:
The Lamb of God was slain,
His soul was once an offering made
For every soul of man.
Charles Wesley

I've always loved Wesley's passionate words. I mean, it is passion alone that could have him wishing that he had a thousand tongues to sing the praises of his Redeemer. This entire hymn is one declaring God worthy of praise, and dedicating praises to God alone, because of what Jesus has done for us.

Be blessed and shine with praise!

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