Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord"

Another Charles Wesley! As one of the founders of Methodism, and a phenomenal hymnwriter, Charles Wesley has contributed a lot to the hymns that I grew up singing. This one speaks of the fellowship of believers when we meet together, and when we live together in harmony.

All praise to our redeeming Lord,
Who joins us by His grace;
And bids us, each to each restored,
Together seek His face.

He bids us build each other up;
And, gathered into one,
To our high calling’s glorious hope,
We hand in hand go on.

The gift which He on one bestows,
We all delight to prove;
The grace through every vessel flows,
In purest streams of love.

E’en now we think and speak the same,
And cordially agree;
Concentered all, through Jesus’ Name,
In perfect harmony.

We all partake the joy of one;
The common peace we feel;
A peace to sensual minds unknown,
A joy unspeakable.

And if our fellowship below
In Jesus be so sweet,
What height of rapture shall we know
When round His throne we meet!

Charles Wesley

This hymn describes to us what Christian fellowship should be: praising the Lord in unity, seeking God's face together, building each other up, sharing our gifts, being vessels of His grace, living in the harmony of being centered by the name of Jesus, sharing our joys with each other. And the last verse is a reminder of this life's reward; if we can enjoy such unity and joy together here on earth, how much greater will our fellowship be in heaven?

Be blessed and shine in fellowship!

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