Wednesday, January 16, 2008

CQOD: 01/25/08 -- Wesley: O for a thousand tongues

Christian Quotation of the Day

January 25, 2008
Feast of the Conversion of Paul
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
    -- Psalm 33:1-4 (NIV)

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

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

    Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
        Your loosened tongues employ;
    Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
        And leap, ye lame, for joy.

    Look unto him, ye nations, own
        Your God, ye fallen race;
    Look, and be saved through faith alone,
        Be justified by grace.

    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.

    Awake from guilty nature’s sleep,
        And Christ shall give you light,
    Cast all your sins into the deep,
        And wash you purest white.

    With me, your chief, ye then shall know,
        Shall feel your sins forgiven;
    Anticipate your heaven below,
        And own that love is heaven.
    ... Charles Wesley (1707-1788), from Hymns and Sacred Poems [1740]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, receive my praise.

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