Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Wesley: O for a thousand tongues

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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 honours 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 Saviour 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,
   &nbs p;And own that love is heaven.
    ... Charles Wesley (1707-1788), The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, v. I, John Wesley, London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1868, p. 300-301 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 33:1-4; Ps. 96:1-2; 98:1-6; 144:9-10; Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19; Rev. 5:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, receive my praise.

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