Text: Charles Wesley Music: Carl G. Glaser; arr. by Lowell Mason
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 canceled 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.
Scripture reference: Psalm 32, Isaiah 61, Revelation 1:4-7
This is a hymn to be played with deep tones and high joy! This is not a funeral dirge but a Life celebration!
Too often we allow ourselves to be drawn into focusing on the details of our life. We see a problem or a situation and it becomes the all of our thoughts and life. Sound familiar?
God cannot lie. He cannot promise something that He will not deliver. When life becomes into a season of trial, that is when I need to push in closer to God. That is not the initial reaction. When life is tough, I want to push away and pull the covers over my head and the blinds down over any sunlight. And this song is not the sad song of my heart!
Call on Godâ€™s Promises! Remember the stories of what God has done in my life! Praise Him any way! There is another wonderful song that says it all for me â€“ â€œYet I will Praise Himâ€ by Andy Park. I will praise God even when I am in darkness because I know that He is still there. Godâ€™s Spirit will lift me up to the Rock â€“ reminding me of the anchor of Hope.