Sunday, May 21

Sunday's Hymn: Musical Theme

In all its nineteen versed glory (I would love to sing verses 17 and 18 congregationally sometime!), from someone considered by many to be the greatest hymn writer of all time:
O For a Thousand Tongues To Sing

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,
Christ your Head, you then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.

Glory to God, and praise and love
Be ever, ever given,
By saints below and saints above,
The church in earth and heaven.

On this glad day the glorious Sun
Of Righteousness arose;
On my benighted soul He shone
And filled it with repose.

Sudden expired the legal strife,
’Twas then I ceased to grieve;
My second, real, living life
I then began to live.

Then with my heart I first believed,
Believed with faith divine,
Power with the Holy Ghost received
To call the Savior mine.

I felt my Lord’s atoning blood
Close to my soul applied;
Me, me He loved, the Son of God,
For me, for me He died!

I found and owned His promise true,
Ascertained of my part,
My pardon passed in heaven I knew
When written on my heart.

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 the Aethiop white.

Harlots and publicans and thieves
In holy triumph join!
Saved is the sinner that believes
From crimes as great as mine.

Murderers and all ye hellish crew
In holy triumph join!
Believe the Savior died for you;
For me the Savior died.

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
Other hymns, worship songs, etc. posted this Sunday:
  • Joy to the World at Ian's Messy Desk (You'll have to go over to Ian's to see why he's chosen to post this hymn by Isaac Watts in May, and no, it's not because it goes with my musical theme.)
  • Day by Day at Chez Kneel (This lovely Swedish hymn was introduced in English by the Swedish nightingale, Jenny Lind. Go read why this hymn has special meaning for Neil Shay.)
  • I Know Whom I Have Believed at New Lumps. This hymn was my husband's favorite one, and was sung at his memorial service; and you won't see the bit of serendipity in that unless you actually clicked through on all the links above.
If you've posted a hymn or worship song, etc this Sunday, why not let me know in the comments below and I'll add your post to the list above?
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