"O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing"Did you know that Charles Wesley's hymn "O for a thousand tongues to Sing"
originally had 17 verses and was entitled "Glory to God, and Praise and
Love"? (The tune we use was written about one hundred years later)
Here are a few of the verses:
1. Glory to God, and praise and love
be ever, ever given,
by saints below and saints above,
the church in earth and heaven.
Verses 2-6 were about his conversion.
7. O for a thousand . . .
8. My gracious master . . .
9. Jesus, the name . . .
10. He breaks the power . . .
11. He speaks, and listening . . .
12. Hear him, ye deaf . . .
verses 13-17 deal with the fact that God's grace is sufficient to redeem even
the worst of sinners (Charles Wesley, like the apostle Paul, considered
himself the worst). You can hum along if you like. Be considerate of others
in the workplace.
13. Look unto him, ye nations, own
your God, ye fallen race!
Look, and be saved through faith alone,
be justified by grace!
14. 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.
15. Harlots and publicans and thieves,
his holy triumph join!
Saved is the sinner that believes
for crimes as great as mine.
16. Murderers and all ye hellish crew,
ye sons of lust and pride,
believe the Savior died for you;
for me the Savior died.
17. With me, your chief, you then shall know,
shall feel your sins forgiven;
anticipate your heaven below
and own that love is heaven.
I'm not really sure what the last two lines mean? Any ideas?
Remember that God's forgiveness is what allows us to come to him in worship and
prayer. Be careful if you're feeling that others need his forgiveness more
than you do. "Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it!"
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