Year B – Easter – 4 – O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

This past Sunday we heard in the sermon about how God gives us faith through the Holy Spirit working in us.  This coming Sunday, we are singing a classic hymn of praise by Charles Wesley.  That name should sound familiar, because we sing others of his songs–he wrote many many hymns that are still used today!  This hymn is an example of the wonderful words he wrote which are used by many different kinds of churches:  in fact, I once saw a Charles Wesley hymn in a Catholic hymnal!

The main line of this hymn, “O, for a Thousand Tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,” reminds us that God is so praiseworthy, that we could each be using a thousand tongues at once to praise Him.  Have you ever been so excited about something that you couldn’t stop talking about it?  We want to turn our praise for God into spreading the “honors of His Name” through all the Earth, so that the whole world is praising Him.

But towards the end of the song, we get to something really beautiful:  “He speaks, and, listening to His voice, new life the dead receive.”  People all around the world can read the Bible or hear about God, but unless God opens their hearts to understand the Scriptures and about Him, they will not believe.  And God does this all the time!  There are people all around the world who God has given grace to believe in Him, and this should strengthen our faith.

Why not sing the last short verse with your family and talk about what it reminds you of:

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ; Ye blind behold your Savior come, and leap, ye lame, for joy.

 

-JHerr

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