Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and king,
The triumphs of His grace!
I know I have said it before, but I love spring. It is possible that spring may be my favorite season. The temperature is reasonable; not too hot, not too cold. I hear the symphony of songs from the birds, as they tell of God’s great power. I like best, the gradual budding of the leaves, the progressive blooming of flowers. Spring brings with it, smiles, on the faces of people, as they realize that there is life outside!
It reminds me of life, once dead, that now has been renewed. This time of the year brings to mind a vivid picture of the overwhelming grace and mercy, I receive daily from the Lord. It emphasizes the great Price that was paid for my salvation. Spring warns me to slow down and take a deep breath, because this time will soon be no more. It prompts me to surrender; to worship. It hints at a life, waiting in the wings that can be mine, if I choose. It points out that salvation gives a glimmer of spiritual maturity, if I comply with the Word of God.
I love this hymn. Even as a child, I enjoyed singing it, which I can tell you, was very rare. Here is the continuation of the hymn. It was written in 1739, by Charles Wesley, sing with me…
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 pow’r of canceled sin,
He sets the pris’ner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.