O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING
"My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day
long" (Psalm 35:28 NIV).
Charles Wesley is known as the co-founder (with his brother, John Wesley)
of the Methodist Church, however, he is more known for his hymns. He is the
author of some 6,000 hymns which after more than 200 years are showing no
sign of losing their appeal. One of his hymns is titled "O FOR A THOUSAND
TONGUES TO SING." He wrote this hymn while he and his brother were studying
under the Moravian scholar Peter Böhler in London and he framed the title
which now becomes the first line of the hymn from Böhler's words, "Oh,
Brother Wesley, the Lord has done so much for my life. Had I a thousand
tongues, I would praise Christ Jesus with every one of them." Undoubtedly,
Böhler said this in appreciation of God's goodness to him, Charles Wesley,
and the humankind. According to history, the Wesley brothers had earlier
had suffered a bout of pleurisy. The ailment led Charles Wesley to renew
his faith in God, and as a commemoration of that, he composed this hymn.
A thousand tongues are not enough to sing about the praise of the great
Redeemer, about the glories of God the King, and about the triumphs of His
grace! The reasons are not far-fetched. As Charles Wesley put it in the
hymn, "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." Charles Wesley was talking about the
redemptive works of Jesus Christ here. He knew that Jesus did not only heal
him from physical ailment, but that Jesus saved him from spiritual death
that everyone is experiencing since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.
He therefore prayed that God should help him to proclaim His goodness to
Without doubt, you also would have had many reasons to praise God for who
is and what He is doing in your life. Will you not join Charles Wesley to
pray: "My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread
through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name"? Will you not praise
Him with the tongue and other resources He has given you? Indeed, a million
tongues are not enough to sing about the goodness of God to mankind!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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