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Hymns of My Youth: O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Saturday··2010·07·31
Here’s another hymn that should be familiar to anyone raised right. Cyberhymnal lists no less than seven tunes (and nineteen verses) for this one. The one you will likely recognize, Azmon, composed in 1828, is certainly not the first used for this 1739 Charles Wesley hymn. Not surprisingly, the Concordia tune, Chesterfield, is nowhere to be found in association with this particular hymn. Oddly, while I remember singing this hymn in church, it was always to Azmon. Also odd is the fact that where I do find the Concordia tune, it’s not called Chesterfield, but Richmond. Curious, eh? The hymn is O for a thousand Tongues to Sing. It is well worth noting that, like the previous hymns, the subject of each verse is God and his glorious attributes. As you take note of that, contrast it with the many “worship” songs today in which God is the object and the singer is the subject. 10 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing O for a thousand tongues to sing My dear 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, That bids our sorrows cease; ’Tis music in the sinner’s ears; ’Tis life, and health, and peace. He breaks the pow’r of reigning sin, He sets the pris’ner free; His blood can make the foulest clean; His blood availed for me. He speaks, and, list’ning to His voice, New life the dead receive; The mournful, broken hearts rejoice; The humble poor believe.—The Concordia Hymnal (Augsburg Publishing House, 1960). Azmon Chesterfield (Richmond?)

Hymns of My Youth: Ye Servants of God

Saturday··2010·10·09
This is one of the many great hymns of Charles Wesley. 32 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim, And publish abroad His wonderful Name; The Name all victorious of Jesus extol, His kingdom is glorious and rules over all. God ruleth on high, almighty to save, And still He is nigh, His presence we have; The great congregation His triumph shall sing, Ascribing salvation to Jesus our King. Salvation to God, who sits on the throne, Let all cry aloud and honor the Son; The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim, Fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb. Then let us adore and give Him His right, All glory, and pow’r, all wisdom and might; All honor and blessing with angels above, And thanks never ceasing, and infinite love. —The Concordia Hymnal (Augsburg Publishing House, 1960). The Concordia tune is Lyons, composed by Johann Michael Haydn, the younger brother of Joseph Haydn. You might also recognize it as O Worship the King. It is also commonly sung to Hanover. The tunes are quite similar. Lyons (organ) Hanover (men’s chorus)

Hymns of My Youth: Love Divine

Saturday··2010·10·23
Today’s hymn is the second in the “Opening and Morning” section of the Concordia. This one has everything: Christ-centered praise and petition, biblical gospel theology, eschatological longing, all to the glory of Jesus, our Savior and Lord. 38 Love Divine, All Love Excelling Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n to earth come down! Fix in us thy humble dwelling; All thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation; Enter every trembling heart. Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit, Into ev’ry troubled breast! Let us all in Thee inherit, Let us find Thy promised rest. Take away the love of sinning, Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its beginning, Set our hearts at liberty. Come, Almighty to deliver, Let us all Thy life receive; Graciously return and never, Never more Thy temples leave! Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love. Finish, then, Thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see Thy great salvation, Perfectly restored in Thee, Changed from glory into glory, Till in heav’n we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise. —The Concordia Hymnal (Augsburg Publishing House, 1960). The Concordia tune is Beecher. It is apparently also sung to Hyfrydol, but I must object in the strongest terms. Try listening without thinking Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners and see if I’m not right. Beecher Hyferdol Just for fun, here’s an interesting arrangement to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

Hymns of My Youth II: Ye Servants of God

Saturday··2011·11·12
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” —Revelation 7:9–12 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim, And publish abroad His wonderful Name; The Name all victorious of Jesus extol: His kingdom is glorious and rules over all. God ruleth on high, almighty to save, And still He is nigh–His presence we have; The great congregation His triumph shall sing, Ascribing salvation to Jesus, our King. “Salvation to God, who sits on the throne,” Let all cry aloud and honor the Son; The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim, Fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb. Then let us adore and give Him His right— All glory and pow’r, and wisdom and might, All honor and blessing with angels above, And thanks never ceasing, and infinite love. —Great Hymns of the Faith (Zondervan, 1968).

Hymns of My Youth II: Rejoice—the Lord Is King!

Saturday··2012·01·28
Let Israel be glad in his Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King. —Psalm 149:2 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. —Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice—the Lord Is King! Rejoice—the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore! Rejoice, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore: Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Jesus, the Savior, reigns, the God of truth and love; When He had purged our stains He took His seat above; Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! His kingdom cannot fail—He rules o’er earth and Heav’n, The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus giv’n; Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Rejoice in glorious hope! Our Lord the Judge shall come And take His servants up to their eternal home. Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Great Hymns of the Faith (Zondervan, 1968).

Hymns of My Youth II: Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Saturday··2012·04·07
Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. —Matthew 28:1–8 Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today Christ, the Lord, is ris’n today, Alleluia! Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply: Alleluia! Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia! Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia! Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia! Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia! Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! —Great Hymns of the Faith (Zondervan, 1968).

Hymns of My Youth II: A Charge to Keep

Saturday··2012·11·10
At the doorway of the tent of meeting, moreover, you shall remain day and night for seven days and keep the charge of the Lord, so that you will not die, for so I have been commanded. —Leviticus 8:35 Today’s hymn, written by Charles Wesley, is based on Matthew Henry’s commentary on Leviticus 8:31–36: [W]e have every one of us a charge to keep, an eternal God to glorify, an immortal soul to provide for, needful duty to be done, our generation to serve; and it must be our daily care to keep this charge, for it is the charge of the Lord our Master, who will shortly call us to an account about it, and it is our utmost peril if we neglect it. Keep it that you die not; it is death, eternal death, to betray the trust that we are charged with; by the consideration of this we must be kept in awe. —Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible (Hendrickson, 1991), 1:372. A Charge to Keep I Have A charge to keep I have— A God to glorify, A never-dying soul to save And fit it for the sky. To serve the present age, My calling to fulfill— O may it all my powers engage To do my Master’s will! Arm me with jealous care, As in Thy sight to live; And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare A strict account to give! Help me to watch and pray, And on Thyself rely; And let me ne’er my trust betray, But press to realms on high.* —Great Hymns of the Faith (Zondervan, 1968). * Original words: “Assured, if I my trust betray, / I shall for ever die.”

Hymns of My Youth II: Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Saturday··2012·12·08
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. —Psalm 18:2 Jesus, Lover of My Soul Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly, While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high. Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past; Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last. Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on Thee; Leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me. All my trust on Thee is stayed, all my help from Thee I bring; Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing. Thou, O Christ, art all I want, more than all in Thee I find; Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind. Just and holy is Thy Name, I am all unrighteousness; False and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace. Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin; Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within. Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee; Spring Thou up within my heart; rise to all eternity. —Great Hymns of the Faith (Zondervan, 1968).

Hymns of My Youth III: Love Divine

Saturday··2013·04·27
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. —1 John 4:16–17 45 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven to earth come down; Fix in us thy humble dwelling; All thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation; Enter every trembling heart. Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit, Into every troubled breast! Let us all in Thee inherit; Let us find that second rest. Take away our bent to sinning; Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its Beginning, Set our hearts at liberty. Come, Almighty to deliver, Let us all Thy life receive; Suddenly return and never, Never more Thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love. Finish, then, Thy new creation; Pure and spotless let us be. Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee; Changed from glory into glory, Till in heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise. —Favorite Hymns of Praise (Tabernacle Publishing Company, 1967).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Ye Servants of God

Saturday··2014·03·22
Ye Servants of God Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. Revelation 7:10 Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim, And publish abroad His wonderful Name; The Name all victorious of Jesus extol: His kingdom is glorious, He rules over all. God ruleth on high, almighty to save, And still He is nigh, His presence we have; The great congregation His triumph shall sing, Ascribing salvation to Jesus, our King. “Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!” Let all cry aloud, and honor the Son; The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim, Fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb. Then let us adore, and give Him His right— All glory and pow’r, and wisdom and might, All honor and blessing with angels above, And thanks never ceasing, and infinite love. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O for a Thousand Tongues

Saturday··2014·08·09
O for a Thousand Tongues And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness And Your praise all day long. Psalm 35:28O for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer’s praise, The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of His grace! 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. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, Your loosened tongues employ; Ye blind, behold your Savior come,; And leap, ye lame, for joy. My gracious Master and my God, Assist me to proclaim, To spread thro’ all the earth abroad, The honors of Thy name. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Love Divine

Saturday··2014·09·20
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9 Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n, to earth come down. Fix in us thy humble dwelling, All thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation, Enter every trembling heart. Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit Into ev’ry troubled breast! Let us all in Thee inherit, Let us find Thy promised rest. Take away our bent to sinning, Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its beginning, Set our hearts at liberty. Come, almighty to deliver, Let us all Thy life receive; Suddenly return, and never, Nevermore Thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love. Finish then Thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee: Changed from glory into glory, Till in heav’n we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music). This video starts out rough, but it’s worth the wait.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Saturday··2014·11·22
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives Isaiah 61:1 Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear Desire of ev’ry nation, Joy of ev’ry longing heart. Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child and yet a King, Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all sufficient merit, Raise us to Thy glorious throne. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Saturday··2014·12·06
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased. Luke 2:14 Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” Joyful, all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.” Christ, by highest heav’n adored; Christ the everlasting Lord! Late in time, behold Him come, Offspring of the Virgin’s womb: Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th’incarnate Deity, Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel. Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.” Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die. Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.” —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Saturday··2016·04·02
Christ the Lord Is Risen TodayO death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? 1 Corinthians 15:55 Christ, the Lord, is ris’n today, Alleluia! Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply: Alleluia! Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia! Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia! Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia! Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia! Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: The Lord Is King

Saturday··2017·01·14
Rejoice, the Lord Is King Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore! Rejoice, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore: Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! The Lord, our Savior, reigns, the God of truth and love; When He had purged our stains, He took His seat above; Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! His kingdom cannot fail, He rules o’er earth and Heav’n; The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus giv’n; Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Rejoice in glorious hope! Our Lord the Judge shall come And take His servants up to their eternal home. Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Lo, He Comes

Saturday··2017·02·04
Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30 Lo! He comes with clouds descending, Once for favored sinners slain; Thousand thousand saints attending, Swell the triumph of His train: Allelujah! Aallelujah! God appears on earth to reign. Every eye shall now behold Him Robed in dreadful majesty; Those who set at naught and sold Him, Pierced and nailed Him to the tree, Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, Shall the true Messiah see. Now redemption, long expected, See in solemn pomp appear; All His saints, by man rejected, Now shall meet Him in the air: Allelujah! Aallelujah! See the day of God appear. Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee, High on Thine eternal throne; Savior, take the power and glory, Claim the kingdom for Thine own; O come quickly! O come quickly! Everlasting God, come down. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Saturday··2017·10·21
Jesus, Lover of My Soul For You have been a defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; Isaiah 25:4 Jesus, Lover of my soul, Let me to Thy bosom fly, While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still is high; Hide me, O my Savior, hide, Till the storm of life is past; Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last! Other refuge have I none; Hangs my helpless soul on Thee; Leave, ah! leave me not alone, Still support and comfort me. All my trust on Thee is stayed, All my help from Thee I bring; Cover my defenseless head With the shadow of Thy wing. Thou, O Christ, art all I want; More than all in Thee I find; Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, Heal the sick, and lead the blind. Just and holy is Thy Name, I am all unrighteousness; False and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace. Plenteous grace with Thee is found, Grace to cover all my sin; Let the healing streams abound; Make and keep me pure within. Thou of life the fountain art, Freely let me take of Thee; Spring Thou up within my heart, Rise to all eternity. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

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