O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Hymnology: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
~Psalm 145:10-12

Hymn Story

Charles Wesley was the composer of more than 6,000 hymns, but those which bore special significance to him have been among the most endearing and enduring. One of these was the hymn “And Can It Be”, written days after his conversion. Another, “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”, was written in 1739 to mark the first anniversary of that conversion. Continue reading

Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow (Doxology)

Hymnology: Doxology

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!
~Psalm 150:6

Hymn Story

The words to this hymn were written in 1674 by an Anglican Bishop named Thomas Ken. These particular lyrics were originally intended to be the final verse of each of “Three Hymns for Morning, Evening, and Midnight.” During the time this hymn was written, many people in the Church considered it a sin to sing lyrics that were not in the Bible, so during the Bishop’s lifetime this hymn (which is not taken directly from Scripture) was not allowed to be sung during church services. Continue reading

Behold Our God

Hymnology: Behold Our God

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord,
or what man shows him his counsel?
~ Isaiah 40:12-13

Hymn Story

In 2011, Sovereign Grace Music released the album Risen (stream for free here) just in time for Easter. This continued SGM’s 30-year tradition of producing excellent hymns for use in corporate worship. As the title suggests, this song collection focuses on on the theme of the resurrection of Christ. There are many great options here for churches to use throughout the year. The album contains hymns with a variety of perspectives on the greatest event in history, from the exchange of Christ’s righteousness for our sin, to the hope of our future resurrection, to the assurance of Christ’s return. As we say here in the South: That’ll preach! Continue reading