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Meditations

Join us as we journey through the 2022 Lenten Season. Between March 2nd and April 17th, we will Fast and Pray every Wednesday. The fasting period will begin at 12 am and end at 6 pm. During this period we will collectively pray at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm using the morning conference line (518-351-9376). You may only consume water or 100% juice during this period. Note: If you take medication and require food, please eat a light meal if possible. We will not be fasting Thursdays through Tuesdays, but we will still collectively pray at 6 am. We encourage you to give up something as a sacrifice to God during this journey. Mediations will be posted daily to our website and FaceBook page. When you feel like giving up, think of Jesus' sacrifice for us, and let that be your motivation through this period.

“O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing” by Charles Wesley

by Dr. Zelda Robinson on March 29, 2022

Charles Wesley was an English leader of the Methodist movement. He was a well-known hymnwriter who wrote more than 6,000 hymns throughout his lifetime. His works include such hymns as "And Can It Be", “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”  

The opening stanza of this hymn came in response to Charles Wesley’s friend, Peter Bohler’s confession. He told Wesley, “Had I a thousand tongues, I would praise Christ with them all!” This inspired Mr. Wesley to reflect on his own salvation and pen the words of this hymn, a personal testimony and praise unto God.

O for a thousand tongues to sing, My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of His grace!

Charles Wesley celebrated each of his birthdays by writing a hymn of praise to God. This hymn was written by Wesley in 1739 to commemorate the first anniversary of his conversion. When he was converted, Charles Wesley had been ill, in bed for some time, and it said that the fear of death came into his mind. When his brother and some friends came in and sang a hymn, it moved Charles to pray after they had left. He writes in his journal, “I heard one come in and say, In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, arise, and believe, and thou shalt be healed of all thine infirmities. The words struck me to the heart. I lay musing and trembling. With a strange palpitation of heart, I said, yet feared to say, I believe, I believe! " Charles prayed for himself and was converted.

It is said that Charles Wesley and his brother, John, wrote many hymns whose words have led many to conversion and acceptance of Christ Jesus. This hymn is one that serves as a reminder of all the blessings God bestows on us and how grateful we should be. If we could count all our blessings and name them one by one, we would not have enough time or breath to do so. And while we do not have a thousand tongues, we can praise our Redeemer every time we think about the things He has and continues to do for us. He deserves all the honor and the praise.

 O for a thousand tongues to sing my great 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 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.

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ;
ye blind, behold your savior come, and leap, ye lame, for joy.

In Christ, your head, you then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiven;
anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.

1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150

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