The word worship is a contraction of an old expression
in the English language, woerth-scipe, denoting the giving of reverent praise
to an object of superlative worth.
True worship, then, is an act by a redeemed man,
the creature, toward God, His Creator, whereby his will, intellect, and emotions gratefully respond
to the revelation of God's person
expressed in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ,
as the Holy Spirit illuminates the written Word to his heart.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -
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.
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.
Glory to God, and praise and love
Be ever, ever given,
By saints below and saints above,
The church in earth and heaven.
On this glad day the glorious Sun
Of Righteousness arose;
On my benighted soul He shone
And filled it with repose.
Then with my heart I first believed,
Believed with faith divine,
Power with the Holy Ghost received
To call the Savior mine.
I felt my Lord’s atoning blood
Close to my soul applied;
Me, me He loved, the Son of God,
For me, for me He died!
Look unto Him, ye nations, own
Your God, ye fallen race;
Look, and be saved through faith alone,
Be justified by grace.
See all your sins on Jesus laid:
The Lamb of God was slain,
His soul was once an offering made
For every soul of man.
- Charles Wesley -
If you noticed I shared several extra verses of this hymn.
I am used to singing this hymn in church with only six verses
and I was delighted to find there are many, many more.
In fact, I did not even share them all.
O for a thousand tongues. . .
This hymn was inspired by a Moravian leader named Peter Bohler,
who expressed his spiritual joy in this way:
"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!"
O sing unto the Lord a new song:
sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
Sing unto the Lord, bless his name;
shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the heathen,
his wonders among all people.
For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised:
he is to be feared above all gods.
- Psalm 96: 1- 4 -
Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.
- Psalm 103: 1 - 4 -
Every day will I bless thee;
and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
and his greatness is unsearchable.
- Psalm 145:2 - 3 -
Worship. . .
It is a quickening of the conscience
by the holiness of God;
a feeding of the mind with the truth of God;
an opening of the heart to the love of God;
and a devoting of the will to the purpose of God.
- Unknown -
Have a blessed Lord's Day,