O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
"I was amazed to find my old enemy, intemperance, so suddenly subdued, that I almost forgot that was ever in bondage to him."
Charles Wesley had wrestled with salvation early in life. When he and his brother John were finally and gloriously converted their mother was somewhat suspect, but the life change had been evident. When she received word from her sons about their new found faith, she replied, "You say that till within a few months you had no spiritual life and no justifying faith…I heartily rejoice that you have attained to a strong and lively hope in God's mercy through Christ, but it is one thing to have faith, and another to be sensible that we have it."
Charles Wesley went on to accomplish great things for the Lord, in preaching and hymn writing. He found opportunities to preach in many places, not the least of which was Newgate prison, where he would lock himself in with inmates on death row on the eve of their execution to comfort and share the gospel with them.
On the first anniversary of his conversion he penned an 18 stanza hymn entitled, "For the Anniversary Day of One's Conversion." The seventh verse began with the phrase "O for a thousand tongues to sing" inspired by a phrase Charles had heard: "Had I a thousand tongues, I would praise Him with them all."
This verse was moved to the first verse and became the title of the hymn we know today. It was published in its current form in John Wesley's Collection of Hymns in 1780.
What a glorious song declaring praise to our great God and King! This week we will sing a new arrangement of this song written by Travis Cottrell. Dive in a clap your hands to this upbeat, rendition of a great song of the faith!
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