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 world abroad
The honors of Thy name.
He breaks the power of cancell’d sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood avail’d for me
In Christ, your head, ye then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.
-From O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
We are created to praise God. We praise because of all God has done. We praise because of all the things God is about in the world. We praise simply because God is God. And in singing our praises, we steadily formed in a faith that transcends even words and melodies to become the song of our heart and the rhythm of our lives. [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to go deeper. Use these scriptures and questions to reflect in your devotion time.
Texts to read:
- Psalm 150
- Psalms 41, 72, 89, 106
Questions to ponder:
(from Spiritual Classics ed. Richard Foster)
- How can I enhance the experience of worship for others?
- In what ways can I guard against the worshiping experience of others?
- In my life, how can I avoid needless criticism and complaint?
Do and share:
- Make a list of your favorite hymns and songs that have formed your faith. Reflect on what it is that makes a particular hymn dear to you.
- Find a video of your favorite praise music and share in our Facebook group or on Twitter (@dpumc).