18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
“The structure of the hymn (glory – testimony – proclamation – exhortation) demonstrates that the spiritual life is not to be primarily concerned with pious introspection of the individual; instead, conversion should lead to the praise of God and sharing the good news of the gospel.” – Jonathan Powers
Jesus saves us so that we can in turn share the Good News with others! This is a song that is to be sung in community with the body of Christ. A song that is simply a proclamation of the greatness of our God. Through the verses we are reminded that God is praiseworthy, glorious beyond comprehension, triumphant by His grace, our Master and God, assisting us in spreading His Gospel, calming when we are afraid, compassionate in our sorrows, powerful enough to break sin, victorious over sin, cleansing to the foulest, and everlasting.
In Luke 4, Jesus reads from the scroll in the temple. In this reading He is fulfilling the prophesy laid out in Isaiah 61. God has sent Jesus into the world to eradicate injustice, heal diseases, and ultimately die on a cross and be raised on the third day, defeated the last enemy (sin and death) once and for all. Jesus was sent to glorify the Father and we are called to do the same.
This hymn was written in 1739 and still seems so relevant because the Gospel is still relevant. These truths will NEVER change. In Revelation 1:8 the Lord God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty.”
This hymn is a call to worship. A call to push our individualism to the back burner and proclaim the greatness of our God with the body of Christ. The Christian life is meant to be communal (o for a thousand tongues to sing). We need to get ourselves ready for eternity by singing praises to God because when Christ returns and dwells with us forever we will be constantly singing to Him communally.
With all that being said
how could we not fall down and worship Him?!
How could we not want to demand our souls to praise the Lord?