O  FOR  A  THOUSAND  TONGUES  TO  SING

Verse 1

O for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer’s praise

The glories of my God and King

The triumphs of His grace

Verse 2

My gracious Master and my God

Assist me to proclaim

To spread through all the earth abroad

The honors of Thy name

Chorus

Praise the Lord hallelujah

Praise the Lord o my soul

Shout His praise never ending

Praise the Lord forevermore

Verse 3

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

Verse 4

He breaks the pow’r of canceled sin

He sets the pris’ner free

His blood can make the foulest clean

His blood availed for me

WHAT  DOES  THIS  SONG  SAY?

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.”

Luke 4:18-19

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.

Psalm 145:10-12

“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 Godassisting 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?

Scripture
References

Psalm 96:2-4, Psalm 107:14, Psalm 145:10-12,
Matthew 28:16-20, 
Luke 4:18, Luke 12:12,
Ephesians 2:4-10, 1 John 1:6-8