Friday, July 14, 2017

Comments on a Hymn

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!

This hymn is just a straight-ahead praise of Jesus, a hymn to be sung with gusto. The author turns to various groups and calls them to join in the worship of Jesus as Lord. He starts with the angels, then appeals to the martyrs. The faithful of the seed of Israel are next. Then, there’s us, the sinners. And not to leave anyone out, the hymn writer turns to ‘every kindred, every tribe, on this terrestrial ball’. That about covers everyone else - believers or not.

I find the last appeal especially touching. The author expresses his own desire to be where there’s some real worship going on - where those who have finished with here are there with Him. And one day we all will be with that sacred throng praising the one who has earned to right to be called Lord of all.


All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Crown Him, ye martyrs of your God,
Who from His altar call;
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s rod,
And crown Him Lord of all.
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s rod,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,
Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all.
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget
The wormwood and the gall,
Go spread your trophies at His feet,
And crown Him Lord of all.
Go spread your trophies at His feet,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Let every kindred, every tribe
On this terrestrial ball,
To him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all;
To him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all.

O that, with yonder sacred throng,
We at His feet may fall,
Join in the everlasting song,
And crown Him Lord of all,
Join in the everlasting song,
And crown Him Lord of all!

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