Friday, August 4, 2017

Comment on a Hymn

To God Be the Glory

This is an exhilarating hymn. It certainly is one that engages our emotions. The melody is built for whole-hearted singing.

But don't sing whole-heartedly just because of the music. The music is only intended to convey the thoughts of the words. And these are remarkable words. The hymn highlights some of the great things that God has done in Jesus: atonement, redemption, forgiveness, the climax of which is actually seeing Jesus. And the refrain is so very appropriate. In singing it, we give glory to the God who has blessed us so.

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.


Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.


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