Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday's Thought -O for a Thousand Tongues - Organ Piano Duet

The news from the Doctor was great- better than expected for he had suffered pain like this and it was bad news- broke something or it was on the way to breaking.  And, the news from the Physical Therapist was even better.  He had been this route before with other situations and health issues so he prepared himself for the worst.  Not to be negative, but to counter the negative with a positive attitude would help him win.  Instead, he found himself in tears, for God had blessed him beyond his wildest dreams or thoughts.  He cried until he could cry no more, but then wondered how he could possibly ever thank God for these blessings that he is not even able to express in words to the closest friends.

The thought rang through his mind as the week went on after receiving the news.  Then, it dawned upon him to sing the hymn, the one which reminds him of a desire to praise, "Oh For A Thousand Tongues To Sing!"

"My tongue will speak....... of your praises all day long" Psalm 35:28 NIV

"O for a thousand tongues to sing My Great Redeemer's Praise,
The glories of my God and King, The triumphants of His Grace!

My Gracious Master and my God, Assist me to proclaim,
to spread thro all the earth abroad The honors of Thy Name!

Jesus, the name that calms my fears, That bids my sorrows cease,
'Tis music in the sinner's ears; 'Tis life and health and peace.

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."

Words:  Charles Wesley, 1707 - 1788
Music: Carl G. Glaser, 1784 - 1829;
arr. Lowell Mason, 1792 - 1872

He particularly noted the 3rd verse of the song, and remembered the many times that God had calmed the fears of medical tests and the results, His Presence during the MRI's and other times when he felt alone- God would be there quietly holding his hand.

A true story- name withheld to maintain privacy for my friend.