O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING –
Many of the ideas expressed in this psalm can be found in the song Moses and Miriam wrote to honor God as Victor and Champion of Israel after crossing the Red Sea and being freed from Pharaoh and his army. Free to worship God without fear; free to express themselves in praise and adoration to the One True God. It has been observed that those who worship the LORD with the greatest enthusiasm and joy are those who have just been set free, whether for the first time or once again. But it can also serve as an anthem for believers everywhere to sing hymns to God as their Savior and Redeemer for their continued freedom. It also signals that one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is King of Kings, and LORD of Lords.
“Everyone, everywhere, let’s sing a new song to the LORD Eternal! Shower praises on Him with hymns, and spread the good news of His salvation day after day! Tell how great He is and about all His miracles, especially to unbelievers. For the LORD Eternal is the greatest, and should be celebrated with enthusiasm; He is awesome; there is no other god like Him. Many nations are filled with worthless idols, but it was the LORD Eternal who created this universe. The power of His presence in His sanctuary is full of holiness and splendor, and it is demonstrated with strength and glory. So let every tribe and nation attribute to Him all the praise and glory He deserves with all your hearts! Yes, offer up to Him all the honor He is due because of who He is, in an offering of thanksgiving and praise! Get on your knees before the LORD Eternal since you stand on holy ground; yes, let everyone be in awe before Him as you tremble in His presence. Then go out and spread the word to every nation, ‘The LORD Eternal reigns!’ Indeed, what He has established cannot be altered, that’s why He will be impartial when He judges the nations. That’s enough to make the heavens rejoice and the earth be elated just thinking about it; even inhabitants of the islands of the sea will be ecstatic; so let everyone who lives in the countryside and everything around them be jubilant; and let the forest reverberate with joy when the LORD Eternal arrives. For He is coming! Yes, He is coming to rule the earth. And He will rule the earth and all its inhabitants with transparent honesty and sincerity.” Psalm 96:1-13
Reflection: Historians tell us that Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire, once captured a Babylonian prince and his family. As they stood before him, the monarch asked the prisoner: “What will you give me if I release you?” “The half of all my wealth,” the prisoner replied. “And what will I get if I release your children?” asked Cyrus. “Everything I possess,” responded the prince. “And if I release your wife, asked the Persian King? “I will give you my life,” replied the captive. Cyrus was so deeply moved that he freed the prisoner and his whole family. Once they returned home, the prince said to his wife, “Isn’t King Cyrus a very handsome fellow?” With a look of deep love on her face, she said to him, “I didn’t notice. I could not take my eyes off of you—the one willing to give himself for me.” We see the same admiration for our Lord Jesus Christ who was willing to give Himself for our freedom expressed in Charles Wesley’s song; written on Wednesday, May 21, 1738, on the first anniversary of his being born again, “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace!” This same sentiment was repeated 245 years later when David Binion felt inspired to write a new song to the same God for the same reason: “Glory to the Lamb, whose throne shall ever reign; God in the highest, worthy to merit our praise. O for a thousand tongues to sing praises unto Thee; O for a thousand hands to raise in honor to the King.” Both Wesley and Binion shared Moses’ enthusiasm over God’s greatness; His power, His mercy, His grace, and His forgiveness. It ought to make all of us want to sing a new song in honor of our Redeemer and soon coming King, each day as we stand in awe awaiting His arrival. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyzyo6HLKRI