Of all the hymns of Charles Wesley, none speak to my own motivations and desires as does “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing.” Like David, who regularly spoke of praising God “in the great assembly”, this hymn reminds me of the inadequacy of my single voice to worship our Lord as he deserves. We do well to offer our song in private and intimate settings. However, praising God with the Church does far more justice to the expression of His majesty and grace in a way that builds up the Body of Christ.

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
‘The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!