Tuesday Hymns: “Wondrous King, All-Glorious”

Last night at family worship, Reed wanted to sing, Wondrous King, All-Glorious, and I thought it appropriate to make it our Tuesday Hymn for this week. The lyrics and the tune were written in the seventeenth century by Joachim Neander (1650-1680), a pastor in the German Reformed Church. His most well-known hymn is the beloved Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation. In his short life on earth (he died at thirty of tuberculosis), he wrote approximately sixty hymns and also composed tunes for many of them.

Wondrous King, All-Glorious is a hymn that I discovered later in my life, and is full of the theological truth about the worthiness of God to be praised, and of the experiential joy and love that believers feel for their Lord.

Wondrous King, all glorious,
Sovereign Lord victorious,
O, receive our praise with favor!
From thee welled God’s kindness
Though we in our blindness
Strayed from thee, our blessed Saviour.
Strengthen thou,
Help us now;
Let our tongues be singing,
Thee our praises bringing.

Heavens, spread the story
Of our Maker’s glory,
All the pomp of earth obscuring.
Sun, thy rays be sending,
Thy bright beams expending,
Light to all the earth assuring.
Moon and star,
Praise afar
Him who glorious made you;
The vast heavens aid you.

O my soul, rejoicing,
Sing, thy praises voicing,
Sing, with hymns of faith adore him!
All who here have being,
Shout, your voices freeing,
Bow down in the dust before him.
He is God
Sabaoth;
Praise alone the Saviour,
Here and there for ever.

Hallelujahs render
To the Lord most tender,
Ye who know and love the Saviour.
Hallelujahs sing ye,
Ye redeemed, O, bring ye
Hearts that yield him glad behavior.
Blest are ye
Endlessly;
Sinless there for ever,
Ye shall laud him ever.

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