I have been immersing myself with hymns ancient and modern for the past few months. O mine…the hymns are powerful and full of strength. Somehow the faith of our ancient fathers are so strong and powerful, they still speak today, loudly and clearly. In light of such indulgence, I watched the movie Amazing Grace, depicting a true story of Wlliam Wilberforce, the man who was responsible for the abolition of the slave trade in Britain. In the show, Wilberforce struggled within himself between politics and serving God in solitude. He was already a strong advocate of human rights and spoke against the slave trade publicly and in the House of Common. He admired the conversion of John Newton, the composer of the famous hymn Amazing Grace, and sang it in public places. He spoke about his conversion to God, and more so, his conversion from a slave trader to a wretched old preacher.
In desperation, he decided to seek an audience with John Newton. He finally came to a decision, that he could serve God by fighting for the freedom of the African slaves. He was a man of faith! He believed in his calling. When the House of Common annouced the acceptance of the abolition of the slave trade, the representative also said that many great men in history are remembered for their violence and conquest, but few are remembered for their act of peace and Wilberforce was one of those few.
So coming back to the hymns, they are still speaking to us today, of the greatness, the power and the love of God Almighty. They are still proclaiming the goodness and wonder of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are still singing of the praises and majesty of Eternal God our Father. Let His works be known throughout all the earth, as His praise and worship resound….let the message of His grace and mercy be spread to the end of the earth….
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise
The glories of my God and King
The triumphs of His grace.
Come let us join our cheerful songs
With angels round the throne
Ten thousand thousand are their tongues
But all their joys are one.
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire
Uttered or unexpressed
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast
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