O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing


O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!

I know how Charles Wesley felt when he wrote this hymn. He wished for a thousand tongues to be able to sing about the glory of Jesus. It's his way of saying if he could have 999 more tongues, he would then begin to accurately express his affection for Jesus. 

Why do I say this? Today I have the task of speaking into a camera about an upcoming sermon series. The title of the series? The Splendor of Christ. It's coming to a Brentwood campus near you in April and May of this year. Seven weeks of unpacking texts that deal with Jesus' glory and majesty and splendor. I do not know of a greater or more important series for any human being on the planet.

But get this: My task today is to "think of one or two things about the importance of each lesson's theme and what they can take away from it." Yeah. For real.

I get it. The purpose of the video is to promote the series. It isn't supposed to be long. It is to be a "teaser" if you will. So I understand.

But thinking of one or two things per Scripture/theme to say about Jesus is like telling a Baptist preacher he can only have one piece of fried chicken. . . it just ain't enough.

So, I have been thinking about this deal and what I can say today to represent the series well and hopefully inspire people to come, be excited about it, and bring others with them. The more I think, the harder it gets. The glory and splendor of Jesus is inexhaustible. You never get to the bottom. There is never a time where it will be "enough" and we move on to something more beautiful. His majesty never stops being majestic. O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise!

This is one of my tasks today. But let me ask you: What one or two attributes about Jesus can you think of right now? Take a second and dwell on how they affect your life today. Thank Him for who He is. Then go sing somewhere at the top of your lungs, praising Him with the one tongue you have.