Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Top Ten Hymns Countdown #6: To God Be The Glory

It would be nearly impossible to choose ten great hymns without including at least one by Fanny Crosby, perhaps the greatest hymn lyricist of all time. She wrote about 8000 hymns, at least 500 of which were put to music and are still used in the universe of hymns.

Along with Blessed Assurance, this is perhaps Crosby's best-known and loved hymn. Its first stanza is a simple, yet profound, glorification of the God who provided mankind with salvation. The refrain and second stanza echo this, while the third stanza speaks of the glory we will behold when we who have accepted Christ as Savior meet Him in heaven.

I hope that all who read this post can sing these words from a sincere and believing heart.

To God Be the Glory

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.


Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.


Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.


Past Entries in this Series:

Top Ten Hymns Countdown #7: Onward Christian Soldiers
Top Ten Hymns Countdown #8: How Great Thou Art
Top Ten Hymns Countdown #9: It Is Well With My Soul
Top Ten Hymns Countdown #10: All Creatures of Our God and King


1 comment:

Brenda Brough said...

Truly one of my personal favorites. We sang this along with our guests at our wedding!!! It was a wonderful way to end a beautiful ceremony and to involve everyone!!