Employing Our Loosened Tongue

Unfathomable Grace

Almost 300 years ago, Charles Wesley penned his famous hymn, “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” While ten verses were originally composed, only six made their way into most modern hymnals. From my perspective, I am very glad verse six made the cut:

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
Your loosen’d tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Saviour come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.

Some might interpret this verse in an eschatological light. Someday, when Jesus returns, believers who are physically deaf, dumb, blind, and crippled are going to be perfect healed in an instant. They will see their Christ, they will be given their new resurrection bodies, and with their renewed senses they will worship like never before.

I prefer to interpret this verse in a present-spiritual manner. In my natural fallen condition, I was deaf, dumb, blind, and crippled; spiritually I could not hear and understand God’s Gospel, I could not…

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