THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH
YE SERVANTS OF GOD
Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
And publish abroad His wonderful name,
The name all-victorious of Jesus extol,
His kingdom is glorious and rules over all.
God ruleth on high, almighty to save,
And still is nigh, His presence we have,
The great congregation His triumph shall sing,
Ascribing salvation to Jesus, our King.
Salvation to God, who sits on the throne
Let all cry aloud and honour the Son
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
Fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb.
Then let us adore and give Him His right,
All glory and power, all wisdom and might,
All honour and blessing, with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing, and infinite love.
This hymn was the product of the Wesley brothers during a time of turmoil and uncertainty in England and Europe.
A bit like today
In 1744 ENGLAND was at war with France, and the British were expecting an invasion to dethrone George II and restore the House of Stuart to the throne.
People suspected the Methodists of friendship with France and perhaps plotting to overthrow the king.
Wesleyan meetings were broken up by mobs, and at times John and Charles Wesley themselves were arrested.
In the middle of the turmoil, the Wesleys published a collection of hymns to encourage their followers.
The title was Hymns for Times of Trouble and Persecution.
This hymn, “Ye Servants of God,” was published under the heading
“To Be Sung in a Tumult.”
The stanzas we have in our hymnals today do not suggest any turmoil, but one that was omitted reads:
“Men, devils engage, the billows arise and horribly rage, and threaten the skies; their fury shall never our steadfastness shock, the weakest believer is built on a rock.”
This last line brought to my mind a hymn written by Edward Mose .(1797 - 1874)
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness no merit of my own I claim, but wholly trust in Jesus name.
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.
I PRAY THAT WE CAN ALL SING THESE
LINES FROM OUR HEARTS.
God bless you and keep you.
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