Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Revelation 7:10

The proclamation of the Gospel requires a devoted, zealous spirit. The real purpose of this proclamation is to affect a personal conversion in the hearer, and this experience implies a radical change of lifestyle. The Bible speaks of this change as becoming a new creation (II Corinthians 5:17). It involves the convert in at least three new and conscious relationships: to Christ, to the church, and to the world. "Conversion" has totally lost its meaning if it does not result in a change from self-centered living to devotion to God and a life of sacrificial service for Him.

Charles Wesley wrote this text in 1744, a year of unusually severe persecution for the Wesleys and their followers. During this trying year the Wesleys wrote several hymn pamphlets titled Hymns for Times of Trouble and Persecution. One of these booklets included "Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim". The text was based on Psalm 93:1-4 and Revelation 7:9-12. The purpose of this text was to encourage their persecuted followers to concentrate on the One "Whose Kingdom is glorious--Who rules over all." As is generally true, Christians flourish best for God during times of persecution. This was certainly true of the Wesleys. "God is on the throne; therefore let us cry aloud, and honor His Son and our Saviour" became the battle cry. And the more severe the opposition, the stronger became their proclamation of the Gospel.

May our proclamation, too, always focus on Jesus Christ as the Saviour, Lord, and Master of life and eternity. May we not become side-tracked with our own ideas, pet themes, or personal experiences.

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.

The legions of Hell have lifted their voice,
Sore troubled that we in Jesus rejoice;
The floods they are roaring, but Jesus is here;
While we are adoring, He always is near.

When 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 the Rock.

God ruleth on high, almighty to save,
And still He 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 honor 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 honor and blessing with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing and infinite love.

*For Today*: Psalm 93:1-4, 96:1-10; Mark 10:43 & 45; Revelation 7:9-12

Ask God to keep your spirit consistently zealous for Him.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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