Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:6

To give glory to God should be the greatest desire of every Christian. Not only should this be the supreme goal for our individual lives, but it should also be true whenever we gather in our local churches. "...In the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee." (Hebrews 2:12). We must always be alert in recognizing God's leading in our midst and in acknowledging His hand of blessing upon our corporate endeavors--the "great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done". Without this sensitive awareness and gratitude, churches--like individuals--can easily lose the focus of their mission and develop a false sense of self-worth and sufficiency.

This fine gospel hymn first appeared in a Sunday school collection, Brightest and Best, compiled by William Doane and Robert Lowry in 1875. In 1952 the Billy Graham Crusade Team went to England where they first made extensive use of the hymn in their meetings. It was an immediate success. Upon their return to the United States, they found the same enthusiastic response by American audiences. It has been a favorite hymn ever since.

"To God Be the Glory" differs from most of the hymns written by Fanny Crosby in that it is a more objective praise of God rather than the typical subjective testimony or Christian experience type of song. It is a fine blend of the characteristics of both the hymn and the gospel song.

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.

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.

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.

*For Today*: Psalm 29:2; Romans 11:36; Galatians 1:4 & 5; Ephesians 3:21

Reflect seriously on whether God's glory is really the desire of your life. Also give Him a testimony of praise for His blessings upon your local church.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

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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