~* JESUS SHALL REIGN *~
Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
The spread of Christianity has been phenomenal. In spite of cruel persecution of Christ's followers in the first three centuries A.D. and from time to time through the
years since, His kingdom has continued to spread to "realms and people of every tongue". Periods of attack on the believers have served only to increase their
fervor and growth. Then in recent years, with the rapid development of technology--the internet, television, radio, gospel films, translations and distributions of
God's Word in foreign lands--the preaching of the gospel has been heard by more people than ever before in the history of mankind.
When this stirring hymn was written in 1719, however, the evangelical missionary movement that we know in our time had scarcely begun. In 1779 William Carey
was one of the first to try to persuade Christians to carry the gospel message to heathen countries of the world. Isaac Watts was certainly quite prophetic when he
paraphrased this text from Psalm 72. It is still considered to be one of the finest missionary hymns every written and has been sung in countless native tongues.
In the South Sea Islands in 1862, 5,000 primitive people sang this hymn as the king abolished their native laws and established a Christian constitution.
It is thrilling for us to realize that the praise of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem's humble Babe, is continuing to spread, and some day soon His kingdom will "spread from
shore to shore" and every tribe, language, people, and nation will bow down and exalt His name together!
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does his successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
'Til moons shall wax and wane no more.
Behold the islands with their kings,
And Europe her best tribute brings;
From north to south the princes meet,
To pay their homage at His feet.
There Persia, glorious to behold,
There India shines in eastern gold;
And barb’rous nations at His word
Submit, and bow, before their Lord.
To Him shall endless prayer be made,
And praises throng to crown His head;
His Name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.
People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His Name.
Blessings abound wherever He reigns;
The pris'ner leaps to lose his chains;
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blessed.
Where He displays His healing power,
Death and the curse are known no more:
In Him the tribes of Adam boast
More blessings than their father lost.
Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud amen!
Great God, whose universal sway
The known and unknown worlds obey,
Now give the kingdom to Thy Son,
Extend His power, exalt His throne.
The scepter well becomes His hands;
All Heav’n submits to His commands;
His justice shall avenge the poor,
And pride and rage prevail no more.
With power He vindicates the just,
And treads th’oppressor in the dust:
His worship and His fear shall last
'Til hours, and years, and time be past.
As rain on meadows newly mown,
So shall He send his influence down:
His grace on fainting souls distills,
Like heav’nly dew on thirsty hills.
The heathen lands, that lie beneath
The shades of overspreading death,
Revive at His first dawning light;
And deserts blossom at the sight.
The saints shall flourish in His days,
Dressed in the robes of joy and praise;
Peace, like a river, from His throne
Shall flow to nations yet unknown.
*For Today*: Psalm 10:16, Psalm 72, Isaiah 33:17, Zechariah 14:9, Revelation 11:15
Rejoice in the many endeavors in our day that work to spread the gospel around the world. Resolve to do more personally to assist through prayer and financial
support. Reflect on the truth of this hymn....
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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.
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