Samuel Medley, 1738-1799

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
Psalm 73:25

The distinctiveness of biblical Christianity is that it focuses all of its teachings and emphasis on a single Person, Jesus Christ--the God-man. All that we really know about our heavenly Father is learned from this One Who lived among us for some thirty-three years, as recorded in the written Word, the Holy Bible.

Some people speak eloquently about the Fatherhood of God, yet they seldom extol the virtues of Christ. Some concentrate all worship on the Holy Spirit of God only. But without a biblical, saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and a personal relationship with Him, our understanding of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit is incomplete. The Scriptures teach that the Messiah is the visible representation of the invisible Godhead (John 4:9).

Samuel Medley served in the British Royal Navy until he was wounded in battle at the age of twenty-one. While recuperating from his injury, he was converted to Christ as he was reading a sermon by Isaac Watts. Soon Medley felt the call of God to the ministry and pastored several Baptist churches, including one in Liverpool, where he was especially successful, particularly in work with young sailors.

This hymn text first appeared in Medley's hymnal of 1789. It was originally titled, "Praise of Jesus", and it presents a rich picture of our Lord. It extols His matchless worth, unfathomable to the human mind; His redemptive work; His characters and many forms of love; His righteousness; and the fact that He will one day receive us to an eternal heavenly Home!

O could I speak the matchless worth,
O could I sound the glories forth
which in my Savior shine!
Id sing His glorious righteousness
and magnify the wondrous grace
Which made salvation mine,
which made salvation mine.

Id sing the precious blood He gave,
My ransom from the dreadful grave
of sin, and wrath divine;
Id sing His glorious righteousness
in which all perfect, heavenly dress
My soul shall ever shine,
my soul shall ever shine.

Id sing the character He bears,
And all the forms of love He wears,
exalted on His throne;
In loftiest songs of sweetest praise,
I would to everlasting days
Make all His glories known,
make all His glories known.

Soon, the delightful day will come
When my dear Lord will bring me Home,
and I shall see His face;
Then with my Savior, Brother, Friend,
a blessed eternity Ill spend,
Triumphant in His grace,
triumphant in His grace.

*For Today*: Psalm 73:21-28; Matthew 14:33, 27:54, 28:18; Philippians 2:9-11

Spend a few moments delighting yourself in Christ alone.

Music Courtesy of The CyberHymnal

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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