~* MAJESTIC SWEETNESS SITS ENTHRONED *~
Samuel Stennett, 1727-1795

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Hebrews 2:9


The dominant theme of the beautifully expressed text in this hymn, "Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned," is the adoration of Jesus Christ. It is based on the descriptive passage found in the Song of Solomon 5:10-16. Here the awaiting maiden, anticipated the return of her true love, describes him with such terms as "Chief among ten thousand," "head of pure gold," "body like polished ivory," "altogether lovely...."

The Bible often refers to believers as the bride of Christ. We too are awaiting the return of our true love, the One Who is "fairer than the fairest".

This hymn text originally had nine stanzas and was titled "The Chief Among Ten Thousand" or "The Excellencies of Christ". It first appeared in Rippon's famous Baptist collection, A Selection of Hymns from the Best of Authors, published in 1787.

The author, Samuel Stennett, was a well-known Baptist pastor in London, England, and was regarded as one of the outstanding preachers of his day. Dr. Stennett was also an influential writer on numerous theological subjects as well as the author of thirty-nine hymns. Despite his many accomplishments, however, he will always be best remembered for these beautiful words of adoration often used in communion services as well as for spiritual enrichment during times of personal devotions.



Majestic sweetness sits enthroned
Upon the Savior’s brow;
His head with radiant glories crowned,
His lips with grace o’erflow,
His lips with grace o’erflow.

To Christ, the Lord, let every tongue
Its noblest tribute bring
When He’s the subject of the song,
Who can refuse to sing?
Who can refuse to sing?

Survey the beauties of His face,
And on His glories dwell;
Think of the wonders of His grace,
And all His triumphs tell.
And all His triumphs tell!

No mortal can with Him compare
Among the sons of men;
Fairer is He than all the fair
Who fill the heav’nly train,
Who fill the heav’nly train.

He saw me plunged in deep distress
And flew to my relief;
For me He bore the shameful cross
And carried all my grief,
And carried all my grief.

His hand a thousand blessings pours
Upon my guilty head:
His presence gilds my darkest hours,
And guards my sleeping bed.
And guards my sleeping bed.

To Him I owe my life and breath
And all the joys I have;
He makes me triumph over death
And saves me from the grave,
And saves me from the grave.

To Heav’n, the place of His abode,
He brings my weary feet;
Shows me the glories of my God,
And makes my joys complete.
And makes my joys complete!

Since from His bounty I receive
Such proofs of love divine,
Had I a thousand hearts to give,
Lord, they should all be Thine.
Lord, they should all be Thine!



*For Today*: Song of Solomon 5:10-16; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3

Express in your own words your feelings of love and adoration to your heavenly Bridegroom for all that He means in your life and the anticipation of someday soon actually seeing Him. Allow these musical truths to help you during this time of personal devotions.

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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