Hymns of Thanksgiving Day 1: To God Be the Glory
For the next 9 days, Vine to Branches will be featuring a new study on hymns that speak to us of thankfulness. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on the many things we have been blessed with, thanking our Father for each one. We will share a different hymn each day and a few thoughts for your meditation. We hope you’ll join us each day, and that in our readings we will lift our hearts and voices to our Creator God who has done great and mighty things for us.
“Great things He has done!” Oh, how this resonates with me. As I look back over my life, there have been so many times when God’s greatness has shone through. It isn’t just that He’s good when my life is comfortable and happy, but it’s a truth that permeates every moment of every day.
Sister Crosby understood that God’s greatness was linked to His identity—perfect, holy and spotless. He gave His Son to atone for our sin. This should prompt us to a posture of thanksgiving and praise—not in quiet, hushed tones, but in raised voices the whole earth can hear. As long as we live and have breath we can praise the LORD. And as we close our eyes in death, only then will we gasp with wonder as we finally behold His precious face. Give thanks today for our great God! Lift your voice in praises and rejoice—He is worthy of it all!
To God Be the Glory
(Frances J. Crosby, 1875)
To God be the glory, great things He hath 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.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.
Oh, 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 hath taught us, great things He hath 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.