Friday, January 10, 2014

Hymn of the Month -- Jesus Shall Reign

In 1719  Isaac Watts published his book, The Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament. He included in it songs based on most of the Psalms, including Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun, which identified Jesus as the king praised in Psalm 72.

It is a wonderful hymn, proclaiming the glory of Jesus as king of all. It is still a beloved hymn in the church today.

A modern hymn which also proclaims the glory of Jesus as king was written in 2003 by Peter Furler. It is He Reigns and is sung by the Newsboys. This song stirs my heart every time we sing it. Our world is in a mess -- wars, poverty, crises in families, communities, and nations. It can seem dark and frightening. Yet this song reminds us not only that Jesus shall reign, but that He reigns now! And our brothers and sisters around the world join us in worship of King Jesus!

If yo'd like to know more about Isaac Watts, click here.

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