This hymn captures my confidence in the conquest of the nations by the gospel. Christ is King not merely over individual souls but over the nations of the earth. This is the testimony of the Bible (Psalm 2; Matt.28: 18,19; Isaiah 2:2; 40:5; Malachi 1:11), and it is the vision of The Christian Mind.
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does its successive journeys run,
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
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 where’er he reigns:
The prisoners leap to lose their chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all who suffer want are blest.
Let every creature rise and bring
The highest honors to our King,
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud amen.
Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
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