A Hymn For Meditation


Isaac Watts, by unknown artist. See source web...
Isaac Watts, by unknown artist. See source website for additional information. This set of images was gathered by User:Dcoetzee from the National Portrait Gallery, London website using a special tool. All images in this batch are listed as “unknown author” by the NPG, who is diligent in researching authors, and was donated to the NPG before 1939 according to their website. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does his 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.

Blessings abound wherever He reigns;
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains;

The weary find eternal rest,

And all the sons of want are blessed.

 Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;

Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud amen!

                          Isaac Watts

  •  What are the benefits of Jesus’ reign in the heart of a believer?
  • This hymn ranges over images both temporal and eternal. What are examples of each?
  • Where can you find biblical images similar to the imagery in this hymn?
  • Can you think of psalms that include similar thoughts?
  • What comforting thoughts come to mind when you read or sing this hymn?