A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalAll Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

By Edward Perronet

1 .All hail the power of Jesus’ Name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown him Lord of all.

‎2. Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,
Ye ransomed of the fall,
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
And crown him Lord of all.

‎3. Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe,
On this terrestrial ball,
To him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all.

‎4. O that with yonder sacred throng
We at his feet may fall;
We’ll join the everlasting song,
And crown him Lord of all. 

  • Contemporary people don’t think much about anyone’s name, including God’s name. The Bible, however, treats names with immense respect, especially God’s name. Why?
  • Given the biblical view of names, what is the hymn writer saying about Jesus’ name in this song?
  • What biblical teaching explains the writer’s assertion that Christians are the “chosen seed” of Israel?
  • For whom does the hymnwriter believe Christ and his work to be relevant? Can you think of any twentieth century Christian who has lived the truth of the words of verse 3?
  • Where could you find the biblical foundation for the reference to a “sacred throng” in verse 4? What does this image tell you about Jesus?
  • If you owned a photography business and chose to reject orders to photograph ceremonies for same-sex couples who want to be married, what part of this hymn might you want to sing? Does this hymn have anything to say to a same-sex couple that wants to compel Christians to participate in their nuptial celebration?

 

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