All Hail the Power

  • March 15, 2013
  • #8055

We need to remind this world that Christ is worthy of all power and glory, so warm up your vocal chords, because we’ve got some singing to do!

Psalm 51 says, “… my mouth will declare your praise.” And there’s nothing like praising God with a good hymn:

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem
And crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem
And crown Him Lord of all.

Oh, I love that hymn! Hi, I'm Joni Eareckson Tada — your friend who likes to sing, remember? And I have a singing game I’d like to tell you about. Well, really, it's more than a game. For me, it's serious fun because in my travels around the world, I will sometimes find myself in a great, cavernous symphony hall or maybe in Europe a big cathedral. If it's empty and no one is around, I will fill the place with music by singing this particular hymn — “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.” And I sing it as loud as I possibly can because I like to think I’m reminding these great places of who designed them, who is King of their square footage, who is Lord over their walls and ceilings … and that these grand cathedrals and halls are only great because God gave the ideas to the architects in the first place.

 The first big, important place I ever remember singing this hymn was in a railway station at eleven o'clock at night with a few of my friends from the high school choir. It was shortly after I was released out of the hospital after my diving accident, and my friends from high school choir thought that singing together would cheer me up. It certainly did, especially in that railway station late at night where our voices echoed. Then I remember singing “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” in Paris in the Notre Dame Cathedral. Then there was the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, and then I sang it in Westminster Abbey in London. And some time ago when I was in Australia and toured the Sydney Opera House, someone said, "Hey Joni, want to sing something?" Well, no one was around and I could think of no better song to fill the wide-open spaces of that world-renowned, acoustically perfect concert hall than to sing this signature hymn. Everywhere you and I go — friend, everywhere we visit, every place, every square foot of ground, is territory we can claim for a song for the God of all nations. All hail the power of Jesus’ name.

I want you to try it! The next time you're in a big empty building — or even the “great cathedral” of out-of-doors — declare His praise out loud in a psalm, a chorus, a hymn, a scripture song or a shout! And if you’d like some help, I want to send you a collection of hymns from my “Hymns for a Kid’s Heart” CD. It’s for you, it’s free, and it’s yours by visiting my radio page at joniandfriends.org. Just ask for your free CD of these 12 timeless hymns from “Hymns for a Kid’s Heart.” First Chronicles chapter 16 reminds us to “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Declare God's glory with me — and sing along with us at joniandfriends.org. Again, visit us today at joniandfriends.org.

© Joni and Friends 

 

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