To God be the glory, great things He hath done – praise the Lord

To God be the glory - Christian songs

Introduction

To God be the glory is a Hymn by the prodigious hymn text writer Fanny J. Crosby. It was set to music by William Howard Doane

To God be the glory was first published in 1870, in “Songs of Devotion” 

This text and “Blessed Assurance” are among the best-known and most-loved hymn texts of the thousands by Crosby. 

The song was initially ignored in the United States. It was, however, very popular in Great Britain. The hymn was sung in British churches after being included in Ira D. Sankey’s Sacred Songs and Solos in 1903.

In contrast to many gospel hymns (including most of Crosby’s texts), “To God Be the Glory” directs our attention away from a personal experience of God to his perfect glory

To God be the Glory celebrates the goodness and love of God in our lives. A love so intense and wonderful that it led Him to send his only son Jesus Christ to come and die for the forgiveness of our numerous transgressions.  

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 

Stanza 2 talks of the perfect redemptive power we enjoy through Jesus’ blood. This redemption is promised, “to every believer who truly believes”.

Even the vilest offender receives complete pardon the moment they believe. Christ is the propitiation for our sins and those of the whole world.

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2

Stanza 3 speaks of how great our rejoicing will be when God calls us unto Himself.

“To God Be the Glory” celebrates God’s greatness and love, and it calls us to appreciate the wondrous things He has done.

It is a glorious hymn to be sung, rejoicing fully in a spirit of gratitude.

To God Be The Glory, performed by the Royal Albert Hall audience and stage choirs in 2012.

Lyrics

Stanza 1
To God be the glory, great things He hath done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

Stanza 2
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Stanza 3
Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

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