O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise; The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace!
One of the 6,000 hymns written by Charles Wesley, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing was written by Wesley in 1739 to commemorate the first anniversary of his conversion.
Charles Wesley, the greatest hymn-writer in Methodist history, wrote over six thousand hymns, some of which have attained the first rank in English hymnody. He and his brother, John Wesley, admitted that they made more converts through their hymns than through their preaching.
Charles Wesley usually celebrated each anniversary of his birthday by writing a hymn of praise to God. Little wonder, therefore, that the first anniversary of his conversion, his spiritual birthday, should be celebrated by one of the most helpful hymns in use among Methodists.