It’s interesting at times when your heart is breaking the things that are brought to mind. For me, yesterday, it brought the memory of a man who exuded joy and the lasting memory of a song whose words run deeper than almost any other.
The man was Dr. Dan Pecota, or Doc Pecota as he is known. Amazing man and professor while I was at Northwest–he was the example of a Christian that more should have seen, but that those of us who have the blessing to have met, he certainly rubbed off on us.
The song is one that he loved, and that often would be one of the hymns we’d sing at the beginning of class. It was written by Charles Wesley, and for me what has always struck me is the absolute beauty and perhaps more importantly, the depth of the words…especially in light of so many pop Christian songs, that may have a good chorus, but whose words are quite forgettable. The song is O For a Thousand Tongues, and the a few of the verses below:
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise
The glories of my God and King
The triumphs of His grace!
My gracious Master and my God
Assist me to proclaim
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.
Jesus! the name that charms our fears
That bids our sorrows cease;
Tis music in the sinner’s ears
’Tis life, and health, and peace.
He breaks the power of canceled sin
He sets the prisoner free
His blood can make the foulest clean
His blood availed for me.