On this date, May 21, 1738, Charles Wesley was converted. He wrote in his journal that the Spirit of God “chased away the darkness of my unbelief.”

Charles Wesley scholars indicate that a year after his own conversion experience, Charles wrote the famous hymn, “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” which he recommended for singing “on the anniversary of one’s conversion.” The song was written with nineteen verses. Here are four of them.

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.

chased away the darkness of my unbelief

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