Jesus shall reign where’er the sun

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Doth his successive journeys run;
His Kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
To Him shall endless prayer be made.
And princes throng to crown His head,
His name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.
People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.
Blessings abound where’er He reigns:
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.
Where He displays His healing power
Death and the curse are known no more;
In Him the tribes of Adam boast
More blessings than their father lost.
Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen.

PortHarcourt, Rivers, Nigeria

Takes me back to my growing up years. My father and mother leading the hymn during family devotions in the evening. We need you Lord Jesus, now more than ever.

Rev.Cliff Emele

São Paulo, Brazil

Lovely him that takes me back to my high school, boarding school days in the early 1960s, in Africa, a hymn not only an awakening call but one of praise that also calls for one’s dedication to the mission of propagating the Gospel. May He reign for ever and ever, amen.

Beauty Mwansa

Mufulira, Copperbelt, Zambia

A sure assurance hymn that draws me closer and to God and family. Make me feel his presence. It reminds me of my mother - Doris Mumba Mwansa who had a closer walk with her God and her favourite Psalm 94:9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear? ... A hymn that stands a test of time.

Ana Lara

United States

One of the earliest hymns written with a missionary emphasis. This is another of the more than 600 hymns written by Isaac Watts. When this text was written in 1719, the evangelical missionary movement had scarcely begun. It was not until 1779 that William Carey began to stir Christians with their responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission to the heathen. An Anglican Bishop once told Carey, “ Young man, if God wants to save the heathen, he will do so without any help from you. ”

This is considered one of the finest missionary hymns ever written and one of the most widely used. The text, one of the newer metrical versions of the psalms by Watts, is a paraphrase of Psalm 72. It has been sung by missionaries in many different languages.

The story is told of an event in the South Sea Islands in 1862 when 5, 000 natives sang this hymn as their native king replaced a pagan constitution with a Christian one.

The tune, ”Duke Street, ” was composed for this text by John Hatton in 1793. Nothing much is known about Hatton except that he was born in Warrington, England, and that he was killed in a stagecoach accident shortly after composing this tune. The tune is thought to be named after the street on which he lived in the village of St. Hellen’s England. The tune first appeared in Henry Boyd’s “A Select Collection of Psalms and Hymn Tunes in 1793. ” It was originally intended for use with Addison’s setting of Psalm 19.

Rev. David K Holdbrook.

This is the icing my cake this morning.

What joy the celebration of the birth of Jesus brings..

The last stanza say it all.

Blessing Onugha

Ogudu, Lagos, Nigeria

This hymn has lifted my soul this morning and it gives me joy. In fact l love this hymn, highly spiritual. Thanks

Ubleni Emanghe

Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria

Soulful, lifting and evergreen. Songs that formed me. Hallelujah. Evokes the true essence of Mission.

His dominion is for EVERMORE. Amen


Sapele, Delta, Nigeria

Thank You Jesus for paying the greatest on the cross of Calvary for me.

You shall continue to reign till infinity.


Cece Cathy

Kampala, Uganda

So ministered to by this hymn. Never aging but always refreshing. Such anoited words.

Kofi Nyame

Tema, Greater Accra, Ghana

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever... Rev. 11:15b

A Powerful hymn that RESOUNDS with the scripture above.

Indeed our Lord shall reign forever.