Wondrous King, all glorious, Sovereign Lord victorious, O, receive our praise with favor!
These words begin a glorious hymn of praise composed by the German Reformed hymn-writer Joachim Neander (1650–1680). According to John Julian’s Dictionary of Hymnology, the hymn was based on Psalm 150:6, and intended for “Thanksgiving” with the original title: “Inciting oneself to the Praise of God.” It was published in 1680 (the year of Neander’s death) in a collection with other hymns that he had written, including “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.”
Neander composed both the tune and the text for “Wondrous King All-Glorious.” The first 16 measures of the tune are based on an often-used chord progression of his day. It is the same chord progression that Johann Pachelbel also adapted and made famous in his “Canon in D.” Pachelbel’s Canon was written sometime in the 1680s, near the time Neander’s tune was composed.
Wondrous King, All-Glorious
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:6)
Wondrous King, all glorious, Sovereign Lord victorious, O, receive our praise with favor! From thee welled God’s kindness Though we in our blindness Strayed from Thee, our blessed Savior. Strengthen Thou, Help us now; Let our tongues be singing, Thee our praises bringing.
Heavens, spread the story Of our Maker’s glory, All the pomp of earth obscuring. Sun, thy rays be sending, Thy bright beams expending, Light to all the earth assuring. Moon and star, Praise afar Him who glorious made you; The vast heavens aid you.
O my soul, rejoicing, Sing, thy praises voicing, Sing, with hymns of faith adore Him! All who here have being, Shout, your voices freeing, Bow down in the dust before Him. He is God Sabaoth; Praise alone the Savior, Here and there forever.
Hallelujahs render To the Lord most tender, Ye who know and love the Savior. Hallelujahs sing ye, Ye redeemed, O, bring ye Hearts that yield Him glad behavior. Blest are ye Endlessly; Sinless there forever, Ye shall laud Him ever.
Download free sheet music (PDF) for this hymn, including guitar chord charts, an arrangement of the hymn tune WUNDERBARER KÖNIG for classical guitar, and an arrangement for the tune for instrumental ensemble.
Below is a list of psalm settings, hymns, and spiritual songs that teach on the doctrine of Scripture: Special Revelation. The songs are arranged under 17 theological statements, including one for which I have not yet found related songs
If you have additional suggestions for songs related to the doctrine of Scripture that should be included in the index, please comment or send me a message.
Note: The songs are listed below by title and author. For more complete entries (including tunes and hymnal page numbers) see the page for Songs and God’s Word in the Theological Index of Music for Worship online. I will be updating the online Index with more songs and topics in the days ahead as I receive recommendations.