The National Anthem

National anthems reverberate around the globe year on year. Clutching a flag or maybe with hand over heart, patriots sing out lustily in their own language. Some tunes seem melodious, while others wander here, there, and everywhere, up and down and then, with a flourish, cease - exhausted but triumphant. The author of our own, ‘God save the King,’ is unknown but was adopted as the anthem in September1745, during the reign of George II.

All anthems proudly call their people to attention, whilst proclaiming allegiance to country, leader or monarch. This year, for the first time, I shall be ‘singing’ mine in a different language – British Sign Language for the Deaf. Fortunately, no one will hear my voice but simply see my hand movements and facial expressions.

Although I am a resident, born and bred in England and as such King Charles is my monarch, my worship is towards a Higher King into whose presence I shall enter one day when I shall have taken my final breath.

On earth what Christian anthem is suitable for our Heavenly King? 

The hymn, ‘Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne…’ must be a major contender; closely followed by the famous oratorio ‘Messiah’ composed by Handel in1741; particularly the Hallelujah chorus.

‘Hallelujah…for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth, hallelujah.

King of Kings and Lord of Lords…and He shall reign forever and ever…’

But in heaven, the loud cry to the King of Kings is:

‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

To receive power and riches and wisdom,

And strength and honour and glory and blessing!’