A pastor friend and I were discussing this hymn, and we found we had 2 different views of what is meant by this title that opens the first verse. 1) "A Thousand Tongues to Sing" refers to 1,000 voices- 1,000 people gathered together to praise God. My friend noted that especially at the time of this hymn's writing, a gathering of 1,000 people would have been especially significant in the minds of worshippers. He also noted the references to worship in Revelation, of people from every tribe and tongue worshipping God. 2) "A Thousand Tongues to Sing" is the desire of the singer to offer even much more praise to God, for He is worthy. In this case, it is one person who wishes that he (or she!) had so much praise to give God. The imagery is a bit absurd (intentionally), but very powerful. There is some textual evidence in the hymn that supports this; the writer uses first person singular pronouns rather than plurals. This does not necessarily require the 1,000 tongues belong all to one person. This is how I grew up thinking about the song- that God is worthy of all of my praise for redeeming me in Jesus, and how I long to give Him even more praise. What do you guys think? I'm planning to ask Mr. Wesley one day when I see him just what he meant... but maybe some of you have thoughts or background info. Thankfully, either of these messages glorify God greatly, whichever he meant by these words.