Posts Tagged ‘Hymns’

Seek Ye First (Hymn)

Seek Ye First
Eliza Hewitt (1901)

Seek ye first the kingdom; not the things of earth.
Priceless are the treasures of immortal worth.
Like a flitting shadow, time will pass away,
But the heav’nly riches change not, nor decay.

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“Seek ye first the kingdom,” ’tis the Master’s voice;
In His precious promise evermore rejoice.
“All things else,” His words are true, “shall be added unto you.”
In His precious promise, evermore rejoice.

Seek ye first the kingdom; seek the gift of God.
’Tis the Savior’s offer purchased by His blood.
Seek ye first His glory; be it life’s sweet aim;
Him to serve and honor, trusting in His Name.

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I thought that this short hymn would be a good one with which to begin the year.  Seeking Him first is a great thing to do in the New Year.  It is a great thing to do all the time.  As the last part of the hymn says “…be it life’s sweet aim; Him to serve and honor, trusting in His Name.”  That should be our life’s aim.  Let it ever be thus!


Hark, The Herald Angels Sing (Hymn)

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Charles Wesley (1739)

Hark!  The herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

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Hark!  The herald angels sing,Glory to the newborn King!

Christ, by highest Heaven adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.

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Hail the heavenly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

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Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display Thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.

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Adam’s likeness, now efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.

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I know that Christmas is over now, but “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” is probably my favorite Christmas hymn, so I had to put it in.  There is more deep doctrine in this hymn than we can find in most Christmas sermons around the country this Christmas season.  Every verse is powerful and it is a joy to sing.  I only wish we would sing Christmas hymns all year long!

 

Silent Night (Hymn)

Silent Night
Joseph Mohr (1818)

Silent Night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child,
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus Lord at Thy birth.

Silent night, holy night
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

To me, this is the classic Christmas hymn and it always makes me think of my Grandma as it was her favorite Christmas carol.  It has been translated in numerous languages and has been a blessing to people at Christmas time for nearly two hundred years.  I once read an article about it that said that during the Christmas truce in World War I, the French, English and German soldiers all sang this song together, as it was the only one they all knew.  “Christ the Savior is born.”  That is what Christmas is all about!

 

Away in a Manger (Hymn)

Away in a Manger
Traditional Carol

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.

Of all of the traditional Christmas carols, I think this one does the best job of “setting the mood” of what the night of Jesus’ birth was really like.  Of course, we know very little about that night and what really went on there where Mary laid the baby Jesus in the manger.  But it is interesting (especially during this time of year) to think about.  Even more interesting to think about is that God Himself lay still there in the manger, as a helpless baby.  And He did it for us.  What a wonderful Saviour!

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Hymn)

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1863)

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And thought how as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

I love the progression of this song.  It is easy to look around and feel despair.  It is easy to look around and see that there is no peace on earth.  We can see all of the hate and sin, and it does seem to mock the promise of “peace on earth and good will to men.”  But then we hear the Christmas bells and they remind us “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep…”  What a wonderful Saviour and what a wonderful time of the year is Christmas!

O Come All Ye Faithful (Hymn)

O Come All Ye Faithful
John Wade (1743)

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;

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O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

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Yea, Lord we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

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“Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.”  That phrase basically sums up the entire Christmas story.  God Himself came down to earth.  God became a man and took on flesh.  It truly is an amazing story and one worthy of celebration!  This year, maybe we should try to focus on the Saviour and all He has done for us for the entire Christmas season!

Joy to the World (Hymn)

Joy to the World
Isaac Watts (1719)

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

It’s getting closer to Christmas (my favorite season of the year!) so I thought we would start looking at some Christmas hymns today!  To me, this is one of the most encouraging of the Christmas hymns.  Doctrinally, I believe that it is dealing more with Christ’s second coming and His millennial reign than with His first coming and Christmas, but it is a great hymn nevertheless.  He does bring joy to the world, and He is the only One Who brings joy to the world!

 

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (Hymn)

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Dorothy Thrupp (1836)

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

We are Thine, Thou dost befriend us, be the guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to Thee.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to Thee.

Early let us seek Thy favor, early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Savior, with Thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.

The Bible refers to God’s people many times as “sheep” and that is a very fitting description.  Sheep are not particularly smart and they are very prone to getting lost and getting themselves into trouble.  That is why we need a Shepherd.  Fortunately, we have “the Great Shepherd.”  He has promised to lead us; we only need to follow Him!

Savior Lead Me (Hymn)

Savior Lead Me
Frank Davis (1880)

Savior, lead me, lest I stray,
Gently lead me all the way;
I am safe when by Thy side,
I would in Thy love abide.

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Lead me, lead me, Savior, lead me lest I stray;
Gently down the stream of time,
Lead me, Savior, all the way.

Thou the refuge of my soul
When life’s stormy billows roll;
I am safe when Thou art nigh,
All my hopes on Thee rely.

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Savior, lead me, then at last,
When the storm of life is past,
To the land of endless day,
Where all tears are wiped away.

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This should be the prayer of every Christian.  We should all desperately want to be led by the Lord.  If He is not leading us and if we are not following Him, we are going to stray.  He will never lead us in the wrong way, but we will always lead ourselves in the wrong way.  Who are we following today?

Savior, I Will Follow Thee (Hymn)

Savior, I Will Follow Thee
Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1921)

Savior, I will follow Thee;
Thou art all the world to me;
Tho’ the way I cannot see,
Savior, I will follow Thee.

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Follow Thee, I will follow Thee,
Follow Thee, I will follow Thee;
Follow till the day is done,
Follow till the crown is won,
Savior, I will follow Thee.

Savior, I will follow Thee,
Tho’ it lead me to the cross;
Counting all things here but dross,
Savior, I will follow Thee.

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Savior, I will follow Thee,
Tho’ it lead through toil and tears;
Through the long and weary years,
Savior, I will follow Thee.

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Savior, I will follow Thee
Till the toils of life are o’er;
Till I reach the golden shore,
Savior, I will follow Thee.

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To me, the first verse of this hymn sums up the Christian life perfectly: “Savior, I will follow Thee; Thou art all the world to me; Tho’ the way I cannot see, Savior, I will follow Thee.”  We need to follow Jesus.  He is our life and our world.  We, in our own strength, can’t even see where we are going.  But, as long as we follow Him, we will be fine.  This is a great hymn with a great promise that we can make to the Lord.  Are we following Him today?