Posts Tagged ‘Hymns’

The Savior Calls (Hymn)

The Savior Calls
Anne Steele (1760)

The Savior calls; let every ear
Attend the heav’nly sound.
Ye doubting souls, dismiss your fear;
Hope smiles reviving round.

For every thirsty, longing heart
Here streams of bounty flow,
And life and health and bliss impart
To banish mortal woe.

Here springs of sacred pleasures rise
To ease your every pain;
Immortal fountain, full supplies!
Nor shall you thirst in vain.

Ye sinners, come, ’tis Mercy’s voice;
The gracious call obey;
Mercy invites to heav’nly joys,
And can you yet delay?

Dear Savior, draw reluctant hearts;
To Thee let sinners fly
And take the bliss Thy love imparts
And drink and never die.

This was a poem written by Anne Steele in 1760.  It wasn’t set to music for about another seventy years.  Many of our hymns are like that – they start out as poems written to and/or about the Lord and then someone comes along and puts them to music.  But they are a blessing either way.  This poem/hymn speaks of the great truth that Jesus is calling.  He is calling the sinner to Himself and He is calling the saint to stay close by His side.  Are we listening?

Savior, Blessed Savior (Hymn)

Savior, Blessed Savior
Godfrey Thring (1862)

Savior, blessed Savior, listen while we sing;
Hearts and voices ringing, praises to our King;
All we have to offer, all we hope to be,
Body, soul, and spirit, all we yield to Thee.

Near, ever nearer, Christ, we draw to Thee,
Deep in adoration bending low the knee;
Thou for our redemption camest on earth to die;
Thou, that we might follow, hast gone up on high.

Great and ever greater, are Thy mercies here;
True and everlasting are the glories there,
Where no pain nor sorrow, toil nor care is known,
Where the angel legions circle round Thy throne.

Dark and ever darker, was the wintry past,
Now a ray of gladness o’er our path is cast;
Every day that passeth, every hour that flies,
Tells of love unfeigned, love that never dies.

Clearer still and clearer dawns the light from Heav’n,
In our sadness bringing news of sin forgiven;
Life has lost its shadows, pure the light within;
Thou hast shed Thy radiance on a world of sin.

Brighter still and brighter glows the western sun,
Shedding all its gladness o’er our work that’s done;
Time will soon be over, toil and sorrow past,
May we, blessed Savior, find a rest at last.

Onward, ever onward, journeying o’er the road
Worn by saints before us, journeying on to God;
Leaving all behind us, may we hasten on,
Backward never looking till the prize is won.

Higher, then, and higher bear the ransomed soul,
Earthly toils forgetting, Savior, to its goal;
Where in joys un-thought of saints with angels sing,
Never weary, raising, praises to their King.

I am not familiar with this hymn, but I came across the words the other day and it is a great one.  Many songs and hymns can be a great blessing even if you are not familiar with the tune that goes with them.  Even simply reading them like poetry can be a blessing and encouragement.  That is how I look at this hymn.  My favorite line is probable this: “Every day that passeth, every hour that flies, Tells of love unfeigned, love that never dies.”  Amen to that.

Saved, Saved (Hymn)

 

Saved, Saved
Jack Scholfield (1911)

I’ve found a Friend, who is all to me,
His love is ever true;
I love to tell how He lifted me
And what His grace can do for you.

Refrain
Saved by His power divine,
Saved to new life sublime!
Life now is sweet and my joy is complete,
For I’m saved, saved, saved!

He saves me from every sin and harm,
Secures my soul each day;
I’m leaning strong on His mighty arm;
I know He’ll guide me all the way.

Refrain

When poor and needy, and all alone,
In love He said to me,
“Come unto Me and I’ll lead you home,
To live with Me eternally.”

Refrain

Any hymn that deals with our salvation and praises the Lord for it is a good one in my book.  The refrain of this hymn sums it up perfectly: “Saved by His power divine, Saved to new life sublime!  Life now is sweet and my joy is complete, For I’m saved, saved, saved!”  He has given us life and joy and has saved us from our sin.  What a wonderful Saviour!

 

Saved by the Blood (Hymn)

Saved by the Blood
S. J. Henderson (1902)

Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!
Now ransomed from sin and a new work begun,
Sing praise to the Father and praise to the Son,
Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!

Refrain

Glory, I’m saved! Glory, I’m saved!
My sins are all pardoned, my guilt is all gone!
Glory, I’m saved! Glory, I’m saved!
I am saved by the blood of the Crucified One!

Refrain

Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!
The angels rejoicing because it is done;
A child of the Father, joint heir with the Son,
Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!

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Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!
The Father He spake, and His will it was done;
Great price of my pardon, His own precious Son;
Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!

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Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!
All hail to the Father, all hail to the Son,
All hail to the Spirit, the great Three in One!
Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!

Refrain

This is the hymn that I was looking for last week when I found the one by the same name written by Fanny Crosby.  I love singing this hymn and my favorite verse is the first: “Glory, I’m saved! Glory, I’m saved!  My sins are all pardoned, my guilt is all gone!  Glory, I’m saved! Glory, I’m saved!  I am saved by the blood of the Crucified One!”  I love those lines!  I am saved by the blood of the Crucified One!  What a wonderful Savior!

Saved by the Blood (Hymn)

Saved by the Blood
Fannie Crosby (1875)

We’re saved by the blood
That was drawn from the side
Of Jesus our Lord,
When He languished and died.

Refrain
Hallelujah to God,
For redemption so free;
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
Dear Savior, to Thee.

O yes, ’tis the blood
Of the Lamb that was slain;
He conquered the grave,
And He liveth again.

Refrain

We’re saved by the blood;
We are sealed by its power;
’Tis life to the soul,
And is hope every hour.

Refrain

That blood is a fount
Where the vilest may go
And wash till their souls
Shall be whiter than snow.

Refrain

We’re saved by the blood,
Hallelujah again;
We’re saved by the blood,
Hallelujah, Amen.

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I am not familiar with this hymn, and I came across it by accident while looking for a different hymn of the same name.  But after having read the words, I decided to include it today.  “Hallelujah to God, for redemption so free; Hallelujah, hallelujah, Dear Savior, to Thee.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Saved by Grace (Hymn)

Saved by Grace
Fanny Crosby (1891)

Some day the silver cord will break,
And I no more as now shall sing;
But oh, the joy when I shall wake
Within the palace of the King!

Refrain
And I shall see Him face to face,
And tell the story—Saved by grace;
And I shall see Him face to face,
And tell the story—Saved by grace.

Some day my earthly house will fall.
I cannot tell how soon ’twill be;
But this I know—my All in All
Has now a place in Heav’n for me.

Refrain

Some day, when fades the golden sun
Beneath the rosy tinted west,
My blessed Lord will say, “Well done!”
And I shall enter into rest.

Refrain

Some day: till then I’ll watch and wait,
My lamp all trimmed and burning bright,
That when my Savior opens the gate,
My soul to Him may take its flight.

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I always enjoy hymns that speak of salvation.  We are saved by grace that should be a constant theme through our lives and through our songs.  We cannot praise the Lord too much for the infinite mercy and grace that He has shown to us.  I am today saved by grace and saved by grace alone.  What a wonderful Saviour!

Saved! (Hymn)

Saved!
Oswald Smith (1917)

Saved! saved! saved! my sins are all forgiv’n;
Christ is mine! I’m on my way to Heav’n;
Once a guilty sinner, lost, undone,
Now a child of God, saved thro’ His Son.

Refrain
Saved! I’m saved thro’ Christ, my all in all;
Saved! I’m saved, whatever may befall;
He died upon the cross for me,
He bore the awful penalty;
And now I’m saved eternally—
I’m saved! saved! saved!

Saved! saved! saved! by grace and grace alone;
Oh, what wondrous love to me was shown,
In my stead Christ Jesus bled and died,
Bore my sins, for me was crucified.

Refrain

Saved! saved! saved! oh, joy beyond compare!
Christ my life, and I His constant care;
Yielding all and trusting Him alone,
Living now each moment as His own.

Refrain

This is a hymn we sing fairly often in my church, and I always enjoy singing it.  This is the type of hymn that you really can’t sing unless you are indeed “Saved!”  It is a wonderful thing and truly a “joy beyond compare” to be saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.  What a wonderful Savior!

Satisfied (Hymn)

Satisfied
Clara Williams (1875)

All my life I had a longing
For a drink from some clear spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.

Refrain
Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings,
Through His blood I now am saved.

Feeding on the husks around me,
Till my strength was almost gone,
Longed my soul for something better,
Only still to hunger on.

Refrain

Poor I was, and sought for riches,
Something that would satisfy,
But the dust I gathered round me
Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.

Refrain

Well of water, ever springing,
Bread of life so rich and free,
Untold wealth that never faileth,
My Redeemer is to me.

Refrain

I love the progression found in the verses of this hymn. It starts out with us thirsting and searching for something,  but being unable to quench that thirst.  The next verse brings to mind the story of the prodigal son, who was “feeding on the husks” around him.  The third verse continues the sad search.  But the refrain and the fourth verse burst with life and hope: “Hallelujah! I have found Him!”  What a wonderful truth found in a wonderful song!

Salvation! O the Joyful Sound (Hymn)

Salvation!  O the Joyful Sound!
Isaac Watts (1709)

Salvation! O the joyful sound!
What pleasure to our ears!
A sovereign balm for every wound,
A cordial for our fears.

Buried in sorrow and in sin,
And at hell’s dark door we lay;
But we arise by grace divine
To see a heavenly day.

Glory, honor, praise, and power,
Be unto the Lamb forever:
Jesus Christ is our Redeemer:
Hallelujah, Praise the Lord.

Salvation! let the echo fly
The spacious earth around;
While all the armies of the sky
Conspire to raise the sound!

Salvation! O Thou bleeding Lamb,
To Thee the praise belongs;
Salvation shall inspire our hearts,
And dwell upon our tongues.

And song that speaks of salvation should be a delight to the ears and heart of a Christian.  Isaac Watts was an English hymn writer who clearly loved and appreciated his salvation.  Singing and thinking about hymns like this one will help us to love and appreciate it as well!

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me (Hymn)

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
Edward Hopper (1871)

Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee;
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

While th’Apostles’ fragile bark
Struggled with the billows dark,
On the stormy Galilee,
Thou didst walk upon the sea;
And when they beheld Thy form,
Safe they glided through the storm.

Though the sea be smooth and bright,
Sparkling with the stars of night,
And my ship’s path be ablaze
With the light of halcyon days,
Still I know my need of Thee;
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When the darkling heavens frown,
And the wrathful winds come down,
And the fierce waves, tossed on high,
Lash themselves against the sky,
Jesus, Savior, pilot me,
Over life’s tempestuous sea.

As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will,
When Thou sayest to them, “Be still!”
Wondrous Sovereign of the sea,
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
’Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
“Fear not, I will pilot thee.”

As I mentioned last week, I have always enjoyed the sea and things associated with it, so I also enjoy this hymn, which was first published in the “The Sailor’s Magazine” in 1871.  Edward Hopper was involved in a ministry that ministered to sailors in New York City.  This is a great hymn for an actual sailor to sing, but it is also a great hymn for us who are not actual sailors to sing.  We need Jesus to pilot our lives, and keep us through the storms, which He has promised to do!