Fanny Crosby wrote this hymn in 1873–Blessed Assurance. Music by the Harpeth Gospel Quartet. Background sets by God’s creating hand.
P.S.–I’m early today because… We’ve got to get this email fixed so I can do my editorial work, and I don’t know how many hours it’s going to cost me today. But first the hymn!
Today’s long-delayed hymn: Dwelling in Beulah Land, by C. Austin Miles (1911), performed by Nathan and Lyle, family and friends, of Denton County, Texas.
What do you want to bet there aren’t any computers in Beulah Land?
This one’s for Phoebe–Do You Know My Jesus?, sung by the Fountainview Academy Choir. She had only heard this hymn once before, years ago, but had never forgotten it. I can see why.
I don’t know what language the subtitles are in, but my guess would be Rumanian. Anybody out there know for sure?
Let’s start the day with a hymn by Charles Wesley, Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise, also known as “The Ascension Hymn.” This, stated in music, is what we believe. Jesus Christ is risen; Christ is our salvation.
I wish I knew who was performing this, so I could give due credit.
I don’t know who’s singing this, but this is O Worship the King as I learned it in Sunday school, and taught myself to play it on my harmonica. The other melody, a little different, is actually older.
Listen. Mark the lyrics well. This is what we believe. This is the substance of our lives. Worship the King, the Lord Our God.
Welcome on a Saturday morning–and we have the kids from Fountainview Academy, British Columbia, performing Crown Him With Many Crowns. Just getting the piano to this location was an achievement in itself: but the hymn is beautiful.
A Few Good Men Music Ministry, from South Africa, sing No One Cares Like Jesus. This is gorgeous, glorious. Our souls need love, our souls need nourishment: and sometimes God dispenses it in music.
This is the news we want to hear, this is the news that’s true: Jesus Christ the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, shall reign forever over all the earth. This is Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning, sung by St. Polycarp’s Parish Choir in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
It’s said Fanny Crosby wrote this hymn off the top of her head, all at once, while visiting with the composer–who just happened to have the tune handy.
Anyway, this is the hymn that was in my head this morning, and I hope you like the video. God’s handiwork never fails to move me. Draw Me Nearer, with video by the Rosehill Church.
The only excuse I have for posting this hymn again is that I love it, and it deeply moves me–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Like so many of Wesley’s hymns, it’s a prayer set to music. And it tells us, “God is nigh.”