‘King Alfred’s War Song’

I thought it might be nice to see the lyrics of this ancient hymn. Did King Alfred the Great really write it? We can’t say for sure; but certainly he could have. I also can’t say who, exactly, produced this video. But you won’t get a version that’s easier to sing along with.

We need heroes like King Alfred. May the Lord our God provide them.

‘Praise Ye the Lord’

This is simply glorious–Praise Ye the Lord, sung as a round by the whole congregation at Christ Church in Moscow, idaho. The drum in the background is wonderful, too. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

By Request, ‘Blessed Assurance’

Okay! Book chapter’s written, and I’ve got to write a Newswithviews column, somehow–but first we have a hymn request from Erlene–Blessed Assurance, by Fanny Crosby in 1873, sung by the Harpeth Gospel Quartet.

‘This Is My Father’s World’

I don’t think I know a hymn more beautiful than this one–This Is My Father’s World. Performed outdoors by students at Fountainview Academy.

“This is my father’s world! O let me ne’er forget/ That tho’ the wrong seems oft so strong,/ He is the ruler yet.”

By Request, ‘When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder’

Our dear friend and sister, Erlene, isn’t feeling well this morning, so please join in prayer for her. Meanwhile, she thought she’d like to hear this hymn, When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder. We happen to have a guitar and banjo rendition of it by our friends and esteemed colleagues, Joshua & Jeremy Swanson.

Here’s your hymn, Erlene–from Japan, by way of New Jersey.

‘Jesus Saves’

No hymn requests are in this morning, so I resort to one of my favorites–Jesus Saves, sung at the 2012 Synod of the United Reformed Church in North America, held at Nyack College. And that’s the majestic Hudson River in the background.

Antidote! ‘Stand Up, Stand Up, for Jesus’

(Suggested last night by “thewhiterabbit”)

The good news is, we don’t have to save ourselves by our own strength. The Lord Our God has given us work to do, and we can do it. As for the wicked insanity of this age–well, this is where the rubber meets the road. Either we believe God’s word and stand on His promises, and trust in His righteousness, His almighty power… or we don’t.

Let’s believe what we preach!

By Request, ‘The Lord Will Provide’

Requested by Susan, written by John Newton (who wrote Amazing Grace), and here performed by Matthew Smith–The Lord Will Provide. Take the lyrics nice and slow: they teach us something important.

Bonus Hymn, By Request, ‘Beulah Land’

Requested by Susan–Beulah Land, sung by Casting Crowns.

In Isaiah 62:4 we find the only mention of the world “Beulah” in the Bible, in a prophecy of God’s restoration of Israel to a place of honor. In this context, Beulah means “married”–as in “married to the LORD.”

By Request, ‘Standing on the Promises’

We have to thank Janet for requesting this lively hymn–Standing on the Promises, gloriously performed by the Harpet Gospel Quartet. Published in 1886 and still going strong!