Tag Archives: classic hymns

‘Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior’

A Fanny Crosby hymn from 1868, performed in God’s great outdoors by the young people of Fountainview Academy: I do wish I could thank the soloist by name. May this hymn bless your day and mine.


‘Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise’

I wish I knew who was singing this gorgeous hymn from 1867, so I can give them credit. Well done, whoever you are.


‘O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Turn up the volume on this one–O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, by Charles Wesley. And read the lyrics: Wesley’s lyrics are always teaching, always bringing out treasure from the Scriptures.


Antidote to the News: ‘Light of the World’

By the time Saturday morning rolls around, the news of this dark and evil age feels to me like a bad sunburn. Every time you move, it hurts. You can’t bear to put your shirt on.

This hymn reveals the antidote: Jesus Christ. Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, has become one of my all-time favorite hymns, and I hope you like it, too. Jesus is that light, the true light, that lighteth every man who cometh into the world (John 1): the light the darkness cannot comprehend.


‘Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee’ (Libera)

I have to take Robbie to the vet this morning, but first the hymn for the day–Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, performed by Libera boys’ choir with orchestra backup.

Don’t worry: they just want to check and see how the treatment is working for her. We think the signs are positive.


Yes, He Shall Reign Forever and Ever!

We usually reserve The Hallelujah Chorus for Christmas time or Easter, but I think we want it today. We want to say to the wicked of this world, “We defy you in the name of Jesus Christ the King of Kings! And He shall reign forever, whether you like it or not–nothing you can do about it!”

This performance (indoors, for once) is by the kids at Fountainview Academy.


‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’ (Encore)

The author of this hymn, William Willams, has been called “the Welsh Charles Wesley”–and we have it for you in Welsh as well as English. You may know it from your hymnals as Cwm Rhondda. I mean those old hymnals that were actually bound and printed.


‘To Be a Pilgrim’ (Again)

I need a hymn to brace me up this morning, before this machine gives me a nervous breakdown. So here again, one of my favorites, To Be a Pilgrim–words by John Bunyan, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.


‘He Leadeth Me’ (Fountainview)

I needed medicine for my soul this morning, having had my blood brought to a boil by certain items in the news, and the medicine was this: He Leadeth Me, performed by the kids from Fountainview Academy while visiting Hawaii.

No, I will not discuss those news items today. God will always fight for the right, and the wicked will not win, even if it sure looks like they’re winning big, just now. But the day will come when we diligently search for the place of the wicked, and will not be able to find it.

Lead me, O Lord my God: lead me.


‘He Hideth My Soul’ (Family Sing-Along)

Written by Fanny Crosby in 1890, performed by Nathan and Lyle with family and friends in Denton County, Texas–He Hideth My Soul. This is the hymn I woke up with this morning. I hope it stirs you as it stirs me. Note the little boy playing with his horsie: makes you feel right at home, doesn’t it?


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