Tag Archives: classic hymns

Encore: Jesus Shall Reign

I’m posting this yesterday for release today. Does that make any sense? Jesus Shall Reign, by Isaac Watts: “Blessings abound where’er He reigns.”

‘Praise to the Lord, the Almighty’

This was one of my mother’s favorite hymns, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, sung here by the Altar of Praise Men’s Chorale. It was written in the 1600s by Pastor Joachim Neander–for whom the Neanderthal Valley, in Germany is named: and for whom, indirectly, Neanderthal Man is named.

Why are these beautiful pictures shown with so many of the hymns? Because they are pictures of God’s handiwork–hymns sung to God by His Creation itself.

John Bunyan’s Hymn

This is the only hymn known for sure to have been by John Bunyan, famous for Pilgrim’s Progress. It reminds us that the pilgrim’s way is hard, but that we have a Helper who can never fail. To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan: and this is my favorite rendition of it, by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

Bonus Hymn, ‘To God Be the Glory’

To God Be the Glory is one of the thousands of hymns written by Fanny Crosby, sung here by the Apostolic Men’s Christian Group.

Why so many mountains? Because the Bible is full of hills and mountains, naturally-occurring imagery for God… I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, whence cometh my help… –Psalm 121:1

Welsh Hymn, ‘Hyfrydol’

Hyfrydol has been a favorite of mine ever since Sunday school. There are several sets of English lyrics written for it, but here it is in its original Welsh, sung by the Black Mountain Choir. I don’t understand a single word of it–but I don’t think I have to. The hymn speaks to me anyway! Turn up the volume, and imagine yourself standing somewhere on the mountain in the picture…

By Request, ‘Your Grace and Mercy Brought Me Through’

Phoebe, you asked for a rousing version of this hymn, and this is it: Your Grace and Mercy Brought Me Through, sung by the Mississippi Mass Choir. The soloist is the late Frank Williams. I noticed this video has over 4 million views.

Your hymn request came along just in time. I haven’t written up any news today, yet. Maybe I’ll just let the hymn deliver Good News.

By Request, ‘Thy Strong Word’

Thy Strong Word, requested by “thewhiterabbit,” is a hymn about God as our Creator and our source of life and righteousness. It’s sung by “The Lutheran Warbler,” and I wish I could give her due credit, but I couldn’t find her name anywhere. Lots of Lutherans in my family.

Encore, ‘O Worship the King’

I love this hymn, the first hymn I ever learned to play on my harmonica. It can be traced back to the 1500’s, and the melody as we know it first appeared in 1708. This rendition, in 18th-century style, is by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band: O Worship the King.

I know I tend to repeat myself in my selection of hymns; so if there’s a hymn you’d like to see posted here, just let us know.

Encore, ‘He Hideth My Soul’

No one has requested a hymn today, so I thought I’d go with Nathan and Lyle, family and friends, singing He Hideth My Soul–one of the many classic hymns written by Fanny Crosby.

How many? Well, if she’d written a new one every day, without missing a day, it would have taken her 20 years to write all the hymns she published. One stands in awe.

By Request, ‘Up From the Grave He Arose’

Linda asked for this last night, but we decided to save it for this morning: Up From the Grave He Arose, sung by the Voice of Eden. It’s a Christian youth choir in southern India by Mt. St. Thomas–and can they sing! Turn up the volume on this one. Easter will be here before you know it.

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