Tag Archives: gospel music

Johnny Cash, ‘I Saw the Light’

This is from a 1974 Columbo episode called “Swan Song,” guest starring Johnny Cash. Actually it’s a Johnny Cash gospel song from 1966, I Saw the Light–and the lyrics are spot on. The backup is a little overproduced for my taste, but it’s a catchy tune with Johnny Cash’s voice and, most importantly, a solid Christian message.


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.


You Can’t Drown the Gospel

These, our brothers and sisters in Christ, forced into a shelter by the floods in Texas, have broken into song in praise of the Lord. Now that’s spirit! Thanks, Susan, for calling our attention to this video. These folks have set a great example to us all. Praise the Lord when the chips are down! ‘Cause that’s when you need it most.


Sing it, Mahalia! ‘Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho’

This is the rousing gospel song that’s been on my mind these past two days–and who better to sing it than Mahalia Jackson? Here she is in 1957 on the Nat King Cole Show.

You may want to turn up the volume for this. Yeah, I know, I say that almost all the time. Well, I’m not going to post stuff for which I recommend we turn down the volume, am I? Anyway, here’s one of our national treasures singing a hymn to wake us wide-awake!


‘Be Strong in the Lord’

I don’t know anything about this praise and worship song, other than it was written by Linda Lee Johnson in 1979 and a lot of people seem to like it. Also, it echoes one of my favorite passages of Scripture, Ephesians 6:10-17–which begins:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.


By Request, ‘The Lighthouse’

I think I may have posted this once before, but Erlene asked for it today, so here it is–The Lighthouse, performed by John Starnes. Some of these pictures, by the way, are gorgeous.


Encore, ‘Soldiers of the Lion’

By popular demand, one more time–Chuck Girard and Soldiers of the Lion.

There are Christians who just cringe all over at the military metaphor, never mind the New Testament resorts to it again and again.

This song reminds me of one of my favorite lines in all the Bible, spoken by David:

“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (I Samuel 17:26)

It is a question we can still ask today; and you can come up with as many answers as I can.


By Request, ‘I Am’

Well, now I have a bunch of hymn requests–and be patient, I will get to all of them.

I Am, by Mark Schulz–Allison, you asked for it, and here it is.

Praise the Lord, all ye lands.


By Request, ‘One Pair of Hands’

By popular demand, Carroll Roberson singing One Pair of Hands.

I wonder how they recorded this outdoors.


By Request, ‘Just a Closer Walk With Thee’

Erlene, I hope this is the one you wanted–Just a Closer Walk with Thee, sung by Carroll Roberson. His voice is a musical instrument.

You all out there, I know you enjoy these hymns, but you’ve also been letting Erlene and Linda to all the heavy lifting: so I’d like to hear from more of you. Let’s post your favorite hymns. As an added inducement, that’s that much less time I have available for reporting transgender news and bunk like that.


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