‘Just As I Am’

Today’s selection from the list of Your Favorite Hymns–Just as I Am, by the Voices of Eden Gospel Choir at University of North Carolina.

We’re not going to run out of hymns, so please feel free to request as many as you like.

‘Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord’

I’d never heard this old-fashioned gospel song until today–Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord, sung by a young Burl Ives–whose voice stayed young throughout his long career. One of the Youtube commenters said he loved this song when he was a very young child… although he thought “Grace” was Noah’s wife.

By Request, ‘One Pair of Hands’

Erlene asked for this one–One Pair of Hands, by Carroll Roberson.

There’s folklore out there that says this was also a “lost song” of Elvis Presley’s that was never recorded: not too hard to imagine that might be so. Easy to imagine Elvis singing it–which may be because of the way Carroll Roberson sings it.

Background sets hand-made by God the Father.

‘A Soldier in the Army of the Lord’

That last nooze story left a nasty aftertaste: wash it out with A Soldier in the Army of the Lord, by Chris Rodrigues and Abby the Spoon Lady, with a little help from somebody’s dog. These two give us spirited gospel tunes, and if you like them, there’s more where this one came from. I know I feel better for having heard it.

By Request, ‘O Happy Day’

Requested by “TheWhiteRabbit,” Oh Happy Day, sung by the Northern California Youth Choir directed by Edwin Hawkins–from his 1968 record album. Revel in the harmony. Revel even more in the message.

A Hymn–and a Parable

I’d never heard this song before–which is one of the reasons I like my readers to request hymns–Jesus is All I Need, sung by Michael Combs: and thank you, Joyce, for requesting it.

The lyrics brought to mind a parable. I’ll give you the whole parable here, from Luke 12:16-21.

“The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

“And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou has much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

“But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

“So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”


‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’

It’s not often I start the day with two hymns, not one.

But if there ever was a time when the Lord’s people ought to assert His Kingship and His crown rights over all creation, that time is now. You bet.

So, thanks, Erlene, for suggesting this piece of gospel music.

By Request, ‘There’s Something About That Name’

Here are the Maranatha Singers, with There’s Just Something About That Name.

I read this song has been used as a lullaby. No baby is too young to hear and learn to love the name of Jesus! That was one thing my family did right. I used to love leafing through my father’s old Bible that he had when he was just a little boy, with the sepia-tinted photos of life in the Holy Land.

Now, then, everybody, I take hymn requests from all readers, but you’re letting Linda and Erlene do 90% of the work. So step right up, don’t be shy, and ask for one of your favorite hymns today. (Gee, I sound like I’m selling soap. Sorry about that!)


By Request, ‘Life is Like a Mountain Railroad’

My editor, Susan, requested this. I couldn’t find it by Johnny Cash, but I think you will all enjoy this version by a French folk singer whom I never heard of–it’s quite a beautiful little piece of gospel music.

Note to Joe Collidge: The duct tape works just fine, you fat-head.