Tag Archives: hymns

By Request: ‘What a Beautiful Name’

Susan asked for this one: What a Beautiful Name, sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Someday, at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow. We pray that day will be soon.

‘I Sing the Mighty Power of God’

Composed by Isaac Watts in 1715, I Sing the Mighty Power of God still has power to stir our souls. Sung here in glorious harmony by the Ball Brothers.

By Request, ‘It Is No Secret What God Can Do’

Suggested by Erlene, It Is No Secret What God Can Do, sung by Jim Reeves–and thank you so much, Erlene: it was kind of nice for me to hear this, just now. Very comforting! And very nice to have you back with us.

‘He Leadeth Me’ (The Martins)

This is the hymn that was on my mind last night, He Leadeth Me, another old Sunday school favorite. The Martins perform it with no musical instrument but their voices–very nice, very nice. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

By Request, ‘Today Your Mercy Calls Us’

“Thewhiterabbit” asked for this one, Today Your Mercy Calls Us. I had a rather nice video recorded during a live church service, but couldn’t use it because the guy’s battery died before the song was finished. So I hope you like this kind of old-fashioned treatment, courtesy of “Hymns of the Month.”

‘O, Worship the King’ (Plus Prayer Request)

This was the first hymn I learned to play on my harmonica. I still love it! O Worship the King–and I wish I knew who’s performing it in this video.

And, please, let’s keep praying for our sisters, Erlene and Phoebe, who’ve been sick all week: please, Lord, be swift to help and heal them! In Jesus’ name, Amen.


‘Faith of Our Fathers’

Would you believe it? We used to sing this in high school, in assembly. Well, they put a stop to that, didn’t they? But I don’t want to get angry in introducing a hymn.

Faith of Our Fathers, sung by Bing Crosby.

And might I observe that we don’t know the half of what God has done, by way of watching over our country.

By Request: ‘All Creatures of Our God and King’

Requested by Susan: the Norton Hall Band performing All Creatures of Our God and King.

You know me. My idea of a hymn is a lady in a flowered dress playing the piano, with ordinary people singing along like they really mean it. But here we have a classic hymn with a modern musical arrangement–and it’s great! Thank you, Susan.

God’s Word is a Lighthouse

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  –Psalm 119

This hymn, Oh, Sinner Man–a Caribbean spiritual, here transplanted to northern British waters–is a warning. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Repent now, and take Christ’s hand, stretched out for our salvation.

Take a moment to think about this video. Why are there so many lighthouses?

Because they’re needed! These waters are very, very dangerous–tricky currents, barely submerged rocks with sharp teeth, and cold enough to kill you in minutes if you fall in.

God’s Word is a lighthouse. It will keep us from the rocks, it will safely guide our course and bring us home, if we humble ourselves to follow it.

Encore: Doc Watson, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

If this hymn doesn’t stir your soul, better check to see if you still have one: What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

Doc Watson, with untold thousands of hours of experience performing songs and hymns, feels this one so keenly, he is almost unable to get through it without his voice breaking. Doc, we know! Same thing happens to me when I try to whistle it. In fact, it’s happening to me now: the ineffable joy of feeling the presence of the Lord.

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