By Request, ‘Thanksgiving Prayer’

Requested by Susan, Thanksgiving Prayer by Johnny Cash.

And I’m grateful to the Lord for giving me Susan as my editor, and for giving me work with Chalcedon’s ministry.

By Request, ‘I Saw the Light’

We have an entry in our hymn contest–requested by Ina (in Scotland!), I Saw the Light, sung by Johnny Cash. This video was originally part of a Columbo episode.

We still have had only one hymn get as many as 20 views; I can’t imagine why our hymn contest has fallen on such hard times. To enter, all you have to do is request a hymn. But only a rew people do that.

Well, it’s all over on Aug. 8…

Bonus Hymn, By Request: ‘Wayfaring Stranger’

Requested by Phoebe, Wayfaring Stranger, traditional hymn, sung by Johnny Cash.

The earth is the Lord’s (Ps. 24), and we won’t be estranged from it forever. When Almighty God restores and regenerates His creation, we’ll have no words for how wonderful it is: we’ll have to learn to speak the language of angels.

By Request, ‘Were You There?’

Phoebe asked for this Lenten spiritual, Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)? I chose this rendition by Johnny Cash.

There’s a brief movie clip I’m trying to find for you, from The Robe; and now we’ve got some hymn requests stacked up, so no fear of running out of supply.

‘God’s Gonna Cut You Down’

Every one of the criminals whose pictures illustrate this song thought he or she was going to get away with it. Every one of them rode high for a little while. But not a one of them escaped. And where man’s justice fails, God’s takes over.

Johnny Cash repented and completely changed his life. His old mug shot’s in there, too.

God’s Gonna Cut You Down–it’s a warning.

Bonus Hymn: ‘I Saw the Light’

Oh, yeah, we need our hymns just now!

Johnny Cash performed this rendition of I Saw the Light as part of a “Columbo” episode–and this is a hymn that’ll stay with you for a while.

Pray for our country and trust in the Lord, whose hand is on the wheel of history and who never sleeps. Trust in the Lord and trust in the light that he provides us.

And sing louder.

‘The Man Comes Around’

Joyce requested this one–a hymn that brings Revelation and a few other aspects of the Bible into very sharp focus: The Man Comes Around, sung by Johnny Cash. “It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks…” That’s for sure.

Your Favorite Hymns continues.

By Request, ‘When the Man Comes Around’

Joyce mentioned this yesterday, When the Man Comes Around, by Johnny Cash. I thought I’d heard it before–but was I wrong! This worship song bowled me over. Made Revelation come to life.

Our list of Your Favorite Hymns has begun to grow again, but let’s keep loading up the wagon.

By Request, ‘Were You There?’

I think this might be the first hymn our friend SlimJim has requested, and I hope he likes the Johnny Cash rendition of Were You There?

Some of you yesterday helped re-load the Your Favorite Hymns wagon, we we have another two weeks’ worth. Come one, come all! The devil hates it when we get together to praise the Lord.

By Request, ‘Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?’

Requested by Phoebe, sung by Johnny Cash–a traditional gospel hymn, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

These images (from Jesus of Nazareth, I believe) are strong medicine, and hard to bear. Crucifixion was an ugly way to die. I have to fight a need to avert my eyes. But this was the atonement for all the sins of all the world–for our sins–with the penalty paid by God Himself in the person of His beloved Son. Paid for all time. This is the very core of our Christian faith.