Yes, We Do Requests! Hymn, ‘Be Thou My Vision’

Jaroc, you asked for this hymn, and I’m only too glad to post it here.

Be Thou My Vision is an ancient Irish hymn, and one of my all-time favorites. It deeply moves me every time I hear it.

I was kind of stuck for what to write about today. Scanning the news each morning can sometimes be a soul-deadening experience. I mean, really–Campus Sex Week? Have we really sunk to this?

But again, good advice for Christians:

Sing louder!

Our God is the God, an awesome God; and He hears us.

Hymn, ‘Before the Throne of God Above’

Yes, I know it isn’t Sunday. But after a day of monitoring the news, I feel the need of a hymn.

This one comes to us courtesy of Weaving Word, a regular reader of this blog. I’d never heard it before, although it’s been around since 1863. Its soothing harmony carries a strong Biblical message.

Like the lady said–when things look bleak, sing louder.

Hymn, ‘Fairest Lord Jesus’

This old, old hymn still has power to move us.

I like to post a hymn here every Sunday morning.

If you have a favorite hymn, or a couple of favorites, that you’d like to see me post, don’t be bashful–tell me about it. Suggestions are more than welcome.

Hymn, ‘Rejoice and Be Glad’

Here’s a hymn you can really belt out–and wit you well, Satan and his servants don’t want to hear it.

Perusing the daily news, it would seem there really isn’t much to rejoice about. But that’s why God has given us the Book of Revelation.

In the end, the Lord will conquer. His victory is certain. In this we rejoice.

Hymn, ‘Bread of Heaven’

Welsh miners singing in How Green Was My Valley (English subtitles)

Once upon a time, on a little 15-minute Christian radio show whose name I can’t remember, I heard a woman say a very wise thing.

“When your faith is shaky; when you don’t know for sure, anymore, that God is with you; when the bad things in life keep piling up; when you just don’t know what’s what–

“That’s when you have to sing louder!”

What can I say but Amen?

Bonus Hymn: ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

This simple old hymn has always moved me, ever since I first heard it as a little boy.

I love the way these two guys play it. But they don’t sing, so you’ll have to sing it yourselves. Let me see if I can get the lyrics for you.

Here’s the first verse, at least:

What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear.

What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer.

O, what peace we often forfeit, O, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer.

Hymn: ‘I Love to Tell the Story’

Start your day with Jesus and His love. This old hymn was a favorite in our church, when I was a boy.

I don’t go to that church anymore because it has been changed, and not for the better. But it was a wonderful church to grow up in, before it got changed, and I find that the older I get, the fresher are my memories of it.

This hymn has been with me all week. It’s a good companion.

Hymn: ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’

I didn’t understand, when I was in Sunday school, that the imagery of the second verse (“all the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea”) comes directly from the Book of Revelation. The rest of the lyrics also arise from the Bible.

I used to think this was just one of those tedious hymns adults liked to sing when they were showing off.

Now I know better; and as this hymn has been playing itself in my mind these past few days, I thought I’d like to share it with you.

Hymn, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

This hymn has been in my head all morning, so I thought I’d share it with you.

This is one of those hymns that go straight to your heart: open the door and let it in.

I’ve selected an a capella version because I couldn’t find one with just a piano and the congregation singing.