anyon e care to post your favorite old hymn to share?? (preach, Jesus)
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"Lift High the Cross" is one of my favorites....this is an interesting thread! I've enjoyed seeing all the old time hymns mentioned as being favorites - a few I hadn't heard in years since I've been going to the contemporary service at my church for quite awhile.
When I was growing up and going to Sunday School there were two hymns that we sang almost every Sunday and they are deeply imprinted on my heart.
The first one was "I Would Be True":
I would be true, for there are those who trust me; I would be pure, for there are those who care; I would be strong, for there is much to suffer; I would be brave, for there is much to dare; I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend of all—the foe, the friendless; I would be giving, and forget the gift; I would be humble, for I know my weakness; I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift. I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.
The second hymn was, "This Is My Father's World":
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise, The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise. This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair; In the rustling grass I hear Him pass; He speaks to me everywhere.
From the first hymn I learned that it makes a difference how I live my life and that I would need to stand up for the right and help and speak for the most vulnerable. From the second hymn I gained a sense of the sacredness of the earth.
This has always been one of my favorites because it reflects just how much we truly need Him not just every hour but every minute of the day.
I Need Thee Every Hour
1. I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
no tender voice like thine can peace afford.
I need thee, O I need thee;
every hour I need thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.
2. I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby;
temptations lose their power when thou art nigh.
3. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain;
come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
4. I need thee every hour; teach me thy will;
and thy rich promises in me fulfill.
5. I need thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son.
There are so many wonderful hymns listed here and it's good to see them!! God bless.
James Lowell wrote a hymn in 1845 to protest the American War with Mexico! It is stirring and continues to challenge us. The words are as compelling in our world today as when written in a similar time with similar challenges.
"Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever, ’twixt that darkness and that light.
Then to side with truth is noble, when we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and ’tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied.
Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own."
I love hymns, they capture such depth that I belive is missing in contempary church Music, I love to meditate upon the words, they express such loyality, holiness, devoution. Makes my heart and soul sing.
My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
for thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
2. I love thee because thou hast first loved me,
and purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
I love thee for wearing the thorns on thy brow;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
3. In mansions of glory and endless delight;
I'll ever adore thee in heaven so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow; if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
Last edited by ShanaBrown; 02-15-2008 at 06:07 PM..
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