Thursday, 12 September 2019

Leaning On The Everlasting Arms Hymn Story and Lyrics

The Story Behind Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

Learning on the Everlasting Arms is a hymn from the pen of Professor Anthony Showalter with the help of Reverend Elisha Hoffman. It was written in 1887. 

Professor Showalter was a music professor who went around rural America teaching music.

Before we continue we need some kind of background on the music situation before this period in American history as it will help to understand how this hymn came about.

A long time ago there were few printed songbooks or hymns books in America. Therefore during church time the congregations depended on the choristers for the words and the tune of the songs. The choristers actually called out the words and the congregation would follow after them.

It should be pointed out as well that at this time few people knew how to read music as music was rarely taught in schools.  

Anthony Showalter
Later on things changed and there was an increase in the printing of songbooks. And through the persistent pressure of various musicians, music started being taught in schools through music masters who moved around the rural areas of america teaching music.

One of the music masters who responded to the call was Professor Showalter. 

One day in 1887, Professor Showalter found himself in Alabama teaching music for a brief period. After the class he left for the boarding house to rest.

Waiting for him at the boarding house were two letters from his former music students from South Carolina. As coincidence would have it both were informing him the sad news that they had just lost their wives.

The verse that he wanted to use to console them is the inspiration for this hymn. It is Deuteronomy 33:27, "The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms: He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, 'destroy".

But before he decided to send the letters he felt it would be better to compose a song instead based on this verse. After all these were his music students who now knew how to read and sing music.

He therefore wrote the chorus of this hymn:

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms, 
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

He later sent the chorus to Reverend Elisha Hoffman in Pennsylvania who added the verses for this beautiful hymn. 

When Professor Showalter received the finished work he wrote the music to this song.

That is how this song that has blessed many grieving souls over the years came about. May God bless you as you lean on Him.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Hymn Lyrics

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms!
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms!

Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms!
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms!

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms!
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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Leaning on The Everlasting Arms Hymn video

Below is a video featuring Alan Jackson singing this beautiful hymn.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymn Lyrics and Story

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymn Story

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus is a hymn that has soothed the heart of many troubled souls since it came to the attention of the public. It is a beloved hymn of the sick, the stressed, the bereaved and all that need rest from our stress filled life on earth.

This hymn is now found in most evangelical church hymnals. I have heard this song sung in America, Europe and mother Africa.

This hymnn originally known as The Heavenly Vision is a composition of Helen Howarth Lemmel (1863 -1961). She wrote over 500 hymns and poems but this song is by far the most well known of her songs.

Helen Howarth Lemmel was born in 1863, in Wardle, England. She was the daughter of a Methodist minister. She immigrated to the USA when she was 12 and spent most of life there.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus drew its inspiration from a Christian tract, "Focused: A Story and Song" penned by Isabella Lilias Trotter with its lesson on dandelion. Isabella was an English artist and missionary to Algeria.

The words that touched Helen most on reading the tract were, "So, then, turn your eyes upon him, look full into his face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire as strange new dimness."

Immediately after reading this Helen sat down and wrote the words of this hymn. It is said that the words just flowed off her pen effortlessly. 

"Oh soul are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There's light for a look at the savior."

Very powerful words that continue to bless us to this day!

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymn Lyrics

1 O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

2 Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu’rors we are!

3 His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymn Video (Hillsong)

Below is a video featuring this hymn by Hillsong.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Long Upon The Mountain Hymn Story and Lyrics - Annie R Smith

Long Upon The Mountain Hymn Story

Long Upon The Mountain is a hymn penned by Annie R Smith, an Adventist musician who composed a number of hymns in her lifetime, ten of which are in the current SDA Church hymnal.  This one is hymn no. 447 in the hymnal.

This hymn first appeared in the Review And Herald magazine of December, 9, 1851.

Annie R Smith was a sister to Uriah Smith, one of the pioneers of the early Seventh day Adventist Church.

It is based on Ezekiel 34:12“As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep and deliver them fro all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. Ezekiel 34:12.

She wrote this hymn to encourage the church to look beyond the challenges they were facing to the soon return of our Lord and Savoir, Jesus Christ.

Annie R Smith

Long Upon The Mountain Weary Lyrics                                                                                       

1.  Long upon the mountains weary, Have the scattered flock been torn;
     Dark the desert paths, and dreary; Grievous trials have they borne.
     Now the gathering call is sounding, Solemn in its warning voice;
     Union, faith, and love, abounding, Bid the little flock rejoice.

2.  Now the light of truth they’re seeking, In its onward track pursue;
     All the ten commandments keeping, They are holy, just, and true.
     On the words of life they’re feeding, Precious to their taste so sweet;
     All theie Master’s precepts heeding, Bowing humbly at His feet.

3.  In that light of light and beauty, In that golden city fair, 
     Soon Its pearly gates they’ll enter, And of all the glories share,
     There, di-vine the soul’s expansions; Free from sin, and death, and pain;
     Tears will nec-er dim those mansions where the saints immortal reign.

4.  Soon He comes! With clouds desending; All saints, entombed arise;
     The redeemed, in anthems blending, Shout their vict’ry thro’ the skies.
     O, we long for Thine appearing; O Savior, quickly come!
     Blessed hope! Our Spirits cheering, Take Thy ransomed children home.

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Long Upon The Mountain Hymn Video.

Monday, 9 September 2019

The Great Judgment Morning Hymn Story and Lyrics - Bertram H. Shadduck

The Great Judgment Morning Story

Bertram H Shadduck wrote this hymn in 1894.

Bertram Henry Shadduck was born 14 April, 1869 in Erie County, Pennsylvania.  He grew up as infidel following his father who was also an infidel. 

He is reported to have said that he initially went to Church out of curiosity first and to escape work his father gave him to do on Sundays. However, at the age of eighteen he heard a sermon that touched him so much that he gave his heart to the Lord. 

He initially joined the Salvation Army in 1888 but later left in 1894 and in 1900 became a member of the Methodist church.

There are a few hymns that give me goosebumps and this hymn is one of them. It is a solemn message about the judgment day and the punishment that will be meted out on that day. 

Let us all keep this in mind as we journey on this earth. Actions have consequences and in this case there will be eternal consequences for our actions on earth. It is high time we hid under the blood of Jesus Christ to escape from the wrath of God.

This hymn is based on Revelation Revelation 6: 15-16

"15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: (KJV)

Bertram H Shadduck

The Great Judgment Morning Lyrics

I dreamed that the great judgment morning
Had dawned, and the trumpet had blown;
I dreamed that the nations had gathered
To judgment before the white throne;
From the throne came a bright, shining angel,
And he stood on the land and the sea,
And he swore with his hand raised to Heaven,
That time was no longer to be.


And, oh, what a weeping and wailing,
As the lost were told of their fate;
They cried for the rocks and the mountains,
They prayed, but their prayer was too late.

The rich man was there, but his money
Had melted and vanished away;
A pauper he stood in the judgment,
His debts were too heavy to pay;
The great man was there, but his greatness,
When death came, was left far behind!
The angel that opened the records,
Not a trace of his greatness could find.

The widow was there with the orphans,
God heard and remembered their cries;
No sorrow in heaven forever,
God wiped all the tears from their eyes;
The gambler was there and the drunkard,
And the man that had sold them the drink,
With the people who gave him the license,
Together in hell they did sink.

The moral man came to the judgment,
But self-righteous rags would not do;
The men who had crucified Jesus
Had passed off as moral men, too;
The soul that had put off salvation,
“Not tonight; I’ll get saved by and by,
No time now to think of religion!”
At last they had found time to die

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The Great Judgment Morning Hymn Video

Below is a video of T Kelly Marshall singing this hymn.

Let Every Lamp Be Burning Bright Hymn - Franklin Belden 1886

Let Every Lamp Be Burning Bright Story.

Let Every Lamp Be Burning is yet another hymn from one of the most prolific American hymn writers. It was written in 1886.

He started out as a Seventh-day Adventist Church but left this church in 1907. He later wrote songs for the famous evangelist Billy Sunday.

This hymn is based on Luke 12:35 keep your lamps burning. It encourages us to keep praying for the power of the Holy Spirit as the coming of our Lord and Savior is at hand.

Franklin E Belden wrote hundreds of hymn over his life time, they include among others, We Will Build On The Rock, Judgment Has Set, Look For The Waymarks etc.

Franklin E Belden

Let Every Lamp Be Burning Lyrics

1. Let every lamp be burning bright,
The darkest hour is nearing;
The darkest hour of earth’s long night,
Before the Lord’s appearing.

Then trim your lamps, my brethren dear,
Then trim your lamps with godly fear;
The Master’s coming draweth near,
Let every lamp be burning.

2. Though thousands calmly slumber on,
The last great message spurning,
We’ll rest our living faith upon
His promise of returning. [Refrain]

3. His Word our lamp, His truth our guide,
We cannot be mistaken;
Though dangers rise on every side,
We shall not be forsaken. [Refrain]

4. Then let good works with faith appear,
To help the world around us;
Obedience brings the blessing near
When faith has firmly bound us. [Refrain]

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Let Every Lamp Be Burning YouTube Video

Below is a video featuring this hymn.

Look For The Waymarks Hymn Story and Lyrics - Franklin Edson Belden

Look For The Waymarks Story.

This is another hymn from the pen of Franklin E Belden. He wrote this in 1886. It is hymn no. 596 in the SDA church hymnal.

It is based on the prophecy of Daniel chapter 2. In this chapter, the bible says that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a dream in which he saw a giant statue made up of four metals, gold, silver, bronze and iron. 

Unfortunately the king forgot the dream and demanded that his wise-men tell him what he dreamed. The wise-men could not tell him his dream until God revealed it to Daniel in a vision.

According to the bible the image represented rise and fall of empires from Babylon to the end of time when Christ, represented by the rock that hit the feet of the image and destroyed it, comes again.

The song encourages to look for waymarks as shown in this dream and understand that we are living in the last days of earth's history.

“For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God  spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:21

Franklin E Belden wrote many other hymns such as, The Judgment Has Set, We Will Build On The Rock, etc 

Look For The Waymarks Lyrics                                                                                    

1.  Look for the waymarks as you journey on,
     Look for the waymarks, passing one by one;
     Down through the ages, past the kingdoms four
     Where are we standing? Look the waymarks o’er.

2.  First, the Assyrian kingdom ruled the world,
     Then Medo Persia’s ban-ners were un-furled;
     And after Greece held universal sway,
     Rome seized the scepter Where are we to-day

3.  Down in the feet of Iron and of clay,
     Weak and divided soon to pass a-way;
     What will the next great, glorious drama be?
     Christ and His coming, And eternity.
     Look for the waymarks, the great prophetic waymarks,
     Down through the ages, pass the kingdoms four,
     Look for the waymarks, the great prophetic waymarks;
     The journey’s almost o’er.

For links to more  lyrics and stories of old hymns click here

Look For The Waymarks YouTube Video.

The Judgment Has Set - Franklin E Belden 1886

The Judgment Has Set Hymn Story

The Judgment Has Set is another composition from the prolific hymn writer, Franklin E Belden. He composed this hymn in 1886. He left the SDA church in 1907. It is hymn no. 416 in the SDA Hymnal.

He was such a talented musician who could write poems as well as the tunes. It is reported that he could compose hymns while the preacher was still preaching and sing the songs soon after the sermon. He composed so many songs such as, We Will Build On The Rock.

"For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:14

The Judgment Has Set  Hymn Lyrics

Verse 1

The judgment has set, the books have been opened;
How shall we stand in that great day,
When every thought, and word, and action,
God, the righteous Judge, shall weigh?


How shall we stand in that great day?
How shall we stand in that great day?
Shall we be found before Him wanting?
Or with our sins all washed away?

Verse 2

The work is begun with those who are sleeping,
Soon will the living here be tried,
Out of the books of God’s remembrance,
His decision to abide.

Verse 3

O, how shall we stand that moment of searching,
When all our sins those books reveal?
When from that court, each case decided,
Shall be granted no appeal?

The Judgment Has Set YouTube Video

We’ll Build On the Rock, The Living Rock - FE Belden

We Will Build On The Rock History

We Will Build On The Rock, The Living Rock is a hymn that was composed by Franklin Edson Belden in 1886. It draws its inspiration from the Matthew 7:24 where Jesus says, “Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock”.

Franklin E Belden was a prolific Seventh day Adventist hymn writer whose other hymns include, Judgment Has Set. He left the Seventh-day Adventist church in 1907 due to disagreements over royalties for the songs that he composed and were included in official church hymnals.

Franklin E Belden

We Will Build On The Rock Lyrics.

We’ll build on the rock, the living Rock,
On Jesus, the Rock of Ages;
So shall we abide the fearful shock,
When loud the tempest rages.


We’ll build on the Rock,
We’ll build on the Rock;
We’ll build on the Rock, on the solid Rock,
On Christ, the mighty Rock.

Some build on the sinking sands of life,
On visions of earthly treasure;
Some build on the waves of sin and strife,
Of fame, and worldly pleasure.


O build on the Rock, for ever sure,
The firm and the true foundation;
Its hope is the hope which shall endure,
The hope of our salvation.


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We Will Build On The Rock Video

Below is a YouTube video of a congregation singing this beautiful hymn. It is hymn no. 531 in SDA Hymnal.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Wherever He Leads I'll Go

Wherever He Leads I'll Go Hymn Story

Some of the songs that we have in our hymn books came out of a difficult situations in the life of the authors and this hymn, Wherever He Leads I'll Go is no exception. It was composed by BB Mckinney in 1936 soon after meeting his friend, R S Jones who was then a missionary in Brazil.

R S Jones had just returned home on furlough from Brazil. During their meeting, a heartbroken R S Jones shared with B B Mckinney that he had a health issue that would prevent him from returning to Brazil. He had come to love Brazil and his work and this news broke his heart.

McKinney is reported to have asked his friend, "What will you do?". With tears coming down his cheeks R S Jones responded, " Wherever He leads I will go".

It is from this response from R S Jones that so affected B B Mckinney that he sat down immediately that day and wrote this hymn. Later that same day in the evening this song was sung after R S Jones had given a sermon.

May this be the response of all of us who call ourselves Christians, "wherever he leads I'll go". The work of spreading the gospel will only be finished when we have more people like R S Jones.

B B Mckinney

Words To Hymn Wherever He Leads I'll Go

“Take up thy cross and follow Me,” I heard my Master say;
“I gave My life to ransom thee, surrender your all today.”

Wherever He leads I’ll go. Wherever He leads I’ll go.
I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so, wherever He leads I’ll go.

He drew me closer to His side, I sought His will to know,
and in that will I now abide, wherever He leads I’ll go. (Refrain)

It may be thro’ the shadows dim, or o’er the stormy sea;
I take my cross and follow Him, wherever He leadeth me. (Refrain)

My heart, my life, my all I bring to Christ who loves me so;
He is my Master, Lord, and King… wherever He leads I’ll go. (Refrain)

For more lyrics and stories of old hymn visit here.

Wherever He Leads I'll Go choir

Crown Him With Many Crowns Hymn Story and Lyrics

Crown Him With Many Crowns Story

This is a combination of two hymns by two distinguished Church of England clergymen.

The first version by Matthew Bridges came out in 1851 with six stanzas. The other version came twenty three years later and was composed by Godfrey Thring. This version had an additional six stanzas.

The hymn as it is known now is composed of verse one , two and four from Bridges and the third verse is from Godfrey Thring's version.

This hymn was composed as an exaltation of our suffering and victorious savior Jesus Christ.

Crown Him With Many Crowns Hymn Lyrics

1 Crown Him with many crowns
  The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark! how the heav’nly anthem drowns
  All music but its own!
  Awake, my soul, and sing
  Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King
  Through all eternity.

2 Crown Him the Virgin’s Son,
  The God Incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won
  Which now His brow adorn:
  Fruit of the mystic Tree,
  As of that Tree the Stem;
The Root whence flows Thy mercy free,
  The Babe of Bethlehem.

3 Crown Him the Lord of Love:
  Behold His hands and side;
Rich wounds yet visible above
  In beauty glorified:
  No angel in the sky
  Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his burning eye
  At mysteries so bright.

4 Crown Him the Lord of peace,
  Whose power a scepter sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease,
  And all be prayer and praise.
  His reign shall know no end,
  And round His pierced feet
Fair flowers of glory now extend
  Their fragrance ever sweet.

5 Crown Him the Lord of years,
  The Potentate of time.
Creator of the rolling spheres,
  Ineffably sublime.
  All hail, Redeemer, hail!
  For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise shall never, never fail
  Throughout eternity.

For more lyrics and stories of old and popular hymns click here.

Crown Him with many crowns Choir

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling Hymn History and Lyrics

Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling Hymn History

It is an open secret that there has been an interchange or sharing of tunes between the outside world and Christian music. This may surprise some Christians who want "pure music". Today's hymn, Softly and Tenderly is an example of that interchange.

Softly and Tenderly was composed using an old American folk song around 1880. The author of this hymn is Will L Thompson, a composer of gospel, secular and patriotic songs.

It should be noted, however, that had it not been for the authors persistence this song would not have seen the light of day. Mr Thompson was actually forced to start his own music publishing company after having his songs rejected. 

It is from this company that this hymn, Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling was published as part of other songs.

It is reported that when the famous evangelist Dwight L Moody was on his deathbed he told Thompson, " Will, I would rather have written "Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling" than anything I have been able to do in my whole life". 
Will  L Thompson

Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling Lyrics

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.

Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?

Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.

Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.

For more lyrics and stories of hymns visit here.

Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling Video

Below is a youtube video of Alan Jackson singing this song.

This Is My Father's World Hymn Story and Lyrics

This Is My Father's World Hymn Story

There are a number of Christian songs that were originally just written as poems with the authors not intending to produce songs. This Is My Father's World fits that pattern as it was written as a poem by Maltbie Davenport Babcock.
It was a poem made up of sixteen verses of four line each. Unfortunately the author died in 1901 before the poem  was set to music by Franklin L Sheppard in 1915.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock was a minister of the Word in New York when he came up with this poem. He is said to have enjoyed going to a cliff that gave him a view of the beautiful Lake Ontario. 

When going out for these walks he would tell his wife that he was "going out to see my father's world.
Maltbie Davenport Babcock

This Is My Father's World Lyrics

1 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.

2 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

3 This is my Father's world:
O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad! 

For more lyrics and stories of old hymns click here.

This Is My Father's World Video

Below is a youtube video of Amy Grant singing this beautiful hymn.

Master The Tempest Is Raging Hymn Story and Lyrics

Master The Tempest Is Raging History

This words of this hymn, Master The Tempest Is Raging, were written by Mary Ann Baker and they were set to music by Dr H R Palmer in 1874. The song was was published in Dr Palmer's Songs of Love For The Bible School.

The inspiration for this song  is the story of Jesus and the disciples crossing the Sea of Galilee when they encountered a big storm and their boat was at risk of capsizing. 

As the bible reports Jesus was fast asleep while his disciples were fighting the storm and fearing for their lives. They soon realized that the savior was with them in the boat and woke him up. They complained to him saying, "master, carest thou not that we perish."

Horatio Palmer
Christ stood in the midst of the storm and rebuked the wind saying, "Peace , be still" and the storm stopped.

Master The Tempest Is Raging Lyrics

Master, the tempest is raging!
The billows are tossing high!
The sky is o’ershadowed with blackness,
No shelter or help is nigh;
Carest Thou not that we perish?
How canst Thou lie asleep,
When each moment so madly is threatening
A grave in the angry deep?


The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will,
Peace, be still!
Whether the wrath of the storm tossed sea,
Or demons or men, or whatever it be
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean, and earth, and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, be still! Peace, be still!
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, peace, be still!

Master, with anguish of spirit
I bow in my grief today;
The depths of my sad heart are troubled
Oh, waken and save, I pray!
Torrents of sin and of anguish
Sweep o’er my sinking soul;
And I perish! I perish! dear Master
Oh, hasten, and take control.


Master, the terror is over,
The elements sweetly rest;
Earth’s sun in the calm lake is mirrored,
And heaven’s within my breast;
Linger, O blessèd Redeemer!
Leave me alone no more;
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor,
And rest on the blissful shore.


For more lyrics and stories to other old hymns click here.

Master The Tempest Is Raging Video

In the video below Jessy Dixon sings this song at one of the Gaither Homecoming events.

The King Of Love My Shepherd Is Hymn

The King of Love My Shephered Is Story

This hymn was written by Henry Baker in 1868 and is based on the Welsh version of Psalm 23 and work of Edmund Prys. Henry W Baker was born on 27th May 1821 at Belmont House, Vauxhall, London. He helped in the compilation of several hymnals including the earliest version of Hymns Ancient And Modern where he was first chairman of the committee.  He was an ordained minister and became vicar of Monkland in Herefordshire in 1851. He served Monkland until his death

Henry William Baker

The King Of Love My Shepherd Is Hymn Lyrics

1 The King of love my Shepherd is,
  Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His,
  And He is mine forever.

2 Where streams of living water flow

  My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
  With food celestial feedeth.

3 Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

  But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid,
  And home rejoicing brought me.

4 In death’s dark vale I fear no ill

  With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
  Thy Cross before to guide me.

5 Thou spread’st a table in my sight;

  Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And oh, what transport of delight
  From Thy pure chalice floweth!

6 And so through all the length of days

  Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
  Within Thy house forever.

For more lyrics and stories of popular christian hymns visit here.

The King of Love My Shepherd Is Video

Give Me Joy In My Heart Hymn

Who Wrote Give Me Joy In My Heart

Unfortunately no one knows who wrote this simple but very loved hymn which continues to inspire millions of Christians all over the English world. There are some that have attributed it to  A. Sevison but it looks like there is no consensus on this. It is however a song that is most loved especially by children. I remember singing this song in my teens.

Give Me Joy In My Heart Lyrics

1 Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising.
Give me joy in my heart, I pray.
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising.
Keep me praising till the break of day.

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King of kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King!

2 Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting.
Give me peace in my heart, I pray.
Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting.
Keep me resting till the break of day. [Refrain]

3 Give me love in my heart, keep me serving.
Give me love in my heart, I pray.
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving.
Keep me serving till the break of day. [Refrain]

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It Is Well With My Soul Hymn Lyrics And Story

It Is Well With My Soul Story

It is easy to talk about peace in Christ when everything is going our away. When we are prospering in both health and material blessings. It is however another thing altogether to talk about peace when you have just lost the most valuable people and things in your life.

This is why  I admire the author of this hymn, Horatio G. Spafford (1828 - 1888). He wrote this hymn soon after tragically losing his four beloved daughters.

Horatio Spafford was a prominent lawyer in Chicago in his day and owned several properties in that city. He and his wife had one son and four daughters.

However like Job Horatio Spafford experienced tragedies that would have tested the faith of most people. It started with the death of his son and later on fire destroyed almost all his properties.

It was to escape all these tragedies that Horatio decided to send his wife and four daughter for a holiday in Europe in 1873. He bade them farewell with the hope to follow them later on.

Unfortunately that was not to be as his family's ship wrecked and all his four daughters were lost. Their ship bound for Le Havre France had collided with another steamship in Mid-Atlantic and sank almost immediately.

Fortunately his wife was saved after a lifeboat spotted her. She sent a message to her husband which read, "SAVED ALONE".

Horatio Gates Spafford
As you can imagine this plunged Horatio into deep sorrow. He immediately left for England to comfort his grieving wife.

The great evangelist Dwight Moody, a friend of the Spafford's family was in Edinburgh at the time conducting evangelistic crusades when he heard the news. He immediately with the singer Ira D Sankey came to London to comfort them. Horatio is reported to have told them, "It is well; the will of God be done".

Some people say this hymn was written while on his way to comfort his wife but some say he composed this hymn three years later. But they all agree that it was in memory of his four daughters.

May the Good Lord help us to have the same trust in our tragedies.

It Is Well With My Soul Hymn Lyrics

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul

It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Christian War Hymns: Gustavus Adolphus Battle Song

Gustavus Adolphus Battle Song Story

Out of the heroic struggles of the Thirty Years' War, which saved for the world the fruit of the sixteenth century Reformation, there stands forth one gigantic son of the Vikings, the noble Gustavus Adolphus, king of Sweden. 

His name is inseparably linked with one of the really great hymns of the Church — a hymn which was born in the midst of the conflict and is especially expressive of the faith and heroism which characterizes all true believers in the midst of trials and dangers.

The hymn was written to commemorate the victory of the Protestant armies under Gustavus Adolphus on the field of Leipzig, September, 17, 1631.

The authorship is somewhat uncertain. It is popularly ascribed to King Gustavus Adolphus himself. There are good authorities who say that his chaplain, Jacob Fabricius, was the real author.

Still others, and with the weight of evidence in their favor, say that the author was Johann Michael Altenberg, a Lutheran pastor, who was compelled to flee from his home during the Thirty Years' War.

While at Erfurt he wrote this hymn to celebrate the victory of the Swedish king and his army over Roman Catholic forces at Leipzig. Gustavus Adolphus, the Swedish king and commander, was so taken with it that he used it constantly and ordered it to be sung before every battle thereafter. This accounts for the title and the accredited authorship. He made it his own.

The oldest form of the hymn is published as a pamphlet, which appeared shortly after the battle of Lutzen. A copy of this pamphlet is to be found in the Royal Library in Berlin and another in the Totvh Library in Hamburg.

We are told that on the morning of November, 16, 1632, King Gustavus Adolphus' forces engaged Wallenstein's army in the decisive battle of Liitzen. Early in the morning the king summoned his court preacher, Fabricius, and directed him to hold a service of prayer for the whole army.

While a thick mist still covered the field the king's battle hymn was sung. Gustavus then gave the watchword for the fight — ''God with us" — rode before the army to encourage his soldiers and commanded that as the troops advanced the trumpets should play ''Ein Feste Burg" and "Es woll uns Gott gnadig sein."

The battle was fiercely fought, the king falling, but victory came and evangelical liberty was assured and sealed by the blood of the martyred Swedish king. Because of the use of this hymn on the morning of his death it is often called 'The Swan Song of King Gustavus Adolphus."

The prayer which the king uttered that morning has been preserved. It was his usual battle prayer, and embraced the following brief sentences: "O Lord Jesus Christ, bless our armies and this day's battle, for the glory of Thy holy name! Amen."

Uttering the battle cry, "God with us!" he fought till he fell from his charger in the front of his valiant troops, when from the lips of the dying king came these words, "I seal with my blood the liberty and religion of the German nation." It was the heroic and worthy ending of a martyr, an incident which adds imperishable interest to the hymn.

Well has Frederick Saunders said: "What struggles of soul have some of these hymns not witnessed, in what strange and stirring scenes have they not mingled! How has their melody and sweet inspiration brought solace to sorrow, and lent ecstasy to spiritual joy! Like the words of the Holy Book, they linger in the memory; and, in the hours of despondency and gloom, how often have they lifted us up from the earthliness of our being, and also imparted even to the sick and dying wondrous consolation."

How we should seek to know the origin and enter into the spirit of the hymns we sing !

Concerning Gustavus Adolphus' hymn we might add that it is published in the Swedish hymn book of 1819, a book in extensive use both in Sweden and America, and there ascribed to the king himself.

In the Swedish Lutheran churches in this country it is invariably sung at Reformation festivals and also at Gustavus Adolphus Day (November 6) celebrations. It is also in very general use in all Lutheran churches in this country and increasing in popularity and use every year.

It was sung at the dedication of the Gustavus Adolphus Chapel at Liitzen November 6, 1907. This chapel was the gift of Conrad Oscar Ekman, of Sweden, to the city of Liitzen.

It stands on the spot which tradition points out as the place where the great king fell and where "Schwedenstein" was placed. At the dedication there were present representatives of the Church in Germany, Sweden, Finland and America, officially speaking for the followers of Luther and Gustavus Adolphus in those lands.

It was a great occasion and a high tribute to the man who fell there and whose favorite melody rang out to honor the man who had found strengthening for his faith in the rugged words of the old battle song, which had aided in bringing to a successful issue the terrors of the Thirty Years' Wax.

Whether German or Swede may claim this hymn is a question. They both rightly own it. It is a general favorite in Germany. Every Sunday in the home of the great German Lutheran pietist, Philip Jacob Spener, this hymn was sung.

It is regularly used at the meetings of the Gustavus Adolphus Union, an association organized for the express purpose of helping Protestant Churches in Roman Catholic countries. This would seem to be an eminently appropriate use of this hymn so closely associated with the Protestant struggle and the Protestant

The hymn has been translated into many languages and is in wide use. There are a number of English translations, the most generally used of which is the one we have given above from the pen of Miss Winkworth.

A hymn which is a contrast to the battle hymn of the Swedish king is Dr. Paul Eber's hymn, which he composed, based on the words of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chron, 20 : 12). There are a number of translations, but as is so often the case, the favorite one which we give is that from the pen of
Miss Wink worth.

Gustavus Adolphus Battle Song Lyrics

Fear not, little flock, the foe 
Who madly seeks your overthrow; 

Dread not his rage and power: 
What though your courage sometimes faints. 
His seeming triumph o'er God's saints 

Lasts but a little hour. 

Be of good cheer; your cause belongs 
To Him who can avenge your wrongs; 

Leave it to Him, our Lord. 
Though hidden yet from mortal eyes, 
Salvation shall for you arise: 

He girdeth on His sword! 

As true as God's own word is true, 
Not earth nor hell with all their crew 

Against us shall prevail. 
A jest and byword are they grown: 
God is with us; we are His own; 

Our victory cannot fail. 

Amen, Lord Jesus, grant our prayer! 
Great Captain, now Thine arm make bare; 

Fight for us once again! 
So shall Thy saints and martyrs raise 
A mighty chorus to Thy praise, 

World without end. Amen. 

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Zion Stands By Hills Surrounded Hymn - The Safety of the Church

Who Wrote Zion Stands By Hills Surrounded Hymn?

Among the seven hundred and sixty-five hymns written by Thomas Kelly is one on the safety of the Church which is worthy of a place in any good hymn book. 

The author, who was a son of an eminent Irish judge, was educated with a view to the law; but through spiritual conviction gave himself to the work of the ministry. With Rowland Hill, because of his earnest evangelical preaching, he was inhibited by the Archbishop of Dublin and compelled to preach in unconsecrated buildings. 

He eventually seceded from the Established Church and erected a number of places of worship in which he conducted worship and preached. This insight into the life of the author will materially increase our appreciation of his hymn in which he sings of the safety of the Church. 


Zion Stands By Hills Surrounded Hymn Lyrics

Zion stands with hills surrounded; 

Zion kept by power divine; 
All her foes shall be confounded. 

Though the world in arms combine. 
Happy Zion, 

What a favored lot is thine! 

Every human tie may perish; 

Friend to friend unfaithful prove; 
Mothers cease their own to cherish; 

Heaven and earth at last remove; 
But no changes 

Can attend Jehovah's love. 

In the furnace God may prove thee, 
Thence to bring thee forth more bright, 

But can never cease to love thee; 
Thou art precious in His sight: 

God is with thee, 
God, thine everlasting Light. 

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The Church's One Foundation : Festival Hymn of the Church

The History of The Church's One Foundation Hymn.

A hymn which has an interesting origin and history is the hymn usually called by its first line, "The Church's One Foundation." It was written by Samuel J. Stone in 1866. 

Samuel J. Stone
The story of its conception in the mind of the waiter is that he was impressed by the defence of the Catholic Faith made by Bishop Gray, of Capetown, against the teachings of Bishop Colenso. This fact gives it an historic association which adds interest and meaning to its stanzas, which in the original number ten. 

The hymn as it appeared originally is an elaboration of that portion of the Apostles' Creed which is indicated by the title, 'The Holy Catholic Church: The Communion of Saints. He is the Head of the Body, the Church." 

This title is given to the hymn in the author's collection known as "Lyra Fidelium." It is a festival hymn of the church.

Church's One Foundation Hymn Lyrics

We give herewith those stanzas which are most familiar and most widely used. 

The Church's one foundation 

Is Jesus Christ her Lord; 
She is His new creation 

By water and the Word; 
From heaven He came, and sought her 

To be His holy Bride, 
With His own blood He bought her, 

And for her life He died. 

Elect from every nation, 

Yet one o'er all the earth, 
Her charter of salvation 

One Lord, one Faith, one Birth; 
One holy Name she blesses. 

Partakes one holy Food, 
And to one Hope she presses. 

With every grace endued. 

Though with a scornful wonder 

Men see her sore opprest, 
By schisms rent asunder. 

By heresies distrest; 
Yet saints their watch are keeping, 

Their cry goes up, "How long?" 
And soon the night of weeping 

Shall be the morn of song. 

Mid toil and tribulation, 

And tumult of her war, 
She waits the consummation 

Of peace for evermore; 
Till with the vision glorious 

Her longing eyes are blest, 
And the great Church victorious 

Shall be the Church at rest.

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