Saturday, 25 July 2015

God Down Moses - Negro Spirituals Stories.

In this post we discuss one of the most popular negro spirituals, "Go Down Moses" or as others call it "Let My People Go.

To be very honest it would be better to call negro spirituals, slave songs as they were actually composed by slaves and reflect their situation at that time and their hope that somehow God was going to intervene to free them from slavery. One of those slave songs or negro spirituals is this spiritual, Go Down Moses.

The power and source of most of the negro spirituals come from the Exodus experience of the children of Isreael in the Bible. As we all know the Jews were once slaves in Egypt. But with God's help the Jews gained their freedom. The God of Abraham parted the Red Sea for the Jews to cross and they travelled safely from Egypt to the land of Canaan. A land flowing with milk and honey.

The African slaves identified with the Jews and longed for their own freedom. They thought, "If God could do that for the Jews, God can do that for us too!"

Go Down Moses is one of those songs. Most of the negro spirituals used coded messages to hide the message from their white slave masters. The Israel in the songs refers to African slaves in the South of America (USA). The "pharaoh" and "Egypt" refer to the slave masters and the land of slavery, in this case America.

The name Moses in the song actually refers to Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman was called "Moses" for her work with the Underground Railroad. The repeated refrain of the song declares, "Let My People Go!" How the white master could hear these words and think they only referred to some long-dead Egyptian Pharaoh is hard to understand. The powerful song, however, is a reminder that God is always opposed to the enslavement and oppression of people. 
Let My People Cover of Sheet Music  1862

Below are lyrics of one version of this song:-

When Israel was in Egypt's land: Let my people go,
Oppress'd so hard they could not stand, Let my People go.
Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt's land,
Tell old Pharaoh,
Let my people go.

In the video below, Louis Armstrong sings this beautiful song, Go Down Moses.





Sunday, 21 June 2015

Jesus There's Something About That Name Song

Bill and Gloria Gaither are the authors and composers of this beautiful song, "Jesus, There's Something About That Name". They composed this song in 1970 when Bill was 34 years old and Gloria was 28 years old.

It was composed after loss of grandparents and onset of their own parenthood. We can only speculate as to what was going on in their minds at this difficult and challenging time.

Jesus is the name that billions of people in this world turn to when they face all sorts of challenges. Christians going through wars such as the war in the Middle East turn to this name for safety. Where else would they go when going through such crisises that they have no control over but to Master, Savior, Jesus.

When people are on their deathbeds they turn to this name. Jesus is the savior to them as they face their end.

Even those that have few problems can turn to him to praise Him for all the blessings that they are experiencing. There is indeed something about that name.

Kings and kingdoms shall pass away.
But there's something about that name.

Below is a video showing 3ABN campmeeting congregation singing, "Something About That Name" led by Dannyy Shelton.


Bill and Gloria Gaither

Saturday, 20 June 2015

There is A Balm in Gilead Hymn and Lyrics

There is a Balm in Gilead is one of the most famous Black American negro spirituals. There have been various versions of this spiritual over the years and first appearance of this spiritual in its present form is uncertain. Washington Glass included it in his hymn "The Sinners Cure" in 1854 and attributed it to himself but it is definitely not his.

It appears to draw its inspiration from Jeremiah chapter 8 v. 22: "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there on healing for the wounds of my people?". In this spiritual the balm is spiritual medicine to deal with the sins of God's people.

Below are there is a balm in Gilead lyrics and video.


Chorus (in bold):

    There is a balm in Gilead
    To make the wounded whole;
    There is a balm in Gilead
    To heal the sin-sick soul.


    Some times I feel discouraged,
    And think my work’s in vain,
    But then the Holy Spirit
    Revives my soul again.

(Chorus)

    If you cannot sing like angels,
    If you can’t preach like Paul,
    You can tell the love of Jesus,
    And say He died for all.

(Chorus)
There is a balm in Gilead

Shall We Gather At the River Hymn, Lyrics and Video

The video below is a piano instrumental music rendition of one of the most popular Christian gospel songs popularly known to many people as, 'Shall We gather At the River'.

The author of this beautiful hymn is American poet and music composer Robert Lowry (1826-1899). This traditional Christian hymn was actually titled 'Hanson Place' but is now popularly named 'Shall We Gather at the River' or 'At the River'. Hanson Place Baptist Church in Brooklyn is the church where Robert Lowry served as a minister of the word of God.

Robert Lowry - Shall We Gather At The River Hymn

Shall We Gather At The River lyrics and hymn video.


1. Shall we gather at the river,
where bright angel feet have trod,
with its crystal tide forever
flowing by the throne of God?
Refrain:
Yes, we'll gather at the river,
the beautiful, the beautiful river;
gather with the saints at the river
that flows by the throne of God.

2. On the margin of the river,
washing up its silver spray,
we will walk and worship ever,
all the happy golden day.
(Refrain)

3. Ere we reach the shining river,
lay we every burden down;
grace our spirits will deliver,
and provide a robe and crown.
(Refrain)

4. Soon we'll reach the shining river,
soon our pilgrimage will cease;
soon our happy hearts will quiver
with the melody of peace.
(Refrain)

Higher Ground (Lord Plant My Feet on Higher Ground) by Christian Edition Male Chorus

In the video below Christian Edition a well known Adventist male chorus, sing a classic Christian gospel song, Higher Ground (Lord Plant My Feet On higher Ground).

Johnson Oatman Jr (1856-1922) is the author of this prayer gospel song.The music to the words of the song was added by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

The author is reported to have written about 3,000 songs from 1892 to 1922 when he died.His songs were in demand by gospel musicians of his day including Charles Gabriel, William James Kirkpatrick and Edwin Excell.

Higher Ground is a prayer song that seems to have been inspired by Philippians 3:14 -"I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus." (NIV)

Johnson Oatman Jr - Higher Ground hymn
Below are the words or lyrics of Higher Ground (I am pressing on the upward way) hymn and a video of Christian Edition singing this hymn.



1.
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Refrain: 
Lord, lift me up, and let me stand
By faith on Canaan’s tableland;
A higher plane than I have found,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

2
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
3
I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
4
I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till rest I’ve found,
“Lord, lead me on to higher ground.”

Here is a link to a post that links to most of the songs shared on this blog.

In The Garden / I Come To The Garden Alone Gospel Song Sung by Ladye Love Smith

Ladye Love Smith singing a well known great Christian gospel song, 'I come to the garden alone' or its real title 'In the garden'. Ladye Love Smith and her husband Reggie are  regular musicians on the Bill and Gloria Gaither Homecoming series.

I come to the garden alone was composed in 1912 by C Austin Miles(1868-1946), a pharmacist by profession.

This is a very popular song and was a favorite of Elvis Presley. It is in some respects one of Elvis Presley's gospel songs as he helped in exposing this song to the youth of his day. Elvis Presley included this song on his gospel album 'How Great Thou Art'.

Johny Cash also popularised it further when it was included posthumously in his 5 CD box set Cash Unearthed in November 2003

Reggie and Ladye Love Smith
Below is the video of the song.


Below are the lyrics of this gospel hymn, 'In the Garden' or 'I Come To The Garden alone.

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses . . .

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

He speaks and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that he gave to me,
Within my heart is ringing . . .

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

Christian Music : Give Me The Bible Music Special by Kenneth Cox Ministries

The video below brings to us songs that were sung during a concert during the Give Me The Bible evengelistic seminar by veteran evangelist Kenneth Cox. The songs include, 'On One More Valley', 'The Man in the Sky', 'He Chose Me', 'Beautiful Life', 'In His Hands', His Eye is on The Sparrow' and 'When I Come To The End". The musicians appearing in this video are Joe Pearle and Donna Klein

Donna Klein - Kenneth Cox Ministries



Let Us Break Bread Together Lyrics and Story: Famous Negro Spirituals

'Let Us Break Bread Together' follows in the tradition of most negro spirituals in its simplicity in both words and tune. Negro spirituals were mostly composed by black American slaves with no western training in music. Some scholars believe that the slaves simply added words to African traditional folk tunes they had left behind in  Africa.

This hymn or spiritual has found use among young people as it is easy to accompany it with acoustic guitars and therefore lends itself to a freer form of worship. It has also gradually found acceptance among the older Christians as well. This is clearly shown by its inclusion in many hymn books and albums such as the late 1970s album The Old Rugged cross by long-standing and revered gospel singer George Beverly Shea.

This song is mainly used during communion services. It reminds us of our spiritual food and drink presented through the bread and wine during holy communion.



Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees negro spiritual






All Glory, Laud and Honor hymn Story and Lyrics

All Glory, Laud and Honor hymn was written by St Theodulf of Orleans while imprisoned in the cloisters of Angers, France in 820. It was originally written in Latin under the title, 'Gloria, laus et honor'. The English version is a translation by John Mason Neale.

Although sung at other times this hymn is usually sung as a Palm Sunday hymn. It beautifully captures the spontaneous joy which greeted the King of Kings as he triumphantly rode into Jerusalem

It is based on Matthew 21:1-11 although reference to 'palm' follows the Biblical version of John's Gospel since both in the gospels of Matthew and Mark the crowd use branches from the trees.


 All Glory, Laud and Honor hymn lyrics:-

Refrain:
All glory, laud, and honor
to thee, Redeemer, King!
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David's royal Son,
who in the Lord's Name comest,
the King and Blessed One. Refrain

The company of angels
are praising thee on high;
and mortal men and all things
created make reply. Refrain

The people of the Hebrews
with palms before thee went;
our praise and prayer and anthems
before thee we present. Refrain

To thee before thy passion
they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted,
our melody we raise. Refrain

Thou didst accept their praises;
accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest
thou good and gracious King. Refrain


All Glory, Laud and Honor Hymn



Below is the King's College cambridge singing,  All Glory, Laud and Honor hymn




All Hail The Power of Jesus Name hymn

Folks, 'All Hail The Power of Jesus Name' hymn is one of the most well known hymns in Christianity. It is sung in almost all the major Christian denominations and found in most hymns.

Edward Perronet, a Frenchman who settled in England in 1680, is the author of this hymn. His father was vicar of Shoreham parish church from 1728 to 1785 and was known as trusted adviser to the Wesleys. Edward followed John Wesley on his journey and eventually he became Minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, Canterbury.

All the Power of Jesus Name is often called the 'Coronation Hymn'. The basic, constant, proclamation is 'Crown Him Lord of All'. It is simply among the finest in English hymnody.

It made it first appearance in the November, 1779 issue of the Gospel Magazine. Augustus Montague Toplady, author of "Rock of Ages" was the editor of this magazine at that time.
All Hail the Power  of Jesus Name Hymn

All Hail The Power of Jesus Name lyrics.

    All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ Name!
    Let angels prostrate fall;
    Bring forth the royal diadem,
    And crown Him Lord of all!
   
    Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
    Ye ransomed from the fall,
    Hail Him Who saves you by His grace,
    And crown Him Lord of all!
   
    Let every kindred, every tribe,
    On this terrestrial ball,
    To Him all majesty ascribe,
    And crown Him Lord of all!
   
    Oh, that with yonder sacred throng
    We at His feet may fall!
    We’ll join the everlasting song,
    And crown Him Lord of all!






Friday, 19 June 2015

At The Name of Jesus Hymn - Caroline Maria Noel (1817-77)

Caroline Maria Noel (1817-77) is the composer of this popular hymn, 'At the Name of Jesus'. It was originally designated as a processional for Ascension Day and appeared in Mrs Noel's The Name of Jesus and Other Poems of 1870.

This hymn is based on Philippians 2,9. Here is Philippians 2:8-10, 'He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.'

The author was the daughter of an Anglican clergyman. She spent the last 25 years of her life bedridden by a painful and crippling illness and much of her time was spent composing hymns for fellow sufferers.

Before this illness Caroline Maria Noel had tried her hand at composing poems but gave it up. This however changed when she became an invalid as she took advantage of her situation to compose a lot of poems and hymns.

At the Name of Jesus hymn
Below are the lyrics of 'At the Name of Jesus' hymn.


 1) At the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess Him King of glory now;
'Tis the Father's pleasure we should call Him Lord,
Who from the beginning was the mighty Word.

2) Mighty and mysterious in the highest height,
God from everlasting, very light of light:
In the Father's bosom with the spirit blest,
Love, in love eternal, rest, in perfect rest.

3) At His voice creation sprang at once to sight,
All the angel faces, all the hosts of light,
Thrones and dominations, stars upon their way,
All the heavenly orders, in their great array.

4) Humbled for a season, to receive a name
From the lips of sinners unto whom He came,
Faithfully He bore it, spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious when from death He passed.

5) Bore it up triumphant with its human light,
Through all ranks of creatures, to the central height,
To the throne of Godhead, to the Father's breast;
Filled it with the glory of that perfect rest.

6) Name Him, brothers, name Him, with love strong as death
But with awe and wonder, and with bated breath!
He is God the Savior, He is Christ the Lord,
Ever to be worshipped, trusted and adored.

Below is a video of this song.






Sunday, 14 June 2015

There Is A Green Hill Far Away: Story Behind Hymn and Lyrics

Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-95) is the composer of this extremely popular hymn, There Is A Green Hill Far Away. It draws its inspiration from the Apostles Creed especially the line that goes, 'Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.'

It is generally believed to have been written at the bedside of a sick young person. The writer gives substance and answer to those who inquire why Jesus died. She talks of God's forgiveness. 

She speaks of how man can reclaim his original close relationship with God, and suggests the only possible response is the total giving of loving self. The event was for us.

Cecil Frances Alexander, besides being hymn writer was also a poet, and was born in Dublin to Major John Humphreys and his wife Elizabeth (nee Reed).

Below are There is a green hill far away hymn lyrics: -

There is a green hill far away,
outside a city wall,
where our dear Lord was crucified
who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell,
what pains he had to bear,
but we believe it was for us
he hung and suffered there.

He died that we might be forgiven,
he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heaven,
saved by his precious blood.

There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin,
he only could unlock the gate
of heaven and let us in.

O dearly, dearly has he loved!
And we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood,
and try his works to do.

Below is also a video  showing the King's College singing this beautiful hymn, there is a green hill far away.


Cecil Frances Alexander - There Is A Green Hill Far Away hymn



Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Hymn Lyrics and History

The author of this beautiful and well loved hymn, "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind", is John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92). He was from Massachussetts and wrote poetry and found early inspiration from Robert Burns.

He spent time as journalist and editor and became Secretary of the American Anti-Slavery Society. This hymn was written against the background of boisterous revival meetings of the time.

He was a quaker who believed in worshiping God in silent meditation and deplore the histrionics associated with the Evangelical movement. 

He originally wrote this poem as a meditation poem and did not expect this hymn to be sung. It should however be pointed out that he did allow the verses to be used in a hymn book published in 1884.

This hymn has long been regarded as an excellent statement that Christians should learn the virtue of silence and humility before God. From this they will learn what is the will of God.
John Greenleaf Whittier - Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Hymn

Below are the lyrics of this hymn, "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind."

1. Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2. In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word,
rise up and follow thee.

3. O sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

4. Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

5. Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

When We Walk With The Lord Hymn (Trust And Obey) - History of hymn

This hymn came about from an incident at one of Dwight L Moody's revival meetings in 1887. A young man who had just given his life to the Lord Jesus Christ was reportedly heard saying, 'I am not quite sure - I am going to trust and obey.' 

The music director of the Moody Bible Institute, Professor Towner, was present at the meeting when these words were uttered. Based on these words, Professor Towner with help of John Sammis, who developed the lyrics , composed the music to this hymn Trust and Obey or When we walk with the Lord.

The words seem so simple but they express the feelings of many Christians. It is not easy to trust and obey but that is what we are all called to do if we are to be happy in Jesus.

This song has remained popular with many Christian singers to this day and it is my hope that you too will be blessed by this simple but powerful Christian song.
Daniel B Towner- Trust and Obey

Below are the lyrics of this well known hymn, "

Refrain:

Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Refrain

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

Refrain

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Refrain

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we'll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Refrain

Will Your Anchor Hold?- Story Behind This Classic Hymn

The author of this hymn, "Will Your Anchor Hold", is Priscilla Owens. She was born in Baltimore , USA in 1829 of Scottish and Welsh blood. For over 50 years Priscilla Owens was actively involved in work for Christian youths and most of her songs were therefore composed for children. 

Besides this hymn she is also well known as the composer of another beloved christian hymn, "We have heard a joyful sound". She also composed several other hymns during her fruitful life on earth.

"Will Your Anchor Hold" was sung outside the door of the dying hymn writer Mary Fawler Maude (Thine For Ever! God of love). She sent her singers the message, "Tell them that it does not fail - it holds."

The hymn suggests that personal stability can only come from the right foundations. It employs a sea faring analogy in making its point.
Will Your Anchor Hold In The Storms of Life? (hymn)

Below are the lyrics of this Christian hymn classic:-

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?

  We have an anchor that keeps the soul
         Stedfast and sure while the billows roll,
         Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
         Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy the blast, through strength divine.

It will firmly hold in the straits of fear,
When the breakers have told the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.

It will surely hold in the floods of death,
When the waters cold chill our latest breath;
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the veil.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - The Kings Heralds

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross is one of the most famous and favorite hymns composed by Isaac Watts. Crucifixion to the World by the Cross of Christ was the original heading as found in Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707.The second line of the original hymn read, "where the young prince of Glory died" but this was later changed by later hymnology compilers who were uncomfortable with such a description of Christ.

It looks as if Isaac Watts was guided by Galatians 6,14 in composing this beautiful hymn which is now the favorite hymn of millions of Christians. It is only in the Cross of Christ that we can find salvation and power to live our daily lives. The cross should be the center of all our beliefs and prayers. Without the cross we are all hopeless creatures in this world. May we never boast except in the cross of Christ. Please find below 'When I Survey The Wondrous Cross' hymn lyrics.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Isaac Watts - composer 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"

In the video below The King's Heralds quartet sings, "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross".

Monday, 6 April 2015

Does Jesus Care? : Story Behind Timeless and Old Christian Hymns

In this video Mark Trammell sings of the most popular christian hymns, a timeless and classic hymn, "Does Jesus Care". It is an excellent hymn for the sick, the bereaved and those who have lost hope through hardship. Many also use it as a hymn or song for a funeral.

Frank E Graeff is the author of this song. Frank E. Graeff was a minister in the Methodist denomination and served some of its leading churches, in the Philadelphia Conference. He was well known for his sunny disposition.

His sunny disposition was inspite of the severe testing experiences that he had to go through throughout his life. This song was born out of these testing experiences and he comes out still trusting in the love and care of Jesus.

Classic Christian Music Video Featuring King's Heralds, Denise Barclay, Matt Throgmorten, Steve Darmody etc


A timeless and classic Christian Music video from 3ABN television featuring King's Heralds, Denise Barclay, Matt Throgmorten, Steve Darmody etc singing in the studios of the Three Angels Broadcasting Network in the United States.
Classic Christian Hymns

Christian Music Video: Jeremy Hall, Burchfield Brothers, Hope's Call, Darrell Marshall, Denise Barclay etc


This is a Christian Music video featuring talented musicians on 3ABN television. The musicians include Jeremy Hall, Burchfield Brothers, Hope's Call, Darrell Marshall, Denise Barclay etc.

Joy To The World Lyrics and Story - E T Everett Instrumental Piano Christmas Carol

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) is the author of the words and lyrics of this famous Christmas song that has blessed millions in for hundreds of years. He wrote the words in 1719 and this is just one of the many hymns and carols that he wrote. 

The University of Edinburgh awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1728 in recognition of his contribution to Christian music and enriching the Christian experience through other ways.

This song is based on the second half of Psalm 98 in the bible and was not initially meant to celebrate the first coming of Christ, his birth, but rather his return at the end of the world. 

We are called to celebrate because God, as always, has been true to his word and has finally brought redemption to the house of Israel.

The music to this carol is traditionally thought to have come from the famous George Frederick Handel famous for the Hallelujah Chorus. Scholars are however still not agreed on this.

Isaac Watts has written other songs such as When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, O God Our Help In Ages Past, Jesus Shall Reign where er the Sun and Show Pity Lord O Lord Forgive.

Below are the lyrics of this Christmas carol.

Verse 1
Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her king;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Verse 2
Joy to the earth! the savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

Verse 3
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

Verse 4
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders of his love,

And wonders, wonders, of his love.

Below is piano rendition of one of the most famous traditional English Christmas carols,  Joy To The World played by E T Everett on 3ABN. This Christmas song is popular among both kids and adults  and I know you will be blessed as you listen to this Christmas hymn.



3ABN Old and Timeless Christmas Music, Carols and Readings Video


This is a very exciting and inspiring collection of traditional English classic Christmas carols and readings from the Kenneth Cox Ministries. You will definitely be blessed by listening and watching this Christmas carols video as seen on 3ABN and the program was entitled, On A Silent Night : An hour of Christmas Carols And Readings

The Best Classic Christmas Carols Collection: Mary Did You Know, Silent Night, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear etc


This is an excellent and exciting collection of some well known Christimas carols sang by some of the most talented musicians that appear on 3ABN. The carols include Mary Did You Know, Silent Night, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear etc

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty (3ABN) with lyrics


Reggie and Ladye Love Smith singing one of the most famous praise hymns in Christianity and hymns that focuses our minds on the Trinity doctrine.It is was written by Bishop Heber of Cheshire England.

1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity. 

Timeless Christian Music Video : My Help, Holy Holy Holy, There is A Quiet Place etc

This classic and timeless Christian Music video below includes songs such as My Help, Holy Holy Holy, There is A Quiet Place etc.

Story Behind Classic Hymn : Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty

The author of Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty was Bishop Heber. Bishop Heber was born in Cheshire in England and was termed a model clergyman. He wrote 57 hymns and one critic of his time said he enshrined in his hymns the lyric spirit of Scott and Byron. Tennyson said this was his favorite hymn. It expounds the Doctrine of the Trinity and gives chance and reason for the Christian to praise God, the thrice Holy, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Inspiring Story Behind "Show pity, Lord, O Lord, forgive" Isaac watts' prayer for forgiveness

Isaac Watts, that prolific writer of English hymns, has contributed a most helpful penitential hymn, which bears the date of 1719. The sentiment of this hymn is rather an assumption of sin and a realization of God's knowledge of it, and therefore a penitential petition for forgiveness.

watts' prayer for forgiveness


Show pity, Lord; O Lord! forgive;
Let a repenting rebel live.
Are not Thy mercies large and free?
May not a sinner trust in Thee?

Great God, Thy Nature hath no bound,
So let Thy pardoning Love be found.
wash my soul from every sin,
And make my guilty conscience clean!

My lips with shame my sins confess
Against Thy law, against Thy grace:
Lord, should Thy judgment grow severe,
1 am condemned, but Thou art clear.

Yet save a trembling sinner. Lord,
Whose hope, still hovering round Thy word,
Would light on some sweet promise there,
Some sure support against despair.

This hymn is a versification of the fifty-first psalm. In this psalm David prays for the remission of sins, making deep confession. It was after he had been guilty of specially heinous sin. It is, therefore, a psalm which is always appropriate in times of humiliation or at services of confession. The psalms, as we know, were the first hymn book. They still, in their scriptural form, are chanted in the churches. In their proper rendering we have the privilege of most beautiful and expressive worship. Some of the best of our hymns are versifications of these old biblical chants of the sanctuary. Of these, Luther and Watts have given us two of the best in their respective renditions of the 130th and 51st psalms.

"From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee" Luther's 130TH psalm

It has been well said of Luther that he is the "Ambrose of German hymnody." This is high but deserved praise. His hymns are characterized by simplicity and strength and have a popular churchly tone in the true sense of that word churchly. Julian says: "They breathe the bold, confident, joyful spirit of justifying faith, which was the beating heart of his theology and piety." A striking illustration of this is found in his hymn of penitence, which is a versification of the thought of the psalmist, namely, "Aus tiefer Noth schrei ich zu Dir"

Luther began the writing of hymns in 1523, and as this hymn bears the date of 1524 it is therefore among the earlier of his contributions to the rich storehouse of Evangelical hymnody. His hymns were the product of his environment and the expression of his strong faith in the presence of trial. A careful reading of the text of this hymn, while it is strictly penitential, shows lines strikingly expressive
of faith and trust. There are several translations of the vigorous German of this hymn into very excellent English.

The translation which is probably most familiar and which is most widely used is that of Miss Winkworth, which we here give. It will prove excellent devotional reading.

Luther's 130TH psalm


Out of the depths I cry to Thee,
Lord, hear me, I implore Thee!
Bend down Thy gracious ear to me,
Let my prayer come before Thee!
If Thou remember each misdeed.
If each should have its rightful meed,
Who may abide Thy presence?

Our pardon is Thy gift ; Thy Love
And grace alone avail us.
Our works could ne'er our guilt remove,
The strictest life must fail us.
That none may boast himself of aught.
But own in fear Thy grace hath wrought
What in him seemeth righteous.

And thus my hope is in the Lord,
And not in mine own merit:
I rest upon His faithful word
To them of contrite spirit.
That He is merciful and just —
Here is my comfort and my trust.
His help I wait with patience.

And though it tarry till the night.
And round till morning waken,
My heart shall ne'er mistrust Thy might.
Nor count itself forsaken.
Do thus, O ye of Israel's seed.
Ye of the Spirit born indeed,
Wait for your God's appearing.

Though great our sins and sore our woes,
His grace much more aboundeth;
His helping love no limit knows,
Our utmost need it soundeth.
Our kind and faithful Shepherd, He,
Who shall at last set Israel free
From all their sin and sorrow.

"Away in a manger, no crib for a bed" A Classic Christmas Lullaby & Carol

Martin Luther has given us another Christmas hymn — at least it is commonly attributed to him — the ''Cradle Hymn," which is a marvelously sweet lullaby. This hymn is very short; but it is very dear to the little ones, who without exception soon learn to sing and to love it.

A CHRISTMAS LULLABY


Away in a manger, no crib for His bed.
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head;

The stars in the sky looked down where He lay —
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes.
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;

I love Thee, Lord Jesus. Look down from the sky,
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

The above is distinctly a "cradle hymn." It is so simple, so evangelical and so beautiful that even if the critics cannot agree as to its authorship, we certainly are unanimous as to its use.

Good News From Heaven The Angels Bring - Luther's Timeless Classic Christmas hymn

Martin Luther, who contributed much to the Reformation cause through his hymns, which are known by every peasant in Germany, and for which in most instances he has furnished his own melody, has given us one of the very best and most meaningful of our Christmas hymns.

Luther's Christmas hymn

Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a Child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven.

This is the Christ, our God and Lord,
Who in all need shall aid afford;
He will Himself our Saviour be,
From all our sins to set us free.

To us that blessedness He brings,
Which from the Father's bounty springs:
That in the heavenly realm we may
With Him enjoy eternal day.

All hail! Thou noble Guest, this morn.
Whose Love did not the sinner scorn:
In my distress Thou comest to me;
What thanks shall I return to Thee?

Were earth a thousand times as fair.
Beset with gold and jewels rare,
She yet were far too poor to be
A narrow cradle, Lord, for Thee.

Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.

Praise God upon His heavenly throne,
Who gave to us His only Son:
For this His hosts, on joyful wing,
A blest New Year of mercy sing.

The original of this carol, we are told, Luther wrote for his little son Hans when he was only five years old. It is still sung at daybreak on Christmas morning by singers standing in the dome of the "Kreuz Kirche" in Dresden. Luther wrote it in 1535. The translation which is in most common use is by Miss Winkworth. The music bears the date of 1539 and has come down to us with the words as one of the glad notes of the Christmas time.

"Shout the glad tidings, exultingly sing" Muhlenberg's Christmas hymn

Hymns like these which we have just quoted prepare us to sing William Augustus Muhlenberg's valuable contribution to our Christmas collection of hymns. It is
a hymn in which the echoing harmonies of heaven touch a responsive chord in our very souls. We feel the power in the words and the melody and are literally ready to shout when called to sing —

Shout the glad tidings, exultingly sing,
Jerusalem triumphs, Messiah is King!
Sion, the marvellous story be telling,
The Son of the Highest, how lowly His birth!
The brightest archangel in glory excelling.
He stoops to redeem thee, He reigns upon earth:

Chorus. — Shout the glad tidings, exultingly sing,
Jerusalem triumphs, Messiah is King,
Messiah is King, Messiah is King.

Tell how He cometh; from nation to nation.
The heart-cheering news let the earth echo round;
How free to the faithful He offers salvation.
How His people with joy everlasting are crowned.


Mortals, your homage be gratefully bringing.
And sweet let the gladsome hosanna arise;
Ye angels, the full Alleluia be singing;
One chorus resound through the earth and the skies.

The text of this hymn has come to us unaltered from the pen of the author, who is the grandson of the Patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America, the Rev. Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, D. D. He bore a Lutheran name, but through attendance in English Sunday schools became an Episcopalian and carried his Lutheran spirit into that church, where he did a wonderful work in the development of hospital and other benevolent work in New York City.


"O Love that wilt not let me go" George Matheson, 1842-1906

DR. GEORGE MATHESON was one of the most be loved clergymen in the Church of Scotland. His writings were numerous and of a high order; but the marvel of it all is that he was able to accomplish so much without his sight, for from the age of fifteen he was totally blind. His hymn beginning, "O Love that wilt not let me go," was sung out of his blindness and gives evidence of the courage with which he bore his great affliction. 

His own story of how he came to write the hymn is well worth quoting: "My hymn was composed in the manse of Innellan on the evening of June 6, 1882. I was at the time alone. It was the day of my sister s marriage, and the rest of the family were staying overnight in Glasgow. Something had happened to me, which was known only to myself; and which caused the most severe mental suffering. It was the quickest bit of work I ever did in my life. I had the impression rather of having it dictated to me by some inward voice than of working it out myself." 

William T. Stead quotes this letter from a correspondent : "At a time of great spiritual darkness, when God, Christ, and heaven seemed to have gone out of my life, . . . I heard this hymn sung in a little country chapel. The first two lines haunted me for weeks, and at last brought light and comfort to my dark soul." 

Story Behind Classic Hymn "From Greenland's icy mountains" Reginald Heber, 1783-1826

BISHOP REGINALD HEBER, after years of longing for the spread of the gospel in India, crowned his career with a few years of most useful service as Bishop of Calcutta. He made extensive visitations among the struggling missions nearly a century ago and ordained the first Christian native, Christian David. At last he laid down his life, a victim of fever, as a result of his labors in that benighted land. 

During the years of his life as rector of Hodnet, while longing for a career in India, he wrote many hymns, as well as other forms of literary productions, and won the respect and friendship of Milman, Southey, and other litterateurs. 

One Saturday afternoon, the day before Whit sunday, 1819, he was at Wrexham Vicarage with his father-in-law, Dr. Shipley, Dean of Saint Asaph. Dr. Shipley was planning to preach on the following morning a sermon in aid of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, and in the evening Reginald Heber was to begin a series of lectures in the same church. As they sat together with some friends the Dean asked him to write a hymn on a missionary theme to be sung at the morning service. After Heber had retired for a while he returned and the Dean asked him: "What have you written?" Heber in reply read the first three verses of "From Greenland's icy mountains." The Dean exclaimed that they were very satisfactory. "No, no," replied Heber, "the sense is not complete." And so he added one more verse "Waft, waft, ye winds, His story" and the whole hymn was sung the next morning at the service. 


History Behind "Stand up, stand up for Jesus!" George Duffield, Jr., 1818-1888

THE hymn, "Stand up, stand up for Jesus," was written during the great revival of 1858, that came to be known as "The Work of God in Philadelphia." It was based upon the dying words of the Rev. Dudley A. Tyng, one of the most active ministers in the revival. It is said that, when he preached on March 30, 1858, at the noonday prayer meeting in Jayne s Hall, five thousand men listened to his sermon from the text, "Go now, ye that are men, and serve the Lord," and that before the close of the meeting over a thousand expressed their purpose to become Christians. 

A few days later at "Brookfield," not far from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, he left his study for a moment and went out to the barn, where a mule was working, harnessed to a machine, shelling corn. When he patted the mule on the head, his sleeve caught in the cogs of the wheel and his arm was frightfully torn. 

After a painful but short illness, death finally claimed him. As he was dying, his father asked him if he had any message for his fellow ministers in the revival. He replied, "Let us all stand up for Jesus." That message was borne to them along with the sorrowful news of his death. Dr. George Duffield, Jr., the following Sunday preached a memorial sermon on his late friend, Tyng, taking as his text Ephesians 6. 14; and he wrote this hymn, based upon Tyng's dying words, as a fitting climax to the thought of his sermon. 

History Behind Classic Hymn "All hail the power of Jesus name!" Edward Perronet, 1726-1792

THE Rev. Edward Perronet was a most devout man, who had the courage of his convictions and was not afraid to suffer for what he thought to be right. He lived in the days of the Wesleys and was intimate with them, and the philanthropic Lady Huntingdon was his patroness for a time. But these friends he felt it necessary to surrender because he conscientiously differed with them on some points of belief. His immortal hymn, "All hail the power of Jesus name," has proved a blessing to Protestants of all beliefs. 

One of the most dramatic instances of its use was found in the experience of the Rev. E. P. Scott in India. His friends had urged him not to venture near a certain barbarous inland tribe, whom he wished to evangelize. But he went forward with high courage, never wavering in his duty, and trusting in God to protect him. When at last he reached their country among the hills, he came upon a company of these savages. Immediately they surrounded him, pointing their spears at him with threatening scowls. He had nothing in his hands but his violin; and so, closing his eyes, he began to play and sing, "All hail the power of Jesus name." When at last he opened his eyes he expected to be killed instantly. But his life had been spared through the singing of the hymn. Their spears had dropped, and they received him first with curiosity and interest, and then later with eagerness, as he told them the gospel story and won their hearts to the will of Jesus Christ.  

History Behind "When I survey the wondrous cross" Author : Isaac Watts, 1674-1748

MATTHEW ARNOLD declared the greatest Christian hymn in the English language to be "When I survey the wondrous cross." At least it is admittedly the greatest hymn of a great hymn-writer, Isaac Watts, the father of modern English hymnody. He was the son of a deacon in the Independent Church, who had no sympathy with young Watts's custom of making rhymes and verses when a boy. At the age of eighteen Watts was one day ridiculing some of the poor hymns then sung in the churches, when his father said to him, sarcastically, "Make some yourself, then." Accordingly, Watts set himself to writing a hymn, and produced the lines beginning: "Behold the glories of the Lamb." That was the start of his eminent career as a hymn-writer. 

He became a clergyman, but illness compelled him to give up the pastorate, and for thirty-six years he remained at the home of Sir Thomas Abbey at Theobaldo, continuing his hymn-writing, which had reached its highest expression in this hymn, based on Paul s words, "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." 

Once, after this hymn had been sung in the Church of Saint Edmund, London, Father Ignatius repeated to his congregation the last two lines of the hymn impressively 

"Love so amazing, so divine, 
Demands my soul, my life, my all." 

And he added: "Well, I am surprised to hear you sing that. Do you know that altogether you put only fifteen shillings in the collection bag this morning?"