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 Israel 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 traveled 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. 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

Who Wrote There's Something About That Name

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 the loss of grandparents and the 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 crises that they have no control over but to Master, Savior, Jesus.
Bill and Gloria Gaither

When people are on their deathbeds they turn to this name. Jesus is the savior and Lord 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.

There Is Something About That Name Lyrics

Below are the lyrics of this beautiful hymn:

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; there's just something about that name.
Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain;
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all Heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,
But there's something about that name.
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,
But there's something about that name.

For more lyrics and stories visit Popular and old hymns history.

Jesus There's Something About That Name Song Video


Below is a video featuring the  Gaither Vocal Band singing There's Something About That Name.





Saturday, 20 June 2015

There is A Balm in Gilead Hymn and Lyrics

There is A Balm in Gilead Song History

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 the 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.

There is a balm in Gilead
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 no healing for the wounds of my people?". In this spiritual, the balm is spiritual medicine to deal with the sins of God's people.


There is A Balm in Gilead Lyrics


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




Chorus :

    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)

For a list of links for more popular and old Christian hymns and songs visit here.

Shall We Gather At the River Hymn, Lyrics and Video

Shall We Gather At The River Hymn Story

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)

Higher Ground Hymn Story

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 heavenward in Christ Jesus." (NIV)

Johnson Oatman Jr - Higher Ground hymn

Higher Ground (Lord Plant My Feet On Higher Ground) Video

 Below is a video of this hymn.



Higher Ground Lyrics

Below are the words or lyrics of Higher Ground (I am pressing on the upward way) hymn and


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 Hymn

Who Wrote The Gospel Song In The Garden

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

I come to the garden alone has divided opinions among Christians. It is loved and loathed in equal measure in the Christian community. Those who oppose this hymn think that it is too erotic and egocentric.

The History Behind I Come to the Garden Alone/In the Garden.

C Austin Miles says the inspiration for this hymn came to him in March 1912 when he was drawn to John 20-1-18. This is the story of the meeting between Jesus and Mary Magdalene soon after his resurrection.

He says as he read this chapter he felt as if he was part of the scene as Mary knelt before Jesus and addressed him as "Rabboni".

He says, "My hands were resting in the Bible while I stared at the light blue wall. As the light faded I seemed to be standing at the entrance of a garden, looking down a gently winding path, shaded by olive branches. He then describes the arrival of Mary, Peter, and John as they gathered at the tomb, followed by the appearance of Jesus.

He then states, " I awakened in full light, gripping the Bible, with muscles tense and nerves vibrating. Under the inspiration of this vision, I wrote as quickly as the words could be formed the poem exactly as it has appeared".

Therefore it is on the basis of this "vision" that the author came up with the words of this hymn. It has nothing to do with anything erotic.

The songs owes its popularity to two musicians, Homer Rodeheaver and Virginia Asher of the Billy Sunday evangelistic campaigns of the early twentieth century.

Popular Musicians Who Have Sang In the Garden.

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'.

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

Below is a video of this song.


In The Garden Lyrics / I come To The Garden Alone Lyrics

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!

For other links to other popular and old hymns visit here.

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 Story


'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 Lyrics

1. Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees) 
let us break bread together on our knees. (on our knees) 
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, 
O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me) 

2. Let us drink wine together on our knees, (on our knees) 
let us drink wine together on our knees. (on our knees) 
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, 
O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me) 

[3]. Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees) 
let us praise God together on our knees. (on our knees) 
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, 
O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me) 

4. Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees) 
let us praise God together on our knees. (on our knees) 
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, 
O Lord, have mercy if you please. (if you please) 

For more lyrics and stories of famous hymns click here.

Let Us Break Bread Together Youtube Video.






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 Story


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 uses 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 Story and Lyrics

All Hail The Power of Jesus Name Hymn Story


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 a 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 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

Who Wrote There Is A Green Hill Far Away Hymn?


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 about 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 a hymn writer was also a poet and was born in Dublin to Major John Humphreys and his wife Elizabeth (nee Reed).

There Is A Green Hill Far Away Hymn Lyrics


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

History Behind Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Hymn

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

John Greenleaf Whittier - Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Hymn
He spent time as a 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.

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Lyrics


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.

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind  Hymn Video


Saturday, 13 June 2015

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

When We Walk With The Lord History

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.' 

Daniel B Towner- 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 the 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.

A brief Intro of the Author: John H. Sammis

Sammis was born in 1846 in Brooklyn. Later on, he shifted to Logansport, Indiana at the age of 22. He later converted to Christianity and became an active member of Y.M.C.A., and served as a secretary for the TH Association.

He studied at Lane seminary. After leaving the seminary he pastored some Indianapolis churches. In 1909, he joined the Los Angeles Bible Institute.

He wrote over 100 hymns. However, “When we walk with the Lord” is the most prominent hymns among all.

Complete Text Information of “When we walk with the Lord”


Here is the complete information about this hymn:

Author: John H. Sammis (1887)
Composer: Professor Daniel Towner
Title: Trust and Obey
First Line: When we walk with the Lord
Language: English
Meter: 6.6.9 D with refrain
Refrain First Line: Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
Liturgical Use: Songs of Response
Copyright: Public Domain

Beautiful Message in the hymn: When we walk with the Lord


The hymn covers two aspects of everyone's salvation which are our faith and willingly or unwillingly obey the words of Almighty God. However, if we follow Him willingly, it will be much better. Let’s try to understand the message of this hymn:

  • Stanza 1: If we trust and obey the commandment of God, we will walk in the light. If we do so, the Lord will shed his blessing and glory on our way. Thus, Christ will definitely abide in us because we abide in His words.
  • Stanza 2: Shadows and clouds are most often considered the tribulations and trials of life. His smile expresses grace and He helps us when we want or need help. Whether we have doubts, sighs, tears, and fears, the Lord promises that if we trust Him and leave everything to Him, He will give us our desires.
  • Stanza 3: Each and every Christian has a burden to bear. So keep in mind that God is not unjust and doesn’t forget to repay what we do for Him. Even in a severe loss or grief, if we turn to our Lord and trust Him instead of putting confidence in men, He will certainly hear us and bless us.
  • Stanza 4: We can never appreciate the delights of His love until we surrender all at his altar. The secret to spiritual success is to trust and obey Him. We should sacrifice our most beloved things for Him and in return, He will reward us for our acts.
  • Stanza 5: “Sit at His feet” means listening to the words of Jesus carefully. To “Walk by His side in the way” shows that we should do what we heard from Jesus. If we do what Jesus says us to do and we go where He sends us to go, it means we trust and obey Jesus and this will lead us to salvation. 


When We Walk With the Lord Lyrics

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

Below is a youtube video on this hymn, When We Walk With The World.


For links for more stories on hymn visit, Popular Hymns, and History.

Will Your Anchor Hold?- Story Behind This Classic Hymn

Will Your Anchor Hold History

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 seafaring analogy in making its point.
Will Your Anchor Hold In The Storms of Life? (hymn)

Will Your Anchor Hold Lyrics

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
         Steadfast 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.


Below is we have an anchor that keeps the soul youtube video.



Saturday, 30 May 2015

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - The Kings Heralds

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Hymn History


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.

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross Hymn Lyrics


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"

The video below features this song, "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross".


Monday, 6 April 2015

Does Jesus Care? Hymn History and Lyrics

Does Jesus Care Hymn History

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.

Frank E Graeff
His sunny disposition was in spite 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.

During the testing experience that led to this hymn, Frank E Graeff is reported to have turned to God's word found in 1 Peter 5:7 which states, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (NIV). It was after meditating upon this verse that Frank E Graeff wrote the lyrics of this hymn,.







Does Jesus Care Hymn Lyrics


Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress
And the way grows weary and long?

Refrain

Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Refrain

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Refrain

Does Jesus care when I’ve said goodbye
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Refrain

Does Jesus Care Hymn Youtube Video


In the youtube video below,  The Isaacs group sing this 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.





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

Joy To The World Story

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.



Joy To The World Lyrics


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.

Joy To The World Youtube Video


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. 

Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty Hymn Story and Lyrics

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.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty Lyrics


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!

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

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

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! 

For more stories and lyrics of popular hymns click here.

Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty Hymn Video


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





Saturday, 28 March 2015

Show Pity, Lord, O Lord, Forgive Hymn - Isaac Watts' Prayer For Forgiveness

Show Pity, Lord, O Lord, Forgive Hymn Story


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.

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.

Show Pity Lord O Lord Forgive Lyrics


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.

For more lyrics and stories of popular hymns click here.

Show Pity Lord, O Lord Forgive Hymn Video