Best Hymns Ever Written

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  1. Old Union Brother

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    What do you feel is the best hymns ever written?

    I'll start it off with these two
    Amazing Grace
    When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
     
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    In The Garden
    Lord I lift Your Name on High
    What a fiend We Have in Jesus.
     
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    AAAAAHHHHHH! One of these is, by definition, not a hymn. "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" by Bobby Vee is more a hymn than "Lord, I Lift." Another one is one of the most vapid, uninspired hymn texts ever written. The last one, well, isn't too bad, I guess.

    Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
    O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
    There Is a Fountain
    Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
    The God of Abraham Praise
    Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
     
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    How great thou Art.
    I serve a Risen Savior.
     
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    Rejoice! Rejoice, O Christian!
     
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    My favorite is, "It Is Well With My Soul."
     
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    I like "One day"
    the chorus of this is my signature on BB.
     
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    "The Ninety and Nine"
    Words: Elizabeth Clephane, 1868. Music: Ira Sankey, 1874.
     
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    Forgot "Out of My Bondage, Sorrow and Night." One of the best gospel hymns ever. "Lead Me to Calvary" is another great one.
     
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    Come Christians Join to Sing and A Mighty Fortress are two of my favorites.
     
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    That's the one.
     
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    I've head the definition of a hymn as "Sung praise to God." do you have a different one?

    I'll Add:

    -The Solid Rock (My hope is found in nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness)
    -In Christ Alone
     
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    A hymn must, by definition be strophic in text and tune. Songs that are either brief "choruses" with no stanzas or through-composed pieces are not hymns.

    Both those you mentioned are, though. Even though In Christ Alone is often performed as a contemporary piece, its text is very good and is strophic. It lends itself to being performed in hymn style very well.
     
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    I've found lots of dictionaries with the definition "A song of praise to God," So I'm going to defend "Lord I Lift Your Name on High" as a hymn.
     
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    Oldie: And Can It Be

    Newbie: In Christ Alone
     
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    1. Be Thou My Vision

    2. Oh Thou in Whose Presence (especially when sung slow and without musical accompaniment, it makes the words and their meaning really hit home)

    3. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

    4. Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled my Soul

    5. I Stand Amazed
     
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    "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing"
    "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken"
    "What Wondrous Love Is This"
    'O Sacred Head Now Wounded"
    "God of Grace and God of Glory"

    Also, on another forum, there is a thread on the Top 300 Baptist Hymns. Here is a link.

    Tim Reynolds
     
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    Not one of my favorites, but it really resonates with some people.

    This is one of the most popular praise choruses today, but it drives me nuts. The lyrics, which I have heard described by a worship leader as "telling the whole gospel," have an appalling omission...

    "He came from heaven to earth to show the way" (that's the Incarnation)
    "From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay" (that's the crucifixion)
    "From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky..." (that's the burial and then suddenly past the resurrection into what might be the ascension?)

    Was the body of Jesus placed into the tomb and then it was taken into heaven? What about the resurrection and Jesus appearing to His followers for 40 days?

    I certainly don't think that any hymn or spiritual song has to say everything, or even present anything close to a complete view of the gospel. Hymns and spirituals songs are a small element of the worshiping community's encounter with the gospel message and the Risen Lord. However, if we are going to teach doctrine like this (essentially, claim to summarize the location and sequence of Christ's ministry), we don't need to gloss over the resurrection.

    Yikes! :laugh:

    I think the typo monster got you. I think you're probably singing, "What a FRIEND we have in Jesus" instead. :thumbs:
     
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    My all time favorite. The opening music of the late great J Vernon McGee's daily radio teaching broadcast...

     

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