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One of my favorite hymns...

Discussion in 'Music Ministry' started by Spinach, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. Spinach

    Spinach New Member

    Dec 9, 2008
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    How Tedious and Tasteless
    by: John Newton

    How tedious and tasteless the hours
    When Jesus I no longer see;
    Sweet prospects, sweet birds and sweet flowers,
    Have all lost their sweetness to me;
    The midsummer sun shines but dim,
    The fields strive in vain to look gay.
    But when I am happy in Him,
    December’s as pleasant as May.

    His Name yields the richest perfume,
    And sweeter than music His voice;
    His presence disperses my gloom,
    And makes all within me rejoice.
    I should, were He always thus nigh,
    Have nothing to wish or to fear;
    No mortal as happy as I,
    My summer would last all the year.

    Content with beholding His face,
    My all to His pleasure resigned,
    No changes of season or place
    Would make any change in my mind:
    While blessed with a sense of His love,
    A palace a toy would appear;
    All prisons would palaces prove,
    If Jesus would dwell with me there.

    Dear Lord, if indeed I am Thine,
    If Thou art my sun and my song,
    Say, why do I languish and pine?
    And why are my winters so long?
    O drive these dark clouds from the sky,
    Thy soul cheering presence restore;
    Or take me to Thee up on high,
    Where winter and clouds are no more.

    What are some of your favorite hymns?
  2. Jim1999

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    Aug 10, 2002
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    My favourite hymn remains, The Church's One Foundation, written, I think, in 1876. Second would be Praise my Soul the King of Heaven.


  3. 4His_glory

    4His_glory New Member

    Jan 11, 2005
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    Many, many are my favorites. Many of them long forgotten and removed from the hymn books when the gospel songs became popular in the 1800s as a result of revivalism. Sadly many of these songs lacked the doctrinal depth of many of the old english hymns of Watts, Newton, Wesly and Tolpadly.
    here are couple of my favorites.

    Before the throne of God above

    Before the throne of God above
    I have a strong and perfect plea.
    A great high Priest whose Name is Love
    Who ever lives and pleads for me.
    My name is graven on His hands,
    My name is written on His heart.
    I know that while in Heaven He stands
    No tongue can bid me thence depart.

    When Satan tempts me to despair
    And tells me of the guilt within,
    Upward I look and see Him there
    Who made an end of all my sin.
    Because the sinless Savior died
    My sinful soul is counted free.
    For God the just is satisfied
    To look on Him and pardon me.

    Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
    My perfect spotless righteousness,
    The great unchangeable I AM,
    The King of glory and of grace,
    One in Himself I cannot die.
    My soul is purchased by His blood,
    My life is hid with Christ on high,
    With Christ my Savior and my God!

    Come thou fount ( this is the original form, most hymn books have modernized it and taken away the last verse)

    Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
    Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
    Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
    Call for songs of loudest praise.
    Teach me some melodious sonnet,
    Sung by flaming tongues above.
    Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
    Mount of Thy redeeming love.

    Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
    Till released from flesh and sin,
    Yet from what I do inherit,
    Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
    Here I raise my Ebenezer;
    Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
    And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
    Safely to arrive at home.

    Jesus sought me when a stranger,
    Wandering from the fold of God;
    He, to rescue me from danger,
    Interposed His precious blood;
    How His kindness yet pursues me
    Mortal tongue can never tell,
    Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
    I cannot proclaim it well.

    O to grace how great a debtor
    Daily I’m constrained to be!
    Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
    Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
    Prone to leave the God I love;
    Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
    Seal it for Thy courts above.

    O that day when freed from sinning,
    I shall see Thy lovely face;
    Clothed then in blood washed linen
    How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
    Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
    Take my ransomed soul away;
    Send thine angels now to carry
    Me to realms of endless day.
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  4. Timsings

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    Aug 8, 2006
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    Because I sing early American shape-note music, I still get to sing the hymns of Watts, Newton, and Wesley, along with those of William Cowper, Philip Doddridge, Anne Steele, and Tate & Brady, among others.

    "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" is my favorite hymn text. Here are a couple of others that I like very much.

    Remember, Lord, our mortal state,
    How frail our lives! how short the date!
    Where is the man that draws his breath
    Safe from disease, secure from death?

    Lord, while we see whole nations die,
    Our flesh and sense repine and cry;
    Must death forever rage and reign?
    Or hast Thou made mankind in vain?
    --Isaac Watts

    O for a closer walk with God,
    A calm and heavenly frame,
    A light to shine upon the road
    That leads me to the Lamb.

    The dearest idol I have known,
    Whate'er that idol be,
    Help me to tear it from thy throne,
    And worship only Thee.
    --William Cowper

    Give me a calm and thankful heart
    From every murmur free;
    The blessing of Thy grace impart,
    And make me live for Thee.

    Let the sweet hope that Thou art mine
    My life and death attend;
    Thy presence through my journey shine,
    And crown my journey's end.
    --Anne Steele

    If you're interested in more of these, you can check the FASOLA web site.

    Tim Reynolds
  5. ray Marshall

    ray Marshall New Member

    Aug 15, 2007
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    You can find some of these with the congressional singing on y-tube also. I have downloaded some myself.
  6. Timsings

    Timsings Member
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    Aug 8, 2006
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    Would that be in the Senate or the House of Representatives? :D

    Tim Reynolds