Wednesday, December 5, 2007

There Is Sunshine in My Soul

Lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt
Music: John R. Sweney

There is sunshine in my soul today,
More glorious and bright
Than glows in any earthly sky,
For Jesus is my light.

There is music in my soul today,
A carol to my King,
And Jesus, listening, can hear
The songs I cannot sing.

There is springtime in my soul today,
For when the Lord is near,
The dove of peace sings in my heart,
The flow'rs of grace appear.

There is gladness in my soul today,
And hope and praise and love,
For blessings which He gives me now,
For joys laid up above.

O there's sunshine, blessed sunshine,
While the peaceful, happy moments roll;
When Jesus shows His smiling face,
There is sunshine in my soul.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All

Lyrics: W. Oliver Cooper
Music: Minzo C. Jones

Often I'm hindered on my way,
Burdened so heavy I almost fall;
Then I hear Jesus sweetly say;
"Heaven will surely be worth it all."

Many the trials, toils and tears,
Many a heartache may here appall;
But the dear Lord so truly says:
"Heaven will surely be worth it all."

Toiling and pain I will endure,
Till I shall hear the death angel call;
Jesus has promised and I'm sure
Heaven will surely be worth it all.

Heaven will surely be worth it all.
Worth all the sorrows that here befall;
After this life with all its strife,
Heaven will surely be worth it all.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Jesus Calls Us

Lyrics: Cecil F. Alexander
Music: William H. Jude

Jesus calls us o'er the tumult
Of our life's wild restless sea,
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, "Christian, follow Me."

Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world's golden store;
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, "Christian, love Me more."

In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil, and hours of ease;
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures,
"Christian, love Me more than these."

Jesus calls us: by Thy mercies,
Savior, make us hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thine obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Again the Lord of Light and Life

Lyrics: Anna L. Barbauld
Music: Thomas A. Arne

Again the Lord of light and life
Awakes the kindling ray,
Unseals the eyelids of the morn,
And pours increasing day.

O what a night was that which wrapt
The heathen world in gloom!
O what a Sun which rose this day
Triumphant from the tomb!

This day be grateful homage paid,
And loud hosannas sung;
Let gladness dwell in ev'ry heart,
And praise on ev'ry tongue.

Ten thousand diff'rent lips shall join
To hail this welcome morn,
Which scatters blessings from its wings
To nations yet unborn.

Friday, November 30, 2007

There Is Rest, Sweet Rest

Lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick

There is rest, sweet rest, at the Master's feet,
There is favor now at the mercy-seat,
For atoning blood has been sprinkled there:
There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

There is grace to help in our time of need,
For our Friend above is a friend indeed;
We may cast on Him ev'ry grief and care;
There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

When our songs are glad with the joy of life,
When our hearts are sad with its ills and strife,
When the powers of sin would the soul ensnare,
There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

There is perfect peace tho' the wild waves roll,
There are gifts of love for the seeking soul,
Till we praise the Lord in His home so fair:
There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

There's a blessing in prayer, in believing prayer,
When our Savior's name to the throne we bear;
Then a Father's love will receive us there:
There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Stepping in the Light

Lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick

Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Trying to follow our Savior and King;
Shaping our lives by His blessed example,
Happy, how happy, the songs that we bring.

Pressing more closely to Him who is leading,
When we are tempted to turn from the way;
Trusting the arm that is strong to defend us,
Happy, how happy, our praises each day.

Walking in footsteps of gentle forbearance,
Footsteps of faithfulness, mercy and love;
Looking to Him for the grace freely promised,
Happy, how happy, our journey above!

Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Upward, still upward we'll follow our Guide;
When we shall see Him, "the King in His beauty,"
Happy, how happy, our place at His side!

How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Stepping in the light, Stepping in the light,
How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Led in paths of light!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

More about Jesus

Lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt
Music: John R. Sweney

More about Jesus would I know,
More of His grace to others show;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

More about Jesus let me learn,
More of His holy will discern;
Spirit of God, my teacher be,
Showing the things of Christ to me.

More about Jesus in His Word,
Holding communion with my Lord;
Hearing His voice in ev'ry line,
Making each faithful saying mine.

More about Jesus on His throne,
Riches in glory all His own;
More of His Kingdom's sure increase;
More of His coming, Prince of Peace.

More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

For Christ and the Church

Lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick

"For Christ and the church" let our voices ring,
Let us honor the name of our own blessed King;
Let us work with a will in the strength of youth,
And loyally stand for the kingdom of truth.

"For Christ and the church" be our earnest prayer,
Let us follow His banner, the cross daily bear;
Let us yield, wholly yield, to the gospel's pow'r,
And serve faithfully ev'ry day, ev'ry hour.

"For Christ and the church" willing off'rings make,
Time and talents and gold for the dear Master's sake;
We will render the best we can bring to Him,
The heart's wealth of love, that will never grow dim.

"For Christ and the church" let us cast aside,
By His conquering grace, chains of self, fear, and pride;
May our lives be enriched by an aim so grand;
Then happy the call to the Savior's right hand.

For Christ, our dear Redeemer,
For Christ, the crucified;
For the church His blood hath purchased;
The church, His holy bride.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Give Me Thy Heart

Lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick

"Give me thy heart," says the Father above,
No gift so precious to Him as our love,
Softly He whispers wherever thou art,
"Gratefully trust me, and give me thy heart."

"Give me thy heart," says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again;
"Turn now from sin, and from evil depart.
Have I not died for thee? Give me thy heart."

"Give me thy heart," says the Spirit divine,
"All that thou hast, to my keeping resign;
Grace more abounding is mine to impart,
Make full surrender and give me thy heart."

"Give me thy heart, Give me thy heart,"
Hear the soft whisper, wherever thou art;
From this dark world, He would draw thee apart,
Speaking so tenderly, "Give me thy heart."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Solamente en Christo

Solamente en Christo,
Solamente en El,
Hay salvación,
Se encuentra en El.

No hay otra nombre,
Dada a los hombres,
Solamente en Christo,
Solamente en El.

Only in Christ,
Only in Him,
There is salvation,
You find in Him.

There is not another name,
Given to men,
Only in Christ,
Only in Him.

Thou Art the Way

Lyrics: George W. Doane
Music: James Walch

Thou art the Way: to Thee alone
From sin and death we flee;
And he who would the Father seek,
Must seek Him, Lord, by Thee.

Thou art the Truth: Thy word alone
True wisdom can impart;
Thou only canst instruct the mind,
And purify the heart.

Thou art the Life: the rending tomb
Proclaims Thy conqu'ring arm;
And those who put their trust in Thee
Nor death nor hell shall harm.

Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life;
Grant us that way to know,
That truth to keep, that life to win,
Whose joys eternal flow.

Explanation of gap in posting

I have really been benefiting from selecting and typing these hymns every day. It was my hope to continue doing one hymn a day, indefinitely. Unfortunately life intervened, and I was required to stop for awhile. Last Tuesday night, at 2 AM, my wife awoke with sharp abdominal pains. She had an inflamed appendix, which eventually was surgically removed the next evening. She is recovering well, and in fact went home from the hospital 24 hours after the surgery. Unfortunately she cannot pick up our four small children, or anything over ten pounds, for three weeks. Thankfully we have a family and church that have been going all out to assist us.

Today I commence hymn blogging again. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Closer to Thee

Lyrics: Austin Taylor
Music: Austin Taylor

Closer to Thee, near to Thy side,
Closer, dear Lord, I would abide;
Hold me in Thy embrace,
'Neath ev'ry smile of grace,
Grant me, Thy child, a place
Closer to Thee.

Closer to Thee, near to Thy breast,
Closer to Thee; Lord, let me rest;
Guide me when I would stray,
Keep me from sin each day,
Draw me, dear Lord, I pray,
Closer to Thee.

Closer to Thee, happy and free,
Grant me, O Lord, ever to be;
Hear me in ev'ry cry,
Stand near when I must die,
Then take me home on high,
Closer to Thee.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Hear Me When I Call

Lyrics: Tillit S. Teddlie
Music: Tillit S. Teddlie

Hear me when I call, O God, my righteousness,
Unto Thee I come in weakness and distress;
Hold my trembling hand, lest helpless I should fall,
O hear me, Lord, hear me, O hear me when I call!

Hear my cry, O God, attend unto my prayer,
More and more I need Thy mercy and Thy care;
Clouds of doubt arise and faith grows weak and small,
O hear me, Lord, hear me, O hear me when I call!

Hear my voice, O God, and cleanse my soul within,
Mercy do I need for all my doubts and sin;
Only in Thy grace I trust my all in all,
O hear me, Lord, hear me, O hear me when I call!

Hear my prayer, O God, I need Thy cleansing power,
Let me feel Thee near each moment of each hour;
Hold my trembling hand, lest helpless I should fall,
O hear me, Lord, hear me, O hear me when I call!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hero of Calvary

Lyrics: Claude Thomas Lynne
Music: Claude Thomas Lynne

Why should I not love Jesus?
Jesus who died for me!
Why should I not adore Him,
Hero of Calvary.

Why should I not love Jesus?
Lost and alone was I;
In His great love He saved me,
Lifted my soul on high.

Why should I not love Jesus?
One day He'll come for me;
Oh, I shall share His glory
For all eternity.

Seated in glory, I see Him now,
Highest arch angels before Him bow;
Earthward He came,
Bearing my shame,
Ever I'll love His Name.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Lyrics: Fanny J. Crosby
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick

Redeemed -- how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child, and forever I am.

Redeemed and so happy in Jesus,
No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With me doth continually dwell.

I know I shall see in His beauty
The King in whose law I delight;
Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps,
And giveth me songs in the night.

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child, and forever, I am.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Lift Him Up

Lyrics: Johnson Oatman, Jr.
Music: B.B. Beall

How to reach the masses, men of ev'ry birth?
For an answer Jesus gave a key,
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth,
Will draw all men unto me."

O the world is hungry for the living bread,
Lift the Savior up for them to see,
Trust Him, and do not doubt the words that He said,
"I'll draw all men unto me."

Don't exalt the preacher, don't exalt the pew
Preach the gospel simple, full and free,
Prove Him and you will find that promise is true,
"I'll draw all men unto me."

Lift Him up by living as a Christian ought,
Let the world in you the Savior see,
Then men will gladly follow Him who once taught,
"I'll draw all men unto me."

Lift Him up, lift Him up,
Still He speaks from eternity,
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth,
Will draw all men unto me."

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story

Lyrics: F.H. Rowley
Music: P.P. Bilhorn

I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me,
How He left His home in glory
For the cross of Calvary.

I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way.

I was bruised, but Jesus healed me;
Faint was I from many a fall;
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
But He freed me from them all.

Days of darkness still come o'er me,
Sorrow's paths I often tread;
But the Savior still is with me;
By His hand I'm safely led.

He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet;
Then He'll bear me safely over,
Where the loved ones I shall meet.

Yes, I'll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

His Yoke Is Easy

Lyrics: D. S. Warner
Music: B. E. Warren

I've found my Lord and He is mine,
He won me by His love;
I'll serve Him all my years of time,
And dwell with Him above.

No other Lord but Christ I know,
I walk with Him alone;
His streams of love forever flow,
Within my heart, His throne.

He's dearer to my heart than life,
He found me lost in sin;
He calmed the sea of inward strife,
And bid me come to Him.

My flesh recoiled before the cross,
And Satan whispered there,
"Thy gain will not repay the loss,
His yoke is hard to bear."

I've tried the road of sin and found
Its prospects all deceive;
I've proved the Lord and joys abound,
More than I could believe.

His yoke is easy, His burden is light,
I've found it so, I've found it so:
His service is my sweetest delight,
His blessings ever flow.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Great Physician

Lyrics: William Hunter
Music: J. H. Stockton (arranged)

The great Physician now is near,
They sympathizing Jesus;
He speaks the dropping heart to cheer:
O hear the voice of Jesus.

All glory to the dying Lamb!
I now believe in Jesus;
I love the blessed Savior's name,
I love the name of Jesus.

His name dispels my guilt and fear,
No other name but Jesus;
O how my soul delights to hear
The charming name of Jesus.

And when to that bright world above,
We rise to see our Jesus,
We'll sing around the throne of love
His name, the name of Jesus.

Sweetest note in seraph song,
Sweetest name on mortal tongue,
Sweetest carol ever sung,
Jesus, blessed Jesus.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Come to the Feast

(All Things are Ready)
Lyrics: Charlotte G. Homer
Music: W. A. Ogden

"All things are ready," come to the feast!
Come, for the table now is spread;
Ye famishing, ye weary, come,
And thou shalt be richly fed.

"All things are ready," come to the feast!
Come, for the door is open wide;
A place of honor is reserved
For you at the Master's side.

"All things are ready," come to the feast!
Come, while He waits to welcome thee;
Delay not while this day is thine,
Tomorrow may never be.

"All things are ready," come to the feast!
Leave ev'ry care and worldly strife;
Come, feast upon the love of God,
And drink everlasting life.

Hear the invitation,
Come, "whosoever will;"
Praise God for full salvation
For "whosoever will."

Sunday, November 4, 2007


Lyrics: Homer F. Morris
Music: Thomas B. Mosley

They crucified my Lord,
Laid Him in the tomb,
Now lies the Son of God
in death's sable gloom.
The Man of grief and toil
There in silence lies;
Death has within its coil
God of earth and skies.

But, behold, there was an earthquake,
For from heav'n there came an angel,
With a countenance like lightning,
And a raiment white as snow.
When at dawn came Mary Magdalene,
'Twas the angel's voice which said:
"Lo! He is not here, but risen!"
Christ is risen from the dead.

He who for the world's salvation bled,
Now is risen, risen from the dead;
Glory, honor we will ever sing,
Praise to our risen, risen King.

Hallelujah, sing, with hearts to heav'n and voices raise,
Ever shout, ye ransomed ones, for you His blood was shed;
Sing a hymn of gladness, sing to God a hymn of praise,
Christ, the Lord is ris'n indeed, is risen from the dead.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Great Redeemer

Lyrics: Francis Foster
Music: Samuel W. Beazley

How I love the great Redeemer
Who is doing so much for me;
With what joy I tell the story
Of the love that makes men free.
Till my earthly life is ended,
I will send songs above,
Then beside the crystal sea
More and more my soul shall be
Praising Jesus and His love.

He has purchased my redemption,
Rolled my burden of sin away,
And is walking on beside me,
Growing dearer day by day.
That is why I sing His praises,
That is why joy is mine,
That is why forever more
On the everlasting shore
I shall sing of love divine.

Glory be to Him forever!
Endless praises to Christ the Lamb!
He has filled my life with sunshine,
He has made me what I am.
O that ev'ry one would know Him,
O that all would adore!
O that all would trust the love
OF the mighty Friend above
And be His forever more.

He is ev'rything to me, to me,
And ev'rything shall always be;
I will never cease to raise
A song of gladness in His praise;
Here, and in the world above,
My soul shall sing of saving love;
Life and light and joy is He,
The precious Friend who died for me.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

God Is Calling the Prodigal

Lyrics: Charles H. Gabriel
Music: Charles H. Gabriel

God is calling the prodigal: come without delay;
Hear, O hear Him calling, calling now for thee;
Tho' you've wandered so far from His presence, come today;
Hear His loving voice calling still.

Patient, loving, and tenderly still the Father pleads;
Hear, O hear Him calling, calling now for thee;
O return while the Spirit in mercy intercedes;
Hear His loving voice calling still.

Come, there's bread in the house of thy Father, and to spare;
Hear, O hear Him calling, calling now for thee;
Lo! the table is spread and the feast is waiting there;
Hear His loving voice calling still.

Calling now for thee,
O weary prodigal come;
Calling now for thee,
O weary prodigal come!

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Lyrics: W. Williams
Music: Thomas Hastings
Alternate music: John Hughes

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim thro' this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty,
Hold me with Thy pow'rful hand;
Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing waters flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar,
Lead me all my journey thro';
Strong Deliv'rer,
Be Thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Bear me thro' the swelling current,
Land me safe on Canaan's side;
Songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trust and Obey

Lyrics: J. H. Sammis
Music: D. B. Towner

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.

Not a shadow can rise, Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear, Not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss, Not a frown nor a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

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

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.

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Jesus Is Mine

Lyrics: Mrs. Catharine J. Bonar
Music: T. E. Perkins

Fade, fade, each earthly joy, Jesus is mine!
Break ev'ry tender tie, Jesus is mine!
Dark is the wilderness,
Earth has no resting-place,
Jesus alone can bless, Jesus is mine!

Tempt not my soul away, Jesus is mine!
Here would I ever stay, Jesus is mine!
Perishing things of clay,
Born but for one brief day,
Pass from my heart away, Jesus is mine!

Farewell, mortality, Jesus is mine!
Welcome, eternity, Jesus is mine!
Welcome, oh, loved and blest,
Welcome sweet scenes of rest,
Welcome, my Savior's breast, Jesus is mine!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed?

(At the Cross)
Lyrics: Isaac Watts (chorus: Ralph E. Hudson)
Music: Hugh Wilson (chorus: Ralph E. Hudson)

Alas! and did my savior bleed?
And did my Sov'reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Was it for crimes that I have done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide,
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died,
For man, the creature's, sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
When His dear cross appears!
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt mine eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne'er repay
The debt of love I owe.
Here, Lord, I give myself away,
'Tis all that I can do.

At the cross, at the cross,
Where I first saw the light!
And the burden of my heart rolled away!
It was there by faith,
I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Friday, October 26, 2007

A Mighty Fortress

Lyrics: Martin Luther (German, English translation: Frederick H. Hedge)
Music: Martin Luther

A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow'r are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right One on our side
The Man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And tho' this world, with evil filled,
Should threaten to undo us;
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Even Me

Lyrics: Elizabeth Codner, 1836
Music: William Bradbury, 1862

Lord, I hear of show'rs of blessing,
Thou art scatt'ring full and free,
Show'rs the thirsty land refreshing
Let Thy mercy fall on me.
Even me, Even me,
Let Thy mercy fall on me.

Pass me not, O gracious Savior,
Let me love and cling to Thee;
I am longing for Thy favor:
Whilst Thou'rt calling, O call me.
Even me, Even me,
Whilst Thou'rt calling, O call me.

Love of God, so pure and changeless,
Blood of Christ so rich, so free,
Grace of God, so strong and boundless,
Magnify them all in me.
Even me, Even me,
Magnify them all in me.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Shelter in Time of Storm

Lyrics: V. J. Charlesworth
Music: V. J. Charlesworth

The Lord's our Rock, in Him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defence by night,
A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes affright,
A shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat,
A shelter in the time of storm;
We'll never leave our safe retreat,
A shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our helper ever near,
A shelter in the time of storm.

O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A shelter in the time of storm.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Be with Me, Lord

Lyrics: T.O. Chisholm
Music: L.O. Sanderson

Be with me, Lord -- I cannot live without Thee,
I dare not try to take one step alone,
I cannot bear the loads of life, unaided,
I need THy strength to lean myself upon.

Be with me, Lord, and then if dangers threaten,
If storms of trial burst above my head,
If lashing seas leap ev'rywhere about me,
They cannot harm, or make my heart afraid.

Be with me, Lord! No other gift or blessing
Thou couldst bestow could with this one compare --
A constant sense of Thy abiding presence,
Where'er I am, to feel that Thou art near.

Be with me, Lord, when loneliness o'ertakes me,
When I must weep amid the fires of pain,
And when shall come the hour of "my departure"
For "worlds unknown," O Lord, be with me then.