Thursday, September 3, 2009

lines of hymns (modern and ancient) that get me...every time.

There are certain lines that put a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes every time I hear or sing them. Here's just five of my most favorite lines of hymns which brought tears even now as I typed them. What are your favorites?

1. "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."
from Before the Throne of God

2. "When through the deep waters I call you to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow.
For I will be with you, your troubles to bless,
And sanctify to you thy deepest distress."
from How Firm a Foundation
(actually, I love cry through every word of this hymn)

3. "Jesus paid it all"
from Jesus Paid it All

4. "My chains fell off, my heart was free
I rose, walked forth and followed thee"
from And Can It Be?

5. "I will weep when you are weeping.
When you laugh, I'll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we've seen this journey through."
from The Servant Song
(this really got me last time...the commitment to be there emotionally for our brothers and sisters in Christ...not to push them through, but to share in the joy and sorrow until the end!)


Amanda said...

From Jesus Paid it all with an updated chorus:

"I hear the Savior say, thy strength indeed is small, child of weakness, watch and pray, find in Me thine all in all." and then the modern chorus:

"Oh, praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead"

By the way, I've never introduced myself. I am Julie Kennedy's sister, Amanda. She said she knew you in St. Louis. I really like your blog!

Ched said...

I always love to hear,

Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days,
Hope shall change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

From "Jesus I my cross have taken"


Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.

From "Thy Mercy my God"

Anonymous said...

Good post idea! My list would be really, really long, but here are a few:

"prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here's my heart, Lord, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above." - Come Thou Fount

"Oh to know the power of Your risen life, And to know You in Your sufferings, To become like You in Your death, my Lord, So with You to live and never die..."
- Knowing You

"not the labors of my hands, can fulfill thy law's demands; these for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone." - Rock of Ages

"praise to the Lord who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee; ponder anew what the Almight can do, if with His love he befriend thee!" - Praise to the Lord the Almighty

"I lift my eyes, the clouds grow thin, I see the blue above it, and day by day this pathway smooths since first I learned to love it. The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart, a fountain ever springing; all things are mine since I am His, how can I keep from singing?" - How Can I Keep from Singing

neely said...

Funeral "Homegoing" Hymns:
100% agree on both sets of lyrics for Jesus Paid It All. It will be sung at my funeral because it is more to the point of holding a funeral AND more upbeat than "It is well with my soul". But it is the last stanza that truly gets me, "And when before the throne, I stand in Him complete, 'Jesus died my soul to save,' my lips shall still repeat."

I also LOVE "He Never Failed Me Yet" and I did attend a funeral with that sung by a choir.

And to round out my gospel funeral... "When I think about the Lord."

Routine Sunday hymn: My God is mighty to save.

Great post idea, Jen.

Jenna said...

Great Hymns, people!

Welcome and nice to "meet" you, Amanda! Julie rocks, as you know! Glad to know that her beloved sis visits here!!

Ched-I don't know that first one. Looking forward to checking it out. LOVE the second, of course!

Ben-Oh, thanks for picking a few to share! I know it's hard to narrow. My sister's MIL is in a hymn sing group. They take turns hosting, getting together once a month to sing to the Lord and have snacks. Do you do that? I'd think you and Tara would dig it.

Neely- Imagine seeing 400 ex-drug addicts in rehab singing Mighty To Save. I can hardly talk about it with out tears, but that's what the MN Teen Challenge Choir (all current students!) sang at the fundraiser. Amazing.

I was thinking about doing a funeral hymns post, but who knows if I'll ever get around to it. One that's been on the list for a long time is Abide With Me. He Never Failed Me Yet at Mel's funeral was simply...amazing and poignant.

Karla Anne said...

"And Lord haste the day, when the faith shall be sight. The clouds be rolled back as a scroll, the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend. Even so- it is well with my soul!"

I have a hard time getting through much of that song, as it was my late grandma's favorite and is mine as well.

"Great is thy faithfulness, O God, my Father! There is no shadow of turning with thee..." Our Christian school theme song means far more to me now....

tiffany said...

Amen. Some of my favorites as well.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of these! I don't know how people can tire of the old hymns and think they are outdated. I also love some of the newer ones, like:

"No guilt in life no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand"
from "In Christ Alone"
Also maybe a good funeral song.

I could type out many more.

Nelson said...

Hi Jenna! Encouraging post -- I'm singing as I type.

I want to finish out your first one, "Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free, for God the Just is satisfied, to LOOK ON HIM AND PARDON ME." wow...

New one at Hope, Martin Luther's rendition of Psalm 130
"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 Shepherd good and true is He, who has at last His Israel freed, From all their sin and sorrow (All their sin and sorrow).

Really enjoying seeing you around! :-)