Please Give Your Thoughts On Hymns

Discussion in 'Music' started by Ryan&Amber2013, Mar 31, 2018.

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  1. Ryan&Amber2013

    Ryan&Amber2013 Puritan Board Junior

    My dears friends. I need your input. One of the ways I serve the Lord is by singing hymns with seniors citizens. Before I do certain hymns I like to take a moment to reflect on the song and talk about what it means, and bring up a few points of application. Below is the list that I currently do. Please share with me anything that is valuable about these hymns that means a lot to you, so I can share that with others.

    For example, How Great Thou Art, the verses are about what God has done for us in creation and salvation, and then the choruses call us to sing praise to God because of that. This means our minds think about the truth of God, and that leads our hearts to Sing worship to Him.

    You are an important part in helping me serve others, so please give me as much as you are willing. Thank you so much!

    1. To God Be The Glory

    2. Are You Washed In The Blood?

    3. How Great Thou Art

    4. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

    5. How Firm A Foundation

    6. Crown Him With Many Crowns

    7. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

    8. Rock Of Ages

    9. I’ll Fly Away

    10. Nothing But The Blood

    11. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

    12. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

    13. Praise To The Lord The Almighty

    14. Holy, Holy, Holy

    15. Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

    16. ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus

    17. Amazing Grace

    18. It Is Well

    19. Great Is Thy Faithfulness

    20. Trust And Obey

    21. Blessed Assurance

    22. When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

    23. Jesus Paid It All

    24. Abide With Me

    25. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

    26. Be Thou My Vision

    27. Fairest Lord Jesus

    28. Jesus Loves Me This I Know

    29. His Eye Is On The Sparrow

    30. Gloria Patri / Doxology

    31. He Touched Me

    32. What A Day That Will Be

    33. Victory In Jesus

    34. When We All Get To Heaven

    35. I Love To Tell The Story

    36. Because He Lives

    37. Standing On The Promises

    38. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

    39. There Is Power In The Blood

    40. I Need Thee Every Hour

    41. Worship Christ, The Risen King!

    42. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

    43. Joy To The World! The Lord Is Come

    44. Angels We Have Heard On High

    45. Go, Tell It On The Mountain

    46. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

    47. Silent Night! Holy Night!
  2. Edward

    Edward Puritanboard Commissioner

    In before the EPers.
  3. timfost

    timfost Puritan Board Senior


    I don't have time to comment now on any of the hymns, but wanted to tell you that I'm thankful you're able to do this.

    I trust God will bless your work!
  4. Ryan&Amber2013

    Ryan&Amber2013 Puritan Board Junior

    As well, there are some on the list that may raise any reformed person's blood pressure a bit.
  5. dtaylor3

    dtaylor3 Puritan Board Freshman

    I don't see any immediately that would raise our blood pressure.

    One, that isn't on the list, that would raise R.C. Sprouls blood pressure was "And Can It Be" becuase of the line "that Thou my God wouldst die for me"
  6. Martin

    Martin Puritan Board Freshman

    18. It Is Well

    The story of the writer's tragic life mixed with the words of the hymn really put into perspective our living by faith and hope in Christ in the face of the trials of this life.
  7. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    When you don't know what else to say, you might read a related Bible verse. For some of these hymns, picking a verse is obvious: go to Psalm 103 for Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Psalm 98 for Joy to the World, Matthew 10:29 for His Eye is on the Sparrow, and Isaiah 6 for Holy, Holy, Holy. Other hymns have many passages that might work, and if you have a Trinity Hymnal and want a suggestion, each song in that hymnal comes with a fitting Bible verse cited at the top of the song.

    And if you have trouble thinking of a Bible passage that fits a particular song (Because He Lives, I'll Fly Away), that's helpful too because it lets you realize you're about to sing a stinker.
  8. Joshua

    Joshua Administrator Staff Member

  9. Ryan&Amber2013

    Ryan&Amber2013 Puritan Board Junior

    I don't have time to read this right now. What is it about?
  10. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    It says that Spafford was a heterodox schismatic, a false teacher.
  11. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Professor

    Just a side note coming as from one who now embraces the RPW and how Psalms are the only appropriate songs to sing for worship. I am so so glad I do not have to evaluate and judge hymns anymore, or to place an implicate trust in men to do that job. I feel so free knowing the words I now sing are inspired in worship (which includes personal worship), and surpasses any judgment this sinner passes.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2018
  12. dtaylor3

    dtaylor3 Puritan Board Freshman

    Curious, how do you arrive at the position that Psalms are the only proper songs for worship? I've never heard of this view before.
  13. EvanVK

    EvanVK Puritan Board Freshman

    In modern parlance, we'd call this the 'meatball' pitch. :D
  14. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    Brother, that's a big topic, and it would probably derail this thread. I suggest you post a new thread in the Exclusive Psalmody Subforum after browsing the existing threads in that forum.

    For what it's worth, it was at one time the dominant view in Reformed Churches, and before that it was the dominant view in all Christendom, arguably.
  15. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    While I sympathize with the EP position, being in an OPC congregation that sings hymns, psalms and spiritual songs, and since the OPC just spent years putting a new Psalter Hymnal together, I suspect I'll continue to sing hymns.
    Not a bad thing, I love many of those listed in the OP. For a good reference to the origin, or at least a brief biography of the author of the hymn ;
  16. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    Same here. We should always consider the words we are singing, but if we are singing the words of fallible men and women, we must always weigh them. It's distracting. I have found psalmody so liberating.
  17. Ryan&Amber2013

    Ryan&Amber2013 Puritan Board Junior

    That is hilarious Edward, it makes it sound like I have no idea what I originally posted to start the thread. It was really about the post right before my response. I can't stop laughing.
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