Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

September 12, 2010 at 7:07 am | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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Sunday’s Hymn

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. (Psalm 103:2)

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

By Henry F. Lyte

Sung in 3/4 time

1.      Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; To His feet your tribute bring. Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Ever more His praises sing. Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia! Praise the everlasting King!

2.      Praise Him for His grace and favor To our fathers in distress; Praise Him, still the same as ever, Slow to chide and swift to bless. Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia! Glorious in His faithfulness!

3.      Father-like, He tends and spares us; Well our feeble frame He knows. In His hands He gently bears us, Rescues us from all our foes. Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia! Widely yet His mercy flows.

4.      Angels in the height, adore Him; You behold Him face to face. Saints triumphant, bow before Him; Gathered in from every race. Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia! Praise with us the God of grace!

Only Trust Him

August 29, 2010 at 7:46 am | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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Only Trust Him

This hymn was written by John H. Stockton and is sung in 4/4 time.

1.      Come, every soul by sin oppressed – There’s mercy with the Lord, And He will surely give you rest By trusting in His Word.

(Refrain) Only trust Him; only trust Him. Only trust Him now. He will save you; He will save you. He will save you now.

2.      For Jesus shed His precious blood, Rich blessings to bestow; Plunge now into the crimson flood That washes white as snow.


3.      Yes, Jesus is the Truth, the Way, That leads you into rest; Believe in Him without delay And you are fully blest.


Ask anyone who has repented of their sins toward God and turned in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21) how they now feel and you will probably get a lot of different answers. Ask the saved, sanctified child of the Most High God how he feels singing this song and he will probably tell you that he can’t sing it loud enough or with enough feeling to express the joy that comes from being in Christ.

We can argue about which comes first in the mind and heart of an individual, faith or regeneration? Or does regeneration come first then faith? What should be in the heart, mind, soul and voice of every blood purchased, redeemed child of God is joy for the forgiveness of sin and the blessing of eternal life with Christ in the presence of God (Rom. 5:1-5).

Then there should be a desire that others (sinners) would come to know God’s love and mercy that only comes through the forgiveness of sin. There is only one way to God. That way involves repentance of sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Trust that He loves you and trust that He has the power to forgive you. Only trust Him now.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13

Have Thine Own Way, Lord

August 22, 2010 at 7:50 am | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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Sunday’s Hymn

Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the Potter; we are all the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

Have you fully surrendered to the Lord? Typically this song has been used as an invitation to come forward to the altar at the close of a service. But I think it could be used during your morning devotional reading as a prayer of praise and surrender. Maybe submission might be a word some would rather use instead of surrender. Regardless of the word you choose, you must surrender or submit your life to Almighty God. He is GOD and there is no other.

I hope you have a good day of service and worship to the Lord,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; 8:28

Have Thine Own Way, Lord

By Adelaide A. Pollard

1.      Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter; I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, While I am waiting, yielded and still.

2.      Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Search me and try me, Master, today. Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now, As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

3.      Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Wounded and weary, help me, I pray. Power all power surely is Thine! Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!

4.      Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Hold o’er my being absolute sway! Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see Christ only, always living in me!

Sweet Hour of Prayer

August 15, 2010 at 6:54 am | Posted in hymns | 1 Comment
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Sunday’s Hymn

 (1 John 5:14-15)

(14)This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (15)And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.

Don’t forget to spend some time on Sunday mornings reading your Bible, praying and studying God’ Word. Sometimes Christians skip the discipline of devotion on Sunday mornings because they will be attending church. Don’t be like the average Christian. Spend that quality alone time with God and remember to pray (intercede) for your pastor, all the people who serve others at your church on Sunday mornings and for unsaved visitors to be invited and to attend your church. Pray that your church would be an example of God’s transforming power to your community.

Stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 50:23

Sweet Hour of Prayer

By William W. Walford

1.      Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, That calls me from a world of care, And bids me at my Father’s throne Make all my wants and wishes known: In seasons of distress and grief My soul has often found relief And oft escaped the tempter’s snare By they return, sweet hour of prayer.

 2.      Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, Thy wings shall my petition bear To Him whose truth and faithfulness Engage the waiting soul to bless: And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His Word, and trust His grace, I’ll cast on Him my every care And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

I Am Resolved

August 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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Sunday’s Hymn

Not too long ago I read and reviewed The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven Lawson. It is based upon the Resolutions that Edwards tried to live by. I highly recommend the book for any Christian to read and learn from. Today’s hymn choice reminded me of Edwards’ Resolutions and I hope you enjoy it.

Stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Hebrews 12:28-29

I Am Resolved

By Palmer Hartsough

1.      I am resolved no longer to linger, Charmed by the world’s delight; Things that are higher, things that are nobler – These have allured my sight.

(Refrain) I will hasten to Him, Hasten so glad and free. Jesus, Greatest, Highest, I will come to Thee.

2.      I am resolved to go the Savior, Leaving my sin and strife. He is the true One; He is the just One; He hath the words of life.


3.      I am resolved to follow the Savior, Faithful and true each day. Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth; He is the Living Way.


4.      I am resolved to enter the Kingdom, Leaving the paths of sin. Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me; Still will I enter in.


5.      I am resolved, and who will go with me? Come, friends without delay; Taught by the Bible, led by the Spirit, We’ll walk the heav’nly way.


Sunday’s Hymn – Is Your All on the Altar?

August 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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Today in church we heard a message from Ephesians 5:18, Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. The message was titled, “Living A Spirit Filled Life.” It really made me think about my life and submission to the Lord. It also reminded me of an old hymn. I hope the words are meaningful for you. God bless you as you think about surrendering completely to Him.

Stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-laborer),

Romans 15:13; 12:1-2

Is Your All on the Altar?

Elisha A. Hoffman, 1839-1929

1.      You have longed for sweet peace, and for faith to increase, And have earnestly, fervently prayed; But you cannot have rest, or be perfectly blest, Until all on the altar is laid.

(Refrain) Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? Your heart, does the Spirit control? You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest, As you yield Him your body and soul.

2.      Would you walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, And have peace and contentment alway? You must do His sweet will to be free from all ill; On the altar your all you lay.


3.      Oh, we never can know what the Lord will bestow Of the blessings for which we have prayed, Till our body and soul He doth fully control, And our all on the altar is laid.


4.      Who can tell all the love He will send from above! Oh, how happy our hearts will be made! Oh, what fellowship sweet we shall share at His feet, When our all on the altar is laid!


July 25, 2010 at 7:04 am | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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(18)For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, (19)but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. (1 Peter 1:18-19)

Nothing But the Blood

By Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

1.      What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

(Refrain) Oh, precious is the flow That makes me white as snow;

No other font I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 2.      For my pardon this I see – Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

For my cleansing, this my plea – Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


 3.      Nothing can for sin atone – Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

Naught of good that I have done – Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


4.      This is all my hope and peace – Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

This all my righteousness – Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 


This song is one of those old ones that are just nice to sing and to sing loud. It sounds good when it is done in a call and response way also. The song leader can sing the verse and the congregation can respond with the refrain. Regardless of how you sing it, you want to raise your voice and sing out to the LORD for what He has done.

Thank you Jesus, for taking my sin upon yourself and dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin. I am grateful for what You have done so that I might experience redemption. Thank you. I give this song to You and the Father as an offering of praise and thanksgiving.

Stay faithful and hopeful, 

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 50:23

Sunday’s Hymn – Fairest Lord Jesus

July 18, 2010 at 6:57 am | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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Imagine with me this morning that you are singing in church and you are wide awake and truly glad that you are there. You are alive both physically and spiritually because of God’s grace. You are appreciative to Him for all He has done and forgiven in your life. You hear the piano, organ, guitar, trumpet, french horn, flute, and saxophone mix with the voices of the music team. The congregation seems to be singing louder and with more emotion too. You are offering praise to your heavenly Father who also is the God of all creation. What a joy to be praising Him.

Stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-servant)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 50:23

John 1:14

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.”


“Fairest Lord Jesus”

From Munster Gesangbuch, 1677

1.      Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,

Son of God and Son of Man!

Thee will I cherish, thee will I honor,

Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

2.      Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlawns,

Robed in the blooming garb of spring:

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,

Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

3.      Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight,

And all the twinkling, starry host:

Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer

Than all the angels heav’n can boast.

4.      Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations!

Son of God and Son of Man!

Glory and honor, praise, adoration,

Now and forever more be thine.

Cross Cultural Worship Experience

July 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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Sunday’s Hymn – The Lilly of the Valley

My wife and I were visiting a Korean Baptist Church this morning. The senior pastor is a friend of mine and my wife and his wife are friends also. We had this Sunday free and when we talked this week he asked me if we were going to come to his church. The entire service is in Korean and they have an interpreter for visitors who need one. We know very little Korean so we needed the interpreter. One of the songs this morning was The Lily of the Valley. We sang in English while everyone around us sang in Korean. It’s like a glimpse of what singing will be like in heaven.

There is much more I could share about the church service this morning. Our friend is a good preacher too. He preached from Acts 3:1-10 on a Proper Spiritual Diagnosis and Remedy. We were glad we attended. We also stayed and had lunch.  Yes, we like kimchi and we can use chopsticks. It was a good morning of worship and fellowship.

Thursday’s Hymn is changing to Sunday’s Hymn. I do like a blended service, but I am hoping to teach a younger generation the value of some old hymns. I hope you have had a good Sunday and experienced the presence of God in your service to HIM today.

Stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 50:23

The Lily of the Valley

By Charles W. Fry (1837-1882) – sung in 4/4 time

1.      I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul; The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole. In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay; He tells me every care on Him to roll.

(Refrain) He’s the Lilly of the Valley, the bright and Morning Star, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

2.      He all my griefs has taken and all my sorrows borne; In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tower; I have all for Him forsaken and all my idols torn From my heart, and now He keeps me by His power. Though all the world forsake me and Satan tempt me sore, Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.


3.      He will never, never leave me nor yet forsake me here, While I live by faith and do His blessed will; A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear; With His manna He my hungry soul shall fill; then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face, Where rivers of delight shall ever roll.


Thursday’s Hymn – Washed in the Blood of the Lamb

July 8, 2010 at 11:22 am | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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 This is a real good hand clapping, toe tapping song! Ideally the words can be projected so that people can have their hands free for clapping. We have sung this with many different instruments playing and at times with just a piano or just a guitar. It is a good song.

I may move the weekly hymn to Sunday’s and put a book review or coffee review on Thursdays. The blog is still developing and I have some changes in mind. I have to catch up on my reviewing responsibilities also. Enjoy the song and have a good day.

Stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Isaiah 66:2

Washed in the Blood of the Lamb

 By Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929)

 1. Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

(Refrain) Are you washed in the blood, in the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb? Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

 2. Are you walking daily by the Saviour’s side? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Do you rest each moment in the Crucified? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


 3. When the Bridegroom cometh, will your robes be white, Pure and white in the blood of the Lamb? Will your souls be ready for the mansions bright And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?


 4. Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin And be washed in the blood of the Lamb; There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean; Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb.


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