Archive for the ‘Hymn History’ Category

To God Be The Glory

April 25, 2014

To God be the glory, great things He hath done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

Lyrics by Fanny Crosby and tune by William Howard Doane.
It appears to have been written around 1872. Ira Sankey had introduced it in England during Moody’s 1873-1874 evangelistic campaigns. Despite this the song failed to achieve wide usage in the United States and was included in very few hymnals. In 1954 Cliff Barrows, song leader for Billy Graham, was handed a copy with the suggestion that it be added to the song book for the London Crusade. It was so popular that he included it again later that year in the Crusade in Nashville, TN. The audience responded enthusiastically and from that time on used it regularly. With this exposure the song rapidly became familiar to a Christians worldwide and is included in most modern hymnals.
SOS Events is being blessed by God everyday. To Him be the glory.

1 Timothy 1:17
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.

Fanny Crosby

April 6, 2014

“It seemed in­tend­ed by the bless­ed prov­i­dence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dis­pen­sa­tion. If per­fect earth­ly sight were of­fered me to­mor­row I would not ac­cept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been dis­tract­ed by the beau­ti­ful and in­ter­est­ing things about me.” Fanny Crosby
“Redeemed” “Blessed Assurance” “Rescue the Perishing” and over 8000 other hymns, some that we have in our hymn books, were written by Fanny Crosby who was blinded at 6 weeks of age by an incompetent doctor.
Her life affected multitudes of people through her beautiful hymns and praises to God.
God took a tragedy and turned it into a testimony that still is being used in our lives today almost 200 years later.

Isaiah 42:16
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not;
I will lead them in paths that they have not known:
I will make darkness light before them,
and crooked things straight.
These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

Brighten the Corner Where You Are

March 28, 2014

If you have never heard the song, ” Brighten the Corner Where You Are,” try to find someone who can sing it to you. It has a catchy tune and is a happy song with a good message.
Most of the songs and hymns written years ago came from problems or tragedy. Ina Duley Ogden was invited to speak at a great Sunday School Convention, but instead was called home to take care of her father who had been injured in an accident.
In her disappointment she decided to be a blessing to just the people around her, especially her father and wrote the words to the song.
“Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,/ Do not wait to shed your light afar,/ To the many duties ever near you now be true,/ Brighten the corner where you are.”
Her song became so popular that it opened all of Billy Sundays revivals for over 22 years and tragedy blessed not hundreds of people but thousands.

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

“All Hail the Power of Jesus Name”

March 20, 2014

“All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name” is a hymn written in the 1700’s by Edward Perronet, but even though his testimony is wonderful, it is the power of the words in this song and the Holy Spirit conviction that has the power to change lives.
A missionary named E. P. Scott went to India to witness to a savage tribe. His friends tried to warn him of the danger, but being led by God he went.
One day he found himself surrounded by a large group of warriors with spears pointed at his heart.
Scott prayed, picked up his violin and started to sing the words to this hymn.
“All hail the power of Jesus name! Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all….”
The 3rd verse, “Let every kindred, every tribe, on this terrestrial ball, To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all…”
When he finished singing he opened his eyes and the warriors were standing, spears lowered, some in tears. He spent the next few years evangelizing that tribe.

Philippians 2:10
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

This Is My Father’s World

March 12, 2014

This morning while looking for something to share with those of you who follow the blog, I came across something that took me back to my childhood.
Looking in the history of hymns, there is one I remember singing in church as a child, “This Is My Father’s World”.
I was born and grew up in Lockport, NY and discovered that Maltbie Babcock, author of the hymn, was the Pastor of the Presbyterian church in Lockport when he wrote the hymn back in the 1890’s.
This is a beautiful old hymn that I have not heard since I was a child.

“This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget,
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world, The battle is not done,
Jesus who died shall be satisfied, And earth and Heaven be one.”

Psalms 50:b
For the world is Mine, and the fulness thereof.

The Cure For Shot Nerves

March 5, 2014

Thinking of something to encourage those who read this blog, I chose a book on hymns, “Then Sings My Soul” by Robert J. Morgan.
He wrote a forward “The Cure For Shot Nerves”. Thinking that is a catchy title, I read what he wrote about how the old hymns can calm the spirit and help bring peace to the soul.
It is rare in some churches to even hear the old hymns anymore and that is sad.
“In the Garden” He walks with me/ and He talks with me/ and tells me I am His own.
“Jesus Loves Me”, “Amazing Grace”, “I Need Thee Every Hour” and many more that encourage the heart.
Today, if you are stressed, feeling overwhelmed, or just plan discouraged, think of your favorite hymn and sing it, hum it or just let it flood your mind with how good God is, and soon you will find the comfort you need.

Ephesians 5:19
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Amazing Grace

February 20, 2014

John Newton wrote “Amazing Grace” in 1779.
His Godly mother died when he was 7 years old, but not before she taught him Bible verses and hymns, and prayed fervently for him.
He was saved after much sin and many years of service in the British Navy. After a terrific storm at sea, when the sailor thought that all was lost and he was going to die, on March 10, 1748, he gave his life to Christ.
He wrote, “The Lord came to me from on high and delivered me from deep waters.”
He became a powerful preacher, a foe of slavery and wrote hundreds of hymns.
He never forgot his Mother’s influence. We can learn from his experience.
Start teaching our children and grandchildren about The Lord when they are young and even though they may stray, our prayers and training will not be fruitless.

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Oh How I Love Jesus

February 15, 2014

The song “Oh How I Love Jesus” was written in in the early 1855 when Frederick Whitfield was a student in England. The chorus was not part of the original song.
The chorus was written by an unknown American songwriter. The tune of the chorus was catchy and it was sung and added to many hymns until finally someone put the words of the two together and it became the song we know and love.
1 John 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us.