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Hymns to the Living God

(76 posts)

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Morning & Evening Prayers

Saturday··2018·03·03
Morning PrayerTallis Canon Awake, my soul, and with the sun thy daily stage of duty run; shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise, to pay thy morning sacrifice. Lord, I my vows to Thee renew. Disperse my sins as morning dew; guard my first springs of thought and will; and with Thyself my spirit fill. Direct, control, suggest, this day, all I design, or do, or say, that all my pow’rs, with all their might, in Thy sole glory may unite. Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Evening Prayer All praise to Thee, my God, this night, for all the blessings of the light. Keep me, O keep me, King of kings, beneath Thine own almighty wings. Forgive me, Lord, for Thy dear Son, the ill that I this day have done, that with the world, myself, and Thee, I, ere I sleep, at peace may be. O may my soul on Thee repose, and may sweet sleep mine eyelids close; sleep, that may me more vig’rous make, to serve my God, when I awake. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heav’nly host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Holy Trinity

Saturday··2018·03·10
Holy Trinity, Thanks and Praise to TheeSEELENBRÄUTIGAM Holy Trinity, thanks and praise to Thee, that our life and whole salvation flow from Christ’s blest incarnation and His death for us on the shameful cross. Had we angels’ tongues, with seraphic songs, bowing hearts and knees before Thee, Triune God, we would adore Thee In the highest strain for the Lamb once slain. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Right tune, wrong hymn: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts

Saturday··2018·03·17
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts St. Athanasius Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts, Eternal King, by the heav’ns and earth adored! Angels and archangels sing, chanting everlastingly to the blessed Trinity. Since by Thee were all things made, and in Thee do all things live, be to Thee all honor paid; praise to Thee let all things give, singing everlastingly To the blessed Trinity Thousands, tens of thousands stand, spirits blest before Thy throne, speeding thence at Thy command; and, when Thy command is done, singing everlastingly to the blessed Trinity Cherubim and seraphim veil their faces with their wings; eyes of angels are too dim to behold the King of kings, while they sing eternally to the blessed Trinity Thee, apostles, prophets, Thee, Thee, the noble martyr band, praise with solemn jubilee, Thee, the Church in ev’ry land; singing everlastingly to the blessed Trinity Alleluia! Lord, to Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Three in One, and One in Three, join we with the heav’nly host, singing everlastingly to the blessed Trinity. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Round the Lord

Saturday··2018·03·24
Round the Lord in Glory Seated Moultrie Round the Lord in glory seated, cherubim and seraphim filled his temple, and repeated each to each th’alternate hymn: Refrain: “Lord, Thy glory fills the heaven, earth is with its fullness stored; unto Thee be glory given, Holy, holy, holy, Lord.” Heav’n is still with glory ringing; earth takes up the angels’ cry, “Holy, holy, holy,” singing, “Lord of hosts, the Lord Most High!” Refrain With His seraph-train before Him, With His holy Church below, thus conspire we to adore Him, bid we thus our anthem flow: Refrain Thus Thy glorious name confessing, with Thine angel hosts we cry, “Holy, holy, holy,” blessing Thee, the Lord of Hosts Most High. Refrain —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

Saturday··2018·03·31
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today Llanfair Jesus Christ is ris’n today, Alleluia! our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia! Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! unto Christ, our heav’nly King, Alleluia! who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia! But the pains which He endured, Alleluia! our salvation have procured, Alleluia! now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia! where the angels ever sing. Alleluia! —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Lo! God Is Here

Saturday··2018·04·07
Lo! God Is Here; Let Us Adore Vater Unser Lo! God is here; let us adore, and own how dreadful is this place; let all within us feel His pow’r, and humbly bow before His face. Who knows His pow’r, His grace who proves, serve Him with awe, with rev’rence love. Lo, God is here, whom day and night united choirs of angels praise; to Him, enthroned above all height, the host of heav’n their anthems raise. Disdain not, Lord, our meaner song, who praise Thee with a stamm’ring tongue. Almighty Father, may our praise Thy courts with grateful fragrance fill; still may we stand before Thy face, still hear and do Thy sov’reign will. To God whom earth and heav’n adore, be praise and glory evermore. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Amid the Thronging Worshippers

Saturday··2018·04·14
Amid the Thronging Worshippers Psalm 22:22–35 Amid the thronging worshipers Jehovah will I bless; before my brethren, gathered here His Name will I confess. Come, praise Him, ye that fear the Lord, ye children of His grace; with rev’rence sound His glories forth And bow before His face. The burden of the sorrowful The Lord will not despise; He has not turned from those that mourn, He hearkens to their cries. His goodness makes me join the throng where saints His praise proclaim, and there will I fulfill my vows ’mid those who fear His Name. He feeds with good the humble soul and satisfies the meek, and they shall live and praise the Lord who for His mercy seek. The ends of all the earth take thought, the nations seek the Lord; they worship Him, the King of kings, in earth and heav’n adored. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Tune: Forest Green The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Sing Hallelujah

Saturday··2018·04·21
Sing Hallelujah, Praise the Lord! Bechler Sing hallelujah, praise the Lord! Sing with a cheerful voice; exalt our God with one accord, and in His Name rejoice. Ne’er cease to sing, O ransomed host, praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost, until in realms of endless light your praises shall unite. There we to all eternity shall join th’angelic lays and sing in perfect harmony to God our Savior’s praise; He has redeemed us by His blood, and made us kings and priests to God; for us, for us, the Lamb was slain! Praise ye the Lord! Amen. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O Lord, Our Lord

Saturday··2018·04·28
O Lord, Our Lord, in All the Earth Clinton Psalm 8 O Lord, our Lord, in all the earth, how excellent Thy name! Thy glory Thou hast spread afar in all the starry frame. From lips of children, Thou, O Lord hast mighty strength ordained, that adversaries should be stilled and vengeful foes restrained. When I regard the wondrous heav’ns, Thy handiwork on high, the moon and stars ordained by Thee, “O what is man?” I cry. O what is man, in Thy regard to hold so large a place, and what the son of man, that Thou dost visit him in grace. On man Thy wisdom hath bestowed a pow’r well nigh divine; with honor Thou hast crowned his head with glory like to Thine. Thou hast subjected all to him, and lord of all is he, of flocks and herds, and beasts and birds, and all within the sea. Thy mighty works and wondrous grace Thy glory, Lord, proclaim, O Lord, our Lord, in all the earth, How excellent Thy Name. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O Praise Ye the Lord

Saturday··2018·05·05
O Praise Ye the Lord Psalm 149 O praise ye the Lord and sing a new song, amid all the saints His praises prolong; the praise of their Maker His people shall sing, and children of Zion rejoice in their King. With timbrel and harp and joyful acclaim, with gladness and mirth, sing praise to His Name; for God in His people His pleasure doth seek, with robes of salvation He clotheth the meek. In glory exult, ye saints of the Lord; with songs in the night high praises accord; go forth in His service, be strong in His might to conquer all evil and stand for the right. For this is His word: His saints shall not fail, but over the earth their pow’r shall prevail; all kingdoms and nations shall yield to their sway. to God give the glory and praise Him for aye. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Suggested tune: Lyons The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Let Us, with a Gladsome Mind

Saturday··2018·05·12
Let Us, with a Gladsome Mind Monkland Psalm 149 Let us, with a gladsome mind, praise the Lord, for He is kind: for His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. Let us blaze His Name abroad, for of gods He is the God: for His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. He with all-commanding might filled the new-made world with light: for His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. All things living He doth feed; His full hand supplies their need: for His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. He His chosen race did bless in the wasteful wilderness: for His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. He hath with a pious eye looks upon our misery: for His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. Let us therefore warble forth His high majesty and worth: for His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: It Is Good to Sing Your Praises

Saturday··2018·06·02
It Is Good to Sing Your Praises Psalm 92 It is good to sing Your praises and to thank You, O Most High, showing forth Your loving-kindness when the morning lights the sky. It is good when night is falling of Your faithfulness to tell, while with sweet, melodious praises songs of adoration swell. You have filled my heart with gladness through the works Your hands have wrought; You have made my life victorious; great Your works and deep Your thought. You, O Lord, on high exalted, reign forevermore in might; all Your enemies shall perish, sin be banished from Your sight. But the good shall live before You, planted in Your dwelling place, fruitful trees and ever verdant, nourished by Your boundless grace. In His goodness to the righteous God His righteousness displays; God, my Rock, my Strength and Refuge, just and true are all Your ways. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Suggested tune: Ellesdie The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: The Heavens Declare

Saturday··2018·06·09
The Heavens Declare Thy Glory, Lord Uxbridge Psalm 19 The heav’ns declare Thy glory, Lord, in ev’ry star Thy wisdom shines; but when our eyes behold Thy Word, we read Thy Name in fairer lines. The rolling sun, the changing light, and nights and days Thy pow’r confess; but the blest volume Thou hast writ reveals Thy justice and Thy grace. Sun, moon, and stars convey Thy praise round the whole earth, and never stand: so when Thy truth began its race, it touched and glanced on ev’ry land. Nor shall Thy spreading gospel rest till through the world Thy truth has run, till Christ has all the nations blest that see the light, or feel the sun. Great Sun of Righteousness, arise, bless the dark world with heav’nly light; Thy gospel makes the simple wise; Thy laws are pure, Thy judgments right. Thy noblest wonders here we view in souls renewed and sins forgiv’n; Lord, cleanse my sins, my soul renew, and make Thy Word my guide to heav’n. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Give Praise to God

Saturday··2018·06·16
Give Praise to God Soli Deo Romans 11:33–36 Give praise to God who reigns above for perfect knowledge, wisdom, love; His judgments are divine, devout, His paths beyond all tracing out. Refrain: Come, lift our voice to heav’n’s high throne, and glory give to God alone! No one can counsel God all-wise or truths unveil to His sharp eyes; He marks our paths behind, before; He is our steadfast Counselor. Refrain Nothing exists that God might need, for all things good from Him proceed. We praise Him as our Lord, and yet we never place God in our debt. Refrain Creation, life, salvation too, and all things else both good and true, come from and through our God always, and fill our hearts with grateful praise. Refrain —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: To God the Only Wise

Saturday··2018·06·23
To God the Only Wise West To God the only wise, our Savior and our King, let all the saints below the skies their humble praises bring. ’Tis His almighty love, His counsel and His care, preserves us safe from sin and death, and ev’ry hurtful snare. He will present our souls unblemished and complete, before the glory of His face, with joys divinely great. Then all the chosen seed shall meet around the throne, shall bless the conduct of His grace, And make His wonders known. To our Redeemer God wisdom and pow’r belongs, immortal crowns of majesty, and everlasting songs. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). For the first time, I could not find a video of this tune. You can listen here. The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: King of Glory, King of Peace

Saturday··2018·06·30
King of Glory, King of Peace Gwalchmai King of glory, King of peace, I will love Thee; and that love may never cease, I will move Thee. Thou hast granted my request, Thou hast heard me; Thou didst note my working breast, Thou hast spared me. Wherefore with my utmost art I will sing Thee, and the cream of all my heart I will bring Thee. Though my sins against me cried, Thou didst clear me; and alone, when they replied, Thou didst hear me. Sev’n whole days, not one in sev’n, I will praise Thee; in my heart, though not in heav’n, I can raise Thee. Small it is, in this poor sort to enroll Thee: e’en eternity’s too short to extol Thee. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: How Sad Our State

Saturday··2018·07·21
How Sad Our State Sasha How sad our state by nature is, our sin, how deep it stains; and Satan binds our captive minds fast in his slavish chains. But there’s a voice of sov’reign grace sounds from the sacred Word, “Ho, ye despairing sinners, come, and trust upon the Lord.” My soul obeys th’almighty call, and runs to this relief; I would believe Thy promise, Lord, O help my unbelief. Unto the fountain of Thy blood, Incarnate God, I fly; here let me wash my spotted soul, from crimes of deepest dye. Stretch out Thine arm, victorious King, my reigning sins subdue; and drive the dragon from his seat, with all his hellish crew. A guilty, weak, and helpless worm, on Thy kind arms I fall; be thou my strength and righteousness, my Jesus and my all. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). This tune , as far as I can see, does not exist on the internet. Here’s an alternate: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come to the Waters

Saturday··2018·07·28
Come to the Waters Water of Life Revelation 22 Come to the waters, whoever is thirsty; drink from the Fountain that never runs dry. Jesus, the Living One, offers you mercy, life more abundant in boundless supply. Come to the River that flows through the city, forth from the throne of the Father and Son. Jesus the Savior says, “Come and drink deeply.” life more abundant in boundless supply. Come to the Fountain without any money; buy what is given without any cost. Jesus, the gracious One, welcome the weary; Jesus, the selfless One died for the lost. Come to the Well of unmerited favor; stretch out your hand; fill your cup to the brim. Jesus is such a compassionate Savior. Draw from the grace that flows freely from Him. Come to the Savior, the God of salvation. God has provided an end to sin’s strife. Why will you suffer the Law’s condemnation? Take the free gift of the water of life. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Ho! Ye That Thirst

Saturday··2018·08·04
Ho! Ye That Thirst Forest Green Isaiah 55 Ho! ye that thirst, approach the spring where living waters flow: free to that sacred fountain all without a price may go. How long to streams of false delight will ye in crowds repair? How long your strength and substance waste on trifles light as air? My stores afford those rich supplies that health and pleasure give; incline your ear, and come to Me; the soul that hears shall live. With you a cov’nant I will make that ever shall endure; the hope which gladdened David’s heart My mercy hath made sure. Behold He comes! your Leader comes, with might and honor crowned; a Witness who shall spread My Name to earth’s remotest bound. See! nations hasten to His call from ev’ry distant shore; isles, yet unknown, shall bow to Him, and Israel’s God adore. Seek ye the Lord while yet His ear is open to your call; while offered mercy still is near, before His footstool fall. Let sinners quit their evil ways, their evil thoughts forego, and God, when they to Him return, returning grace will show. With joy and peace shall then be led the glad converted lands; the lofty mountains then shall sing, the forests clap their hands. Where briers grew ’midst barren wilds, shall firs and myrtles spring; And nature, through its utmost bounds, eternal praises sing. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Depth of Mercy

Saturday··2018·08·11
Depth of Mercy Canterbury Depth of mercy! Can there be mercy still reserved for me? Can my God His wrath forbear? Me, the chief of sinners, spare? I have long withstood His grace: long provoked Him to His face; would not hearken to His calls; grieved Him by a thousand falls. I my Master have denied, I afresh have crucified, oft profaned His hallowed name, put Him to an open shame. There for me the Savior stands, shows His wounds and spreads His hands: God is love! I know, I feel; Jesus weeps, but loves me still! Now incline me to repent! Let me now my fall lament! Now my foul revolt deplore! Weep, believe, and sin no more. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). I could not find a video of this tune. You can listen here. The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: No, Not Despairingly

Saturday··2018·08·18
No, Not Despairingly Nenthorn No, not despairingly come I to Thee; no, not distrustingly bend I the knee; sin hath gone over me, yet is this still my plea, Jesus hath died. Ah! Mine iniquity crimson has been, infinite, infinite sin upon sin; sin of not loving Thee, sin of not trusting Thee, infinite sin. Lord, I confess to Thee sadly my sin; all I am, tell to Thee, all I have been; purge Thou my sin away, wash Thou my soul this day; Lord, make me clean. Faithful and just art Thou, forgiving all; loving and kind art Thou when poor ones call; Lord, let the cleansing blood, blood of the Lamb of God, pass o’er my soul. Then all is peace and light this soul within; thus shall I walk with Thee, the loved Unseen leaning on Thee, my God, guided along the road, nothing between. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). I could not find a recording of this tune. For those who can read music, it looks like this: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Lord Jesus, Think on Me

Saturday··2018·08·25
Lord Jesus, Think on Me Southwell Lord Jesus, think on me, and purge away my sin; from earth-born passions set me free, and make me pure within. Lord Jesus, think on me, with care and woe oppressed, let me Thy loving servant be, and taste Thy promised rest. Lord Jesus, think on me, nor let me go astray; through darkness and perplexity point Thou the heav’nly way. Lord Jesus, think on me, that, when the flood is past, I may eternal brightness see, and share Thy joy at last. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: A Debtor to Mercy

Saturday··2018·09·01
A Debtor to Mercy Alone Trewen A debtor to mercy alone, of covenant mercy I sing; nor fear, with Your righteousness on, my person and off’ring to bring. The terrors of law and of God with me can have nothing to do; my Savior’s obedience and blood hide all my transgressions from view. The work which His goodness began, the arm of His strength will complete; His promise is yea and amen, and never was forfeited yet. Things future, nor things that are now, nor all things below or above, can make Him His purpose forgo, or sever my soul from His love. My name from the palms of His hands eternity will not erase; impressed on His heart it remains, in marks of indelible grace. Yes, I to the end shall endure, as sure as the earnest is giv’n; more happy, but not more secure, the glorified spirits in heav’n. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries. In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: A Debtor to Mercy Alone

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: From Depths of Woe

Saturday··2018·09·08
From Depths of Woe Aus Tiefer Not Psalm 130 From depths of woe I cry to Thee; Lord, hear me, I implore Thee. Bend down Thy gracious ear to me; my pray’r let come before Thee. If Thou rememb’rest every sin, if nought but just reward we win, could we abide Thy presence? Thy love and grace alone avail to blot out my transgression; the best and holiest deeds must fail to break sin’s dread oppression. Before Thee none can boasting stand, but all must fear Thy strict demand and live alone by mercy. Therefore my hope is in the Lord and not in mine own merit; it rests upon His faithful Word to them of contrite spirit that He is merciful and just; this is my comfort and my trust. His help I wait with patience. And though it tarry till the night and till the morning waken, my heart shall never doubt His might nor count itself forsaken. Do thus, O ye of Adam’s seed, ye of the Spirit born indeed; wait for your God’s appearing. Though great our time and sore our woes, His grace much more aboundeth; His helping love on emit knows, or utmost need it soundeth. Our Shepherd good and true is He, who will at last His people free from all their sin and sorrow. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: God, Be Merciful to Me

Saturday··2018·09·15
God, Be Merciful to Me Redhead Psalm 51 God, be merciful to me, on Thy grace I rest my plea; plenteous in compassion Thou, blot out my transgressions now; wash me, make me pure within, cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin. My transgressions I confess, grief and guilt my soul oppress; I have sinned against Thy grace and provoked thee to Thy face; I confess Thy judgment just, speechless, I Thy mercy trust. I am evil, born in sin; Thou desirest truth within. Thou alone my Savior art, teach Thy wisdom to my heart; make me pure, Thy grace bestow, wash me whiter than the snow. Broken, humbled to the dust by Thy wrath and judgment just, let my contrite heart rejoice and in gladness hear Thy voice; from my sins O hide Thy face, blot them out in boundless grace. Gracious God, my heart renew, make my spirit right and true; cast me not away from Thee, let Thy Spirit dwell in me; Thy salvation’s joy impart, steadfast make my willing heart. Sinners then shall learn from me and return, O God, to Thee; Savior, all my guilt remove, and my tongue shall sing Thy love; touch my silent lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall praise accord. Not the formal sacrifice hath acceptance in Thy eyes; broken hearts are in Thy sight more than sacrificial rite; contrite spirit, pleasing cries, Thou, O God, wilt not despise. Prosper Zion in Thy grace and her broken walls replace; then our righteous sacrifice shall delight Thy holy eyes; free-will offerings, gladly made, on Thy altar shall be laid. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: How Blest Is He Whose Trespass

Saturday··2018·09·22
How Blest Is He Whose Trespass WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN Psalm 32 How blest is he whose trespass hath freely been forgiv’n, whose sin is wholly covered before the sight of heav’n. to whom the Lord in mercy imputeth not his sin, who hath a guileless spirit, whose heart is true within. While I kept guilty silence my strength was spent with grief: Thy hand was heavy on me, my soul found no relief; but when I owned my trespass, my sin hid not from Thee; when I confessed transgression, then Thou forgavest me. So let the godly seek Thee in times when Thou art near; no whelming floods shall reach them nor cause their hearts to fear. In Thee, O Lord, I hid me; Thou savest me from ill, and songs of Thy salvation my heart with rapture thrill. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated

Saturday··2018·10·06
Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated ABBOT’S LEIGH Lamb of God, Thou now art seated high beside Thy Father’s throne; all Thy gracious work completed, all Thy mighty vict’ry won: ev’ry knee in heav’n is bending to the Lamb for sinners slain; ev’ry voice and harp is swelling - Worthy is the Lamb to reign! Lord, in all Thy pow’r and glory, still Thy thoughts and eyes are here; watching o’er Thy ransomed people, to Thy gracious heart so dear; Thou for them art interceding; everlasting is Thy love - and a blessed rest preparing in our Father’s house above. Lamb of God, Thy faithful promise says, “Behold, I quickly come;” and our hearts, to Thine responsive, cry, “Come, Lord, and take us home.” Oh, the rapture that awaits us, when we meet Thee in the air, and with Thee ascend in triumph, all Thy deepest joys to share. Lamb of God, when Thou in glory shalt to this sad earth return, all Thy foes shall quake before Thee, all who now despise Thee mourn; then shall we at Thine appearing, with Thee in Thy kingdom reign; Thine the praise, and Thine the glory, Lamb of God for sinners slain. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Jesus in His Heavenly Glory

Saturday··2018·10·13
Jesus in His Heavenly Glory STUTTGART Jesus in His heav’nly glory, sits with God upon the throne; now no more to be forsaken, His humiliation gone. Never more shall God, Jehovah, smite the Shepherd with the sword; ne’er again shall cruel sinners set at nought our glorious Lord. Dwelling in eternal sunshine of the countenance of God, Jesus fills all heaven with incense of HIs reconciling blood. On His heart our names are graven, on His shoulders we are borne; of our God beloved in Jesus, we can love Him in return. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). According to Google and YouTube, this hymn has never been recorded to any tune. However, the tune, STUTTGART, has. The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns

Saturday··2018·10·20
The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns ST. MAGNUS The head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now; a royal diadem adorns the mighty Victor’s brow. The highest place that heav’n affords is His, is His by right, the King of kings and Lord of lords, and heav’n’s eternal Light. The joy of all who dwell above, the joy of all below, to whom He manifests His love, and grants His name to know. To them the cross with all its shame, with all its grace, is giv’n, their name, an everlasting name, their joy, the joy of heav’n. They suffer with their Lord below, they reign with Him above, their profit and their joy to know the myst’ry of His love. The cross He bore is life and health, though shame and death to Him: His people’s Hope, His people’s Wealth, their everlasting Theme. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor

Saturday··2018·10·27
Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor LAUDA ANIMA Lord, enthroned in heav’nly splendor, first-begotten from the dead, Thou alone, our strong Defender, liftest up Thy people’s head. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Jesus, true and living Bread! Prince of Life, for us Thou livest, by Thy body souls are healed; Prince of Peace, Thy peace Thou livest, by Thy blood is pardon sealed. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Word of God in flesh revealed. Paschal Lamb! Thine off’ring finished once for all when Thou wast slain, in its fullness undiminished shall forevermore remain. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Cleansing souls from ev’ry stain. Great High Priest of our profession, through the oil Thou ent’redst in; by Thy mighty intercession grace and mercy Thou dost win. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Only sacrifice for sin. Life-imparting heav’nly Manna, stricken Rock, with streaming side, heav’n and earth with loud hosanna worship Thee, the Lamb who died. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Ris’n, ascended, glorified! —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned

Saturday··2018·11·03
Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned ORTONVILLE Majestic sweetness sits enthroned upon the Savior’s brow; His head with radiant glories crowned, His lips with grace o’erflow, His lips with grace o’erflow. No mortal can with Him compare, among the sons of men; fairer is He than all the fair who fill the heav’nly train, who fill the heav’nly train. He saw me plunged in deep distress, and flew to my relief; for me He bore the shameful cross, and carried all my grief, and carried all my grief. To Him I owe my life and breath, and all the joys I have; He makes me triumph over death, and saves me from the grave, and saves me from the grave. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Behold the Glories of the Lamb

Saturday··2018·11·10
Behold the Glories of the Lamb LYNGHAM Revelation 5:6–12 Behold the glories of the Lamb amidst His Father’s throne! amidst His Father’s throne! Prepare new honors for His name, and songs before unknown, and songs before unknown. Let elders worship at His feet, the church adore around, the church adore around, with vials full of odors sweet, and harps of sweeter sound, and harps of sweeter sound. Now to the Lamb that once was slain be endless blessings paid; be endless blessings paid; salvation, glory, joy, remain forever on Thy head, forever on Thy head. Thou hast redeemed our souls with blood, hast set the pris’ners free, hast set the pris’ners free, hast made us kings and priests to God, and we shall reign with Thee, and we shall reign with Thee. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come Down, O Love Divine

Saturday··2018·11·17
Come Down, O Love Divine DOWN AMPNEY Come down, O Love divine, seek Thou this soul of mine, and visit it with Thine own ardor glowing; O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear, and kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing. O let it freely burn, till earthly passions turn to dust and ashes in its heat consuming; and let Thy glorious light shine ever on my sight, and clothe me round, the while my path illuming. Let holy charity mine outward vesture be, and lowliness become mine inner clothing: true lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part, and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing. And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long, shall far outpass the pow’r of human telling; no soul can guess its grace, till he become the place wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove

Saturday··2018·11·24
Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove ST. AGNES Come, Holy Spirit, heav’nly Dove, with all Thy quickening powers; kindle a flame of sacred love in these cold hearts of ours. O raise our thoughts from things below, from vanities and toys, then shall we with fresh courage go to reach eternal joys. Awake our souls to joyful songs; let pure devotion rise, till praise employs our thankful tongues, and doubt forever dies. Come, Holy Spirit, heav’nly Dove, with all Thy quickening powers; come, shed abroad a Savior’s love, and that shall kindle ours. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Savior of the Nations, Come

Saturday··2018·12·01
Savior of the Nations, Come NUN KOMM, DER EIDEN HEILAND Savior of the nations, come, virgin’s Son, make here Thy home! Marvel now, O heav’n and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth. Not by human flesh and blood, but the Spirit of our God, was the Word of God made flesh— woman’s Offspring, pure and fresh. Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child Of the Virgin undefiled! Though by all the world disowned, still to be in heav’n enthroned. From the Father forth He came and returneth to the same, captive leading death and hell— high the song of triumph swell! Thou the Father’s only Son, hast o’er sin the vict’ry won. Boundless shall Thy kingdom be; when shall we its glories see? Brightly doth Thy manger shine, glorious is its light divine. Let not sin o’ercloud this light; ever be our faith thus bright. Praise to God the Father sing, Praise to God the Son, our King, Praise to God the Spirit be Ever and eternally. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, recently published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

Saturday··2018·12·08
Comfort, Comfort Ye My People GENEVAN 42 Isaiah 40:1–5 Comfort, comfort ye My people, speak ye peace, thus saith our God; comfort those who sit in darkness, mourning ’neath their sorrows’ load. Speak ye to Jerusalem of the peace that waits for them! Tell her that her sins I cover and her warfare now is over. Yea, her sins our God will pardon, blotting out each dark misdeed; all that well deserved His anger He no more will see nor heed. She hath suffered many a day, now her griefs have passed away; God will change her pining sadness into ever-springing gladness. For Elijah’s voice is crying in the desert far and near, bidding all men to repentance, since the kingdom now is here. O that warning cry obey, now prepare for God a way; let the valley rise to meet Him, and the hills bow down to greet Him. Make ye straight what long was crooked, make the rougher places plain, let your hearts be true and humble, as befits His holy reign; for the glory of the Lord now o’er earth is shed abroad, and all flesh shall see the token that His Word is never broken. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: On Jordan’s Banks

Saturday··2018·12·15
On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry PUER NOBIS On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh; awake and hearken, for he brings glad tidings from the King of kings. Then cleansed be every breast from sin; make straight the way for God within; prepare we in our hearts a home, where such a mighty Guest may come. For Thou art our salvation, Lord, our Refuge and our great Reward; without Thy grace we waste away, like flow’rs that wither and decay. To heal the sick stretch out Thine hand, and bid the fallen sinner stand; shine forth, and let Thy light restore earth’s own true loveliness once more. All praise, Eternal Son, to Thee whose Advent sets Thy people free; whom with the Father we adore, and Holy Ghost for evermore. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Christ Is Coming! Let Creation

Saturday··2018·12·22
Christ Is Coming! Let Creation CWM RHONDDA Christ is coming! Let creation from her groans and travail cease; let the glorious proclamation hope restore and faith increase; Christ is coming! Christ is coming! Come, Thou blessed Prince of Peace, come, Thou blessed Prince of Peace. Earth can now but tell the story Of Thy bitter cross and pain; she shall yet behold Thy glory, When Thou comest back to reign: Christ is coming! Christ is coming! Let each heart repeat the strain, let each heart repeat the strain. Long Thine exiles have been pining, far from rest, and home, and Thee; but, in heav’nly vestures shining, they their loving Lord shall see: Christ is coming! Christ is coming! Haste the joyous jubilee, haste the joyous jubilee. With that blessed hope before us, let no harp remain unstrung; let the mighty advent chorus onward roll from tongue to tongue: “Christ is coming! Christ is coming! Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come, come, Lord Jesus, quickly come!” —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Hark, the Glad Sound!

Saturday··2018·12·29
Hark, the Glad Sound! The Savior comes GRÄFENBERG Hark, the glad sound! The Savior comes, the Savior promised long! Let ev’ry heart prepare a throne, and ev’ry voice a song. He comes the pris’ners to release, in Satan’s bondage held; the gates of brass before Him burst, the iron fetters yield. He comes the broken heart to bind, the bleeding soul to cure, and with the treasures of His grace t’enrich the humbled poor. Our glad Hosannas, Prince of Peace, Thy welcome shall proclaim; and heav’n’s eternal arches ring with Thy beloved Name. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Right tune, wrong hymn: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Not All the Outward Forms

Saturday··2019·01·05
Not All the Outward Forms on Earth VOX DILECTI Not all the outward forms on earth, nor rites that God has giv’n, nor will of man, nor blood, nor birth, can raise a soul to heav’n. The sov’reign will of God alone creates us heirs of grace born in the image of His Son, a new, peculiar race. The Spirit, like some heav’nly wind, blows on the sons of flesh, new models all the carnal mind, and forms the man afresh. Our quickened souls awake, and rise from the long sleep of death; on heav’nly things we fix our eyes, and praise employs our breath. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Right tune, wrong hymn: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: How Sweet and Awful

Saturday··2019·01·12
Hidden treasure: None of the hymns I have posted from this hymnal have ever been posted on this site before. Of those hymns (forty, so far), this is the first that I have previously known. How Sweet and Awful Is the Place ST. COLUMBA How sweet and awful is the place with Christ within the doors, while everlasting love displays the choicest of her stores. While all our hearts and all our songs join to admire the feast, each of us cries, with thankful tongue, “Lord, why was I a guest? “Why was I made to hear Thy voice, and enter while there’s room, when thousands make a wretched choice, and rather starve than come?” ’Twas the same love that spread the feast that sweetly drew us in; else we had still refused to taste, and perished in our sin. Pity the nations, O our God, constrain the earth to come; send Thy victorious Word abroad, and bring the strangers home. We long to see Thy churches full, that all the chosen race may, with one voice and heart and soul, sing Thy redeeming grace. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Listen carefully, and you might hear my voice in the crowd: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: One There Is

Saturday··2019·01·19
One There Is Above All Others GODESBERG One there is, above all others, well deserves the name of Friend; His is love beyond a brother’s, costly, free, and knows no end; they who once His kindness prove, find it everlasting love! Which of all our friends to save us, could or would have shed their blood? But our Jesus died to have us reconciled in Him to God; this was boundless love indeed! Jesus is a Friend in need. Men, when raised to lofty stations, often know their friends no more; slight and scorn their poor relations though they valued them before. But our Savior always owns those whom He redeemed with groans. When He lived on earth abased, Friend of sinners was His name; now, above all glory raised, He rejoices in the same; still He calls them brethren, friends, and to all their wants attends. Could we bear from one another what He daily bears from us? Yet this glorious Friend and Brother loves us though we treat Him thus; though for good we render ill, He accounts us brethren still. O for grace our hearts to soften! Teach us, Lord, at length to love; we, alas! forget too often what a Friend we have above; but when home our souls are brought, we will love Thee as we ought. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O the Deep, Deep Love

Saturday··2019·01·26
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus EBENEZER O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free, rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me. Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love; leading onward, leading homeward to my glorious rest above. O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore! How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore! How He watcheth o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own; how for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne. O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of ev’ry love the best; ’tis an ocean vast of blessing, ’tis a haven sweet of rest. O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis heav’n of heav’ns to me; and it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Here Is Love

Saturday··2019·02·02
Here Is Love CYMRAEG Here is love, vast as the ocean, loving-kindness as the flood, when the Prince of Life, our Ransom, shed for us His precious blood. Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise? He can never be forgotten throughout heav’n’s eternal days. On the mount of crucifixion fountains opened deep and wide; through the floodgates of God’s mercy flowed a vast and gracious tide. Grace and love, like mighty rivers, poured incessant from above, and heav’n’s peace and perfect justice kissed a guilty world in love. In Thy truth Thou dost direct me By Thy Spirit through Thy Word; And Thy grace my need is meeting as I trust in Thee, my Lord. Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring Thy great love and pow’r on me, Without measure, full and boundless, Drawing out my heart to Thee. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Praises

Saturday··2019·02·09
Praises for Thy Glorious Grace MT. CALVARY Ephesians 1:3–14 God and Father of our Savior, praise for glories of Thy grace, every blessing purposed favor, granted in Thy Son’s embrace. Refrain: God and Father, we would bless Thee; help us praise Thee in this place. Hallelujah, blessed Father, praises for Thy glorious grace. Chosen sinners long predestined to be holy, blameless still, made Thy sons by love unfathomed. Oh, the kindness of Thy will! Refrain Thine own Son, love’s dear Redeemer, ransom’s price His precious blood; sins forgiven for the treasure of that ageless, cleansing flood. Refrain Myst’ry of eternal wisdom, Thy good pleasure now made known; heav’n and earth’s entire creation bent beneath Thy Son’s bright throne. Refrain Thou, intent Thine heirs to make us, workest all things to this will, that those hoping first in Jesus might with praise the heavens fill. Refrain Bless Thee for Thy promised Spirit, Holy Spirit, Christians’ Seal, Pledge we shall in Christ inherit what redemption shall reveal! Refrain —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). I could not find a video of this tune. You can listen here The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: A Good High Priest

Saturday··2019·02·16
A Good High Priest Is Come MILLENNIUM A good High Priest is come, supplying Aaron’s place, and taking up his room, dispensing life and grace; the law by Aaron’s priesthood came, but grace and truth by Jesus’ name. He once temptations knew of eve’y sort and kind, that He might succor show to ev’ry tempted mind; in ev’ry point the Lamb was tried like us, and then for us He died. He died, but lives again, and by the throne He stands, there shows how He was slain, op’ning His piercèd hands; our Priest abides and pleads the cause of us who have transgressed His laws. I other priests disclaim, and laws and off’rings too; none but the bleeding Lamb the mighty work can do; He shall have all the praise: for He has loved, and died, and lives for me. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Right tune, different hymn. The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Not What These Hands

Saturday··2019·02·23
Not What These Hands Have Done LEOMINSTER Not what these hands have done can save this guilty soul; not what this toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole. Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God; not all my pray’rs, and sighs, and tears, can bear my awful load. Thy work alone, O Christ, can ease this weight of sin; Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within. Thy love to me, O God, not mine, O Lord, to thee, can rid me of this dark unrest, and set my spirit free. Thy grace alone, O God, to me can pardon speak; Thy pow’r alone, O Son of God, can this sore bondage break. I bless the Christ of God; I rest on love divine; and with unfalt’ring lip and heart, I call this Savior mine. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). [Full hymn as originally published by Horatius Bonar] The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: I Hear the Words of Love

Saturday··2019·03·02
I Hear the Words of Love ST. MICHAEL I hear the words of love, I gaze upon the blood, I see the mighty sacrifice, and I have peace with God. ’Tis everlasting peace, sure as Jehovah’s name; ’tis stable as his steadfast throne, for evermore the same. The clouds may go and come, and storms may sweep my sky, this blood-sealed friendship changes not, the cross is ever nigh. I change—he changes not; The Christ can never die; His love, not mine, the resting-place; His truth, not mine, the tie. My love is oftimes low, my joy still ebbs and flows, but peace with him remains the same; No change Jehovah knows. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). [Full hymn as originally published by Horatius Bonar] The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Not All the Blood of Beasts

Saturday··2019·03·09
Not All the Blood of Beasts SOUTHWELL Not all the blood of beasts on Jewish altars slain could give the guilty conscience peace or wash away the stain. But Christ, the heav’nly Lamb, takes all our sins away; a Sacrifice of nobler name and richer blood than they. My faith would lay her hand on that dear head of Thine, while like a penitent I stand, and there confess my sin. My soul looks back to see the burden Thou didst bear when hanging on the cursed tree; I know my guilt was there. Believing, we rejoice to see the curse remove; we bless the Lamb with cheerful voice and sing His bleeding love. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: I Sought the Lord

Saturday··2019·03·16
I Sought the Lord PEACE I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me; it was not I that found, O Savior true; no, I was found of Thee. Thou didst reach forth Thy hand and mine enfold; I walked and sank not on the storm-vexed sea; ’twas not so much that I on Thee took hold, as Thou, dear Lord, on me. I find, I walk, I love, but O, the whole of love is but my answer, Lord, to Thee! For Thou wert long beforehand with my soul, always Thou lovedst me. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Before the throne of God above

Saturday··2019·03·23
Before the throne of God above JERUSALEM Before the throne of God above I have a strong, a perfect plea, a great High Priest, whose name is Love who ever lives and pleads for me. My name is graven on His hands, my name is written on His heart; I know that while in heav’n He stands no tongue can bid me thence depart. 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. Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free, for God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me. Behold Him there! the risen Lamb! my perfect, spotless righteousness, the great unchangeable I AM, the King of glory and of grace! One with Himself, I cannot die; my soul is purchased by His blood; my life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ my Savior and my God. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Right tune, wrong hymn: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more inf0ormation and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Jesus, My Highest Treasure

Saturday··2019·03·30
Jesus, My Highest Treasure OSLO Jesus, my highest treasure, in Thy communion blest I find unfailing pleasure, true happiness and rest; myself a willing off’ring I give to Thee alone, because by death and suff’ring Thou didst for me atone. O Joy, all joys excelling, the Bread of Life Thou art, Thou cam’st to make Thy dwelling in my unworthy heart. My spirit’s hungry craving Thou canst forever still; from deepest anguish saving, with bliss my cup canst fill. O let my eyes be lightened by sight of Thy dear face; my life below be brightened by tasting of Thy grace; without Thee, mighty Savior, to live is nought but pain; to have Thy love and favor is happiness and gain. Earth’s glory to inherit is not what I desire; to heav’n aspires my spirit, glowing with nobler fire. Where Christ Himself appeareth in brightest majesty, for me a place prepareth there, there, there I long to be. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). I could not find a video of this tune. You can listen here. The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more inf0ormation and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know

Saturday··2019·04·06
Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know HENDON Ask ye what great thing I know that delights and stirs me so? What the high reward I win? Whose the name I glory in? Jesus Christ, the Crucified. Who defeats my fiercest foes? Who consoles my saddest woes? Who revives my waiting heart, healing all its hidden smart? Jesus Christ, the Crucified. Who is life in life to me? Who the death of death will be? Who will place me on His right with the countless hosts of light? Jesus Christ, the Crucified. This is that great thing I know; this delights and stirs me so: faith in Him who died to save, Him who triumphed o'er the grave, Jesus Christ, the Crucified. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more inf0ormation and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O My Soul, Bless Your Redeemer

Saturday··2019·04·13
O My Soul, Bless Your Redeemer STUTTGART Psalm 103 O my soul, bless your Redeemer; all within me bless God’s Name; bless the Savior, and forget not all God’s mercies to proclaim. God forgives all your transgressions, all diseases gently heals; God redeems you from destruction, and with you so kindly deals. Far as east from west is distant, God has put away our sin; like the pity of a father has the Lord’s compassion been. As it was without beginning, so it lasts without an end; to their children’s children ever shall God’s righteousness extend. Unto such as keep God’s cov’nant and are steadfast in God’s way; unto those who still remember the commandments and obey. Bless your Maker, all you creatures, ever under God’s control, all throughout God’s vast dominion; bless the Lord of all, my soul! —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more inf0ormation and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: My God, I Love Thee

Saturday··2019·04·20
My God, I Love Thee KINGSFOLD My God, I love Thee; not because I hope for heav’n thereby, nor yet for fear that loving not I might forever die; but for that Thou didst all mankind upon the cross embrace; for us didst bear the nails and spear, and manifold disgrace; And griefs and torments numberless, and sweat of agony; e’en death itself, and all for man, who was Thine enemy. Then why, most loving Jesus Christ, should I not love Thee well? Not for the sake of winning heav’n, nor any fear of hell; Not with the hope of gaining aught, nor seeking a reward, but as Thyself hast loved me, O ever-loving Lord! E’en so I love Thee, and will love, and in Thy praise will sing, solely because Thou art my God and my eternal King! —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more inf0ormation and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word

Saturday··2019·04·27
Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word LIEBSTER JESU Blessèd Jesus, at Thy Word we are gathered all to hear Thee; let our hearts and souls be stirred now to seek and love and fear Thee; by Thy teachings sweet and holy drawn from earth to love Thee solely. All our knowledge, sense, and sight lie in deepest darkness shrouded, till Thy Spirit breaks our night with the beams of truth unclouded; Thou alone to God canst win us; Thou must work all good within us. Glorious Lord, Thyself impart! Light of Light from God proceeding, open Thou our ears and heart, help us by Thy Spirit’s pleading, hear the cry Thy people raises, hear and bless our pray’rs and praises. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, praise to Thee and adoration! Grant that we Thy Word may trust and obtain true consolation while we here below must wander, till we sing Thy praises yonder. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more inf0ormation and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Thy Word Sheds Light

Saturday··2019·05·04
Thy Word Sheds Light Upon My Path REPENTANCE Psalm 119:105–112 Thy Word sheds light upon my path; a shining light, it guides my feet; Thy righteous judgments to observe, my solemn vow I now repeat. In my distress I plead with Thee, send help according to Thy Word; accept my sacrifice of praise and make me know Thy judgments, Lord. In danger oft and nigh to death, Thy law remembered is my aid. The wicked seek my overthrow, yet from Thy truth I have not strayed. Thy precepts are my heritage, for daily they my heart rejoice; to keep Thy statutes faithfully shall ever be my willing choice. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Listen here. The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: All That I Am

Saturday··2019·05·11
All That I Am I Owe to Thee FEDERAL STREET Psalm 139:14–24 All that I am I owe to Thee; Thy wisdom, Lord, has fashioned me. I give my Maker thankful praise, whose wondrous works my soul amaze. Ere into being I was brought, Thine eye did see, and in Thy thought my life in all its perfect plan was ordered ere my days began. Thy thoughts, O God, how manifold, more precious unto me than gold! I muse on their infinity, awaking I am still with Thee. The wicked Thou wilt surely slay; from me let sinners turn away. They speak against the Name divine; I count God's enemies as mine. Search me, O God, my heart discern; try me, my inmost thought to learn; and lead me, if in sin I stray, to choose the everlasting way. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: What Shall I Render

Saturday··2019·05·18
What Shall I Render to the Lord MARTYRDOM Psalm 116:12–19 What shall I render to the Lord, what shall my offering be, for all the gracious benefits He has bestowed on me? Salvation’s cup my soul will take while to the Lord I pray, and with His people I will meet, my thankful vows to pay. Not lightly does the Lord permit His chosen saints to die; from death Thou hast delivered me, Thy servant, Lord, am I. The sacrifice of praise I bring while to the Lord I pray, and with His people I will meet, my thankful vows to pay. Within His house, the house of pray’r, my soul shall bless the Lord, and praises to His holy Name let all His saints accord. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Right tune, wrong hymn: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Teach Me

Saturday··2019·05·25
Teach Me, My God and King FESTAL SONG Teach me, my God and King, in all things Thee to see, and what I do in anything, to do it as for Thee. To scorn the senses’ sway, while still to Thee I tend; in all I do be Thou the Way, in all be Thou the End. All may of Thee partake; nothing so small can be, but draws, when acted for Thy sake, greatness and worth from Thee. If done t’obey Thy laws, e’en servile labors shine; hallowed is toil, if this the cause, the meanest work divine. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Right tune, wrong hymn: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: He Who Would Valiant Be

Saturday··2019·06·01
This is the only known hymn by John Bunyan. See his original text here. He Who Would Valiant Be ST. DUNSTAN He who would valiant be ’gainst all disaster, let him in constancy follow the Master. There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent his first avowed intent to be a pilgrim. Who so beset him round with dismal stories, do but themselves confound—his strength the more is. No foes shall stay his might, though he with giants fight; he will make good his right to be a pilgrim. Since, Lord, Thou dost defend us with Thy Spirit we know we at the end shall life inherit. Then, fancies, flee away! I’ll fear not what men say, I’ll labor night and day to be a pilgrim. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Jesus, Still Lead On

Saturday··2019·06·08
Jesus, Still Lead On SEELENBRÄUTIGAM Jesus, still lead on till our rest be won. And, although the way be cheerless, we will follow, calm and fearless; guide us by Your hand to our Fatherland. If the way be drear, if the foe be near, let not faithless fears o’ertake us, let not faith and hope forsake us; for, through many a woe, to our home we go. When we seek relief from a long-felt grief— when oppressed by new temptations, Lord, increase and perfect patience. Show us that bright shore where we weep no more. Jesus, still lead on till our rest be won; Heav’nly Leader, still direct us, still support, console, protect us, till we safely stand in our Fatherland. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Teach Me, O Lord

Saturday··2019·06·15
Teach Me, O Lord, the Perfect Way WINCHESTER OLD Psalm 119:33–37 Teach me, O Lord, the perfect way of Thy precepts divine, and to observe it to the end I shall my heart incline. Give understanding unto me, that I Thy law obey; with my whole heart shall I observe Thy statutes night and day. In Thy law’s path make me to go; delight therein I find. Unto Thy truth, and not to greed, let my heart be inclined. Turn Thou away my sight and eyes from viewing vanity; and in Thy good and holy way be pleased to quicken me. Confirm to me Thy gracious Word, which I did gladly hear, to me Thy servant, Lord, who am devoted to Thy fear. Turn Thou away my feared reproach; for good Thy judgments be. Lo, for Thy precepts I have longed; in Thy truth quicken me. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Wrong hymn, right tune: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Credo

Saturday··2019·06·22
Credo OESTREICH Yes, I believe in Him who is almighty Father, God, who made all things in heaven, earth, who made them very good. Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, begotten by the Spirit and of Virgin Mary born. Who under Pontius Pilate’s hand was scorned and suffered grief; who then was crucified and, dead, laid in a borrowed grave; who from descent to depths of earth the third day rose again, ascended into heaven where He sits at God’s right hand. From there one day He will return to judge the souls of men; the small and great, living and dead, must all before Him stand. Yes, I believe the Holy Ghost is very God who calls the penitent to His true church, where each communes with all. Yes, I believe God does forgive the sins of those who come to Him confessing Jesus Lord and trusting in His name. Yes, I believe the righteous dead Christ’s resurrection share, that blessed life with Him for all eternity is theirs. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright

Saturday··2019·06·29
Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright ST. AGNES Lord, teach us how to pray aright with rev’rence and with fear. though dust and ashes in your sight, we may, we must draw near. We perish if we cease from pray’r; Oh, grant us pow’r to pray. and when to meet thee we prepare, Lord, meet us on our way. Give deep humility; the sense of godly sorrow give; a strong desire with confidence, to hear your voice and live; Faith in the only sacrifice that can for sin atone; to cast our hopes, to fix our eyes on Christ, on Christ alone. Give these, and then your will be done; thus strengthened with all might, we, through your Spirit and your Son, shall pray, and pray aright. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Right tune, wrong hymn: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: What Various Hindrances We Meet

Saturday··2019·07·06
What Various Hindrances We Meet CONTRITION What various hindrances we meet in coming to the mercy seat! Yet who that knows the worth of pray’r but wishes to be often there! Pray’r makes the darkened clouds withdraw; pray’r climbs the ladder Jacob saw; gives exercise to faith and love; brings ev’ry blessing from above. Restraining pray’r, we cease to fight; pray’r makes the Christian’s armor bright; and Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. Have you no words? Ah, think again: words flow apace when you complain, and fill a fellow-creature’s ear with the sad tale of all your care. Were half the breath thus vainly spent to heav’n in supplication sent, our cheerful song would oft’ner be, “Hear what the Lord hath done for me!” —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Tune: CONTRITION The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come, My Soul

Saturday··2019·07·13
Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare VIENNA Come, my soul, thy suit prepare, Jesus loves to answer pray’r. He Himself has bid thee pray, rise and ask without delay. Thou art coming to a King, large petitions with thee bring, for his grace and pow’r are such, none can ever ask too much. With my burden I begin, Lord, remove this load of sin! Let Thy blood, for sinners spilt, set my conscience free from guilt. Lord! I come to Thee for rest, take possession of my breast; there Thy blood-bought right maintain, and without a rival reign. While I am a pilgrim here, let Thy love my spirit cheer; as my Guide, my Guard, my Friend, lead me to my journey’s end. Show me what I have to do; ev’ry hour my strength renew; let me live a life of faith; let me die Thy people’s death. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Approach, My Soul

Saturday··2019·07·20
Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat BURFORD Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat, where Jesus answers pray’r; there humbly fall before His feet, for none can perish there. Thy promise is my only plea, with this I venture nigh; Thou callest burdened souls to Thee, and such, O Lord, am I. Bowed down beneath a load of sin, by Satan sorely pressed, by war without, and fears within, I come to Thee for rest. Be Thou my shield and hiding-place, that, sheltered near Thy side, I may my fierce accuser face, and tell him, “Thou hast died.” Oh wondrous love, to bleed and die, to bear the cross and shame, that guilty sinners such as I, might plead Thy gracious name. “Poor tempest-tossèd soul, be still, my promised grace receive;” ’Tis Jesus speaks; I must, I will, I can, I do believe. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Listen: BURFORD The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Thy Broken Body

Saturday··2019·07·27
Thy Broken Body, Gracious Lord BOURBON Thy broken body, gracious Lord, is shadowed by this broken bread; the wine which in this cup is poured points to the blood which Thou hast shed. And while we meet together thus, we show that we are one in Thee; Thy precious blood was shed for us, Thy death, O Lord, hast set us free! Brethren in Thee, in union sweet, forever be Thy grace adored! ’Tis in Thy Name that now we meet, and Thou art with us, gracious Lord. We have one hope that Thou wilt come, Thee in the air we wait to see, when Thou wilt give Thy saints a home, and we shall ever reign with Thee. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Listen: BOURBON The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: To Avert from Men God s Wrath

Saturday··2019·08·03
To Avert from Men God s Wrath REDHEAD To avert from men God’s wrath, Jesus suffered in our stead; by an ignominious death He a full atonement made; and by His most precious blood brought us, sinners, nigh to God. Christ bids each afflicted soul, “Come that I may soothe your grief. No one who is strong and whole needs a doctor for relief; therefore have no fear, draw nigh, that your want I may supply.” But examine first your case, whether you be in the faith; do you long for pard’ning grace? Is your only hope His death? Then, how e’er your soul’s oppressed, come, you are a worthy guest. They who Jesus’ mercy knows are from wrath and envy freed; love unto our neighbor shows that we are His flock indeed; thus we may in all our ways show forth our Redeemer’s praise. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). Right tune, wrong hymn: The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face

Saturday··2019·08·10
Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face CONSOLATION Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face; here would we touch and handle things unseen; here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace and all my weariness upon Thee lean. Here would I feed upon the bread of God, here drink with Thee the royal wine of heav’n; here would we lay aside each earthly load, here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiv’n. This is the hour of banquet and of song; this is the heav’nly table spread for me; here let me feast, and feasting, still prolong the brief, bright hour of fellowship with Thee. Too soon we rise, the symbols disappear; the feast, though not the love, is past and done; gone are the bread and wine, but Thou art here, nearer than ever, still my Shield and Sun. Feast after feast thus comes, and passes by; yet passing, points to the glad feast above; giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy, the Lamb’s great bridal feast of bliss and love. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). See the full text of this hymn as originally published. Listen: CONSOLATION The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands

Saturday··2019·08·17
Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands ROCKINGHAM Amidst us our Beloved stands, and bids us view His pierced hands; points to the wounded feet and side, blest emblems of the Crucified. What food luxurious loads the board, when, at His table, sits the Lord! The cup how rich, the bread how sweet, when Jesus deigns the guests to meet! If now, with eyes defiled and dim, we see the signs, but see not Him; O may His love the scales displace, and bid us see Him face to face! Our former transports we recount, when with Him in the holy mount: these cause our souls to thirst anew His marred but lovely face to view. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Father, We Thank Thee

Saturday··2019·08·24
Father, We Thank Thee RENDEZ À DIEU Father, we thank Thee who hast planted Thy holy Name within our hearts. Knowledge and faith and life immortal Jesus Thy Son to us imparts. Thou, Lord, didst make all for Thy pleasure, didst give man food for all his days, giving in Christ the Bread eternal; Thine is the pow’r, be Thine the praise. Watch o’er Thy church, O Lord, in mercy, save it from evil, guard it still. Perfect it in Thy love, unite it, cleansed and conformed unto Thy will. As grain, once scattered on the hillsides, was in this broken bread made one, so from all lands Thy church be gathered into Thy kingdom by Thy Son. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: At the Lamb’s High Feast

Saturday··2019·08·31
At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing SALZBURG At the Lamb’s high feast we sing praise to our victorious King, who hath washed us in the tide flowing from His piercèd side; praise we Him whose love divine gives His sacred blood for wine, gives His body for the feast, Christ the Victim, Christ the Priest. Where the paschal blood is poured, death’s dark angel sheathes his sword; Israel’s hosts triumphant go through the wave that drowns the foe. Praise we Him, whose blood was shed, Paschal Victim, Paschal Bread; with sincerity and love eat we manna from above. Mighty Victim from the sky, pow’rs of hell beneath Thee lie; death is conquered in the fight, Thou hast brought us life and light; hymns of glory and of praise, risen Lord, to Thee we raise; Holy Father, praise to Thee, with the Spirit, ever be. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Jesus, Thou Joy

Saturday··2019·09·14
Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts QUEBEC Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts, Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men, from the best bliss that earth imparts, we turn unfilled to Thee again. Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood; Thou savest those that on Thee call; to them that seek Thee, Thou art good, to them that find Thee, all in all. We taste Thee, O Thou living Bread, and long to feast upon Thee still; we drink of Thee, the Fountain-head, and thirst our souls from Thee to fill. Our restless spirits yearn for Thee where’er our changeful lot is cast; glad, when Thy gracious smile we see, blest, when our faith can hold Thee fast. O Jesus, ever with us stay; make all our moments calm and bright! chase the dark night of sin away, shed o’er the world Thy holy light. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Saturday··2019·09·21
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation WESTMINSTER ABBEY Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the head and cornerstone, chosen of the Lord, and precious, binding all the church in one, Holy Zion’s help for ever, and her confidence alone. All that dedicated city, dearly loved of God on high, in exultant jubilation pours perpetual melody; God the One in Three adoring in glad hymns eternally. To this temple, where we call You, come, O Lord of Hosts, today: with accustomed lovingkindness, hear Your servants as they pray; and Your fullest benediction shed within its walls alway. Lord, here grant to all Your servants what they ask of You to gain, what they gain from You, forever with the blessed to retain, and hereafter in Your glory evermore with You to reign. Praise and honor to the Father, praise and honor to the Son, praise and honor to the Spirit, ever Three, and ever One, one in might, and one in glory, while unending ages run. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

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