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Create In Me A Clean Heart – hymn

Create In Me A Clean Heart

When you look for this song, you find a couple of different versions.

This version, by Acappella, is the one I knew first. I sure do like it. It is what always comes to mind when I read Psalm 51:10.

This second version is one I heard just a while back. I like it, as well, but don’t know it all yet. It is one that our teens sing. Of course, we don’t use the instruments but the words are a plea to God, Himself, to wash us clean and that is what we need – to be washed and found clean through the gift of redemption He gives.

What a plea – create in me a clean heart O, God! Renew me!

I plead that for myself and that the desire will also be found in my children’s hearts as they grow.

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O That Will Be Glory ~ hymn

The melody of this does such a wonderful job of highlighting the lyrics, bringing them to the forefront and causing me to really think about the words I am singing. I am blessed to have the life that I do but what amazing glory it will be to stand there in heaven, safe on the shores of the home that God has prepared for those who love and obey Him. It makes me think about the lesson this morning  – how all things are intended to bring glory, praise and honor to God, that this is the main purpose and outcome of a Christian life. (I Peter 1:3-9) Am I seeking God in a way that has this as the outcome?

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O That Will Be Glory

O That Will Be Glory

words and music: Charles H. Gabriel (1900)

1 When all my labors and trials are o’er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore
Will through the ages be glory for me.

O that will be glory for me,
(O that will be glory for me,)
Glory for me, (Glory for me,)
glory for me! (glory for me!)
When by His grace I shall look on His face.
That will be glory, be glory for me!

2 When by the gift of His infinite grace
I am accorded in heaven a place,
Just to be there and to look on His face
Will through the ages be glory for me. [Chorus]

3 Friends will be there I have loved long ago;
Joy like a river around me will flow;
Yet just a smile from my Savior, I know,
Will through the ages be glory for me. [Chorus]

Just A Closer Walk With Thee – hymn

I find myself humming this hymn often. The words just echo through my day – Just a closer walk with; grant it, Jesus, is my plea. When the words are just what I desire for my life? Well, it sticks with me, I guess.

I want my daily life to be walked closely with Jesus. I KNOW he is by my side, as He tells me that several places in the Bible. This hymn is a good way to remind myself to walk more closely with Him, though. I have to do the moving. He’ll reach out for me but I have to choose to move closer to Him daily. And I try – Bible reading, singing, memory verses – all works to help me be closer to Him.

I want my life to “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”

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Just A Closer Walk With Thee

words: anonymous
music: anonymous

1 I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

2 Thro’ this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee. [Refrain]

3 When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore. [Refrain]


Living By Faith – hymn

When we are living by faith, we are trusting the Lord to take care of whatever comes our way. That is sometimes good things but many times, it is trials. Trials are promised to come our way if we are living as God wants us to. But this hymn is one that reminds me that Living By Faith is the only way to live. God is the ruler of it all. God is in control. God is there by our side, leading the way.

So, today, are you Living By Faith?

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Living By Faith

Living By Faith

words: James Wells (1918)
music: J. L. Hearth

1 I care not today what the morrow may bring,
If shadow or sunshine or rain,
The Lord I know ruleth o’er everything,
And all of my worries are vain.

Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love;
From all harm safe in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.

2 Though tempests may blow and the storm clouds arise,
Obscuring the brightness of life,
I’m never alarmed at the overcast skies—
The Master looks on at the strife. [Refrain]

3 I know that He safely will carry me through,
No matter what evils betide;
Why should I then care though the tempest may blow,
If Jesus walks close to my side. [Refrain]

4 Our Lord will return for His loved ones some day,
Our troubles will then all be o’er;
The Master so gently will lead us away,
Beyond that blest heavenly shore. [Refrain]


O Sacred Head – hymn

O Sacred Head

This solemn hymn really speaks for itself. There is much to ponder in the lyrics of this hymn, written hundreds of years ago. The lyrics are attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux in the 12th century. There are also attributions to Paul Gerhardt in 1656 for the German words and to James W. Alexander in 1830 for the English words. That is quite a history and tells you that there is more to this hymn than meets the eye the first time you look at it or listen.

The music is attributed to Hans L. Hassler (1601) and then arranged by J.S. Bach (1729).

The last line is very touching and may it be true for all those who love Christ.

Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love to Thee.


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O Sacred Head

lyrics: attr. Bernard of Clairvaux (12th century);tr. (German) Paul Gerhardt (1656); tr. (English) James W. Alexander (1830)
music: Hans L. Hasslet (1601); arr. J. S. Bach (1729)

1 O sacred head now wounded
With grief and shame weighed down;
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Thine only crown;
How art Thou pale with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn;
How does that visage languish,
Which once was bright as morn!

2 What language shall I borrow
To thank Thee, dearest Friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever;
And, should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love to Thee.


What A Friend We Have In Jesus – hymn

This title is somewhat misleading – this hymn should be titled something like “Pray About Everything”.  Read through the lyrics. Take a minute and really read them.

What A Friend We Have In Jesus
lyrics – Joseph Scriven – 1855
music – Charles C Converse – 1868

1 What a friend we have in Jesus,What A Friend We Have In Jesus
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer!

2 Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer!

3 Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge–
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
you wilt find a solace there.


Do you see the relationship between prayer and care? If we are praying, God is hearing. He’ll “shield you.” You will find “solace.” You will have your sorrow shared and you will have your pain borne by one who truly cares.

God tells us often in His word to bring our cares to Him. We are given examples of prayer and reminded to prayer without ceasing. Pray over everything and be concerned about nothing.

  • 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5: 16-18
  • Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7
  • Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
  • Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34

May you find that Friend who is interceding for you once you have taken Him on in baptism.

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Our God, He Is Alive – hymn

Our God He Is Alive

This is another one of those hymns that has just a part of my worship time since before I can remember. A bright, cheerful song that states what we know – “our God, He is alive!”

Have you ever thought about these phrases? He framed the worlds! He tinted the skies! Men may search for the germ of life but will not find it. So many truths – the prophets heard God’s voice, He speaks from His inspired word, God alones understand so much.

But what about that fourth verse? Our God, whose Son upon a tree; a life was willing there to give. That He from sin might set man free, and ever more with Him could live.

What a lovely, thrilling, amazing reminder that God is the one in charge, in control, and that He and He along has offered us the gift of salvation. We cannot get it without HIM! We cannot live with HIM without that setting free from sin that He accomplished on the cross.

God is so good!

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O Our God He Is Alive

This hymn will also serve as the O post for Blogging Through The Alphabet – running a bit behind this week. 🙂


Our God, He Is Alive

words and music – A. W. Dicus (1966)

1 There is, beyond the azure blue;
A God, concealed from human sight.
He tinted skies with heav’nly hue
And framed the worlds with His great might.

There is a God, He is alive,
In Him we live and we survive;
From dust our God created man,
He is our God, the great I Am.

2 There was a long, long time ago,
A God whose voice the prophets heard.
He is the God that we should know,
Who speaks from His inspired word.


3 Secure, is life from mortal mind,
God holds the germ within His hand,
Though men may search, they cannot find,
for God alone does understand.


4 Our God, whose Son upon a tree,
A life was willing there to give,
That He from sin might set man free,
And evermore with Him could live.


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