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On Zion’s Glorious Summit Stood ~ hymn

On Zions Glorious Summit Stood

This is a wonderful song that brings singers together. We are part of a greater church, one of the Lord’s, and we join in the singing of the songs and the worship of God. Isn’t it wonderful to be a part of something so wonderful, so grand, so encompassing? One day, we will join with all those who have gone before us and bow before the great I AM in heaven. What a day that will be!

I found this song an interesting one to research. There are not a whole lot of references to it but I found very quickly that the tune I know is not the one on the pages from the late 1800s. I don’t know which tune this originally set to but the words are good, aren’t they?

If you would like to listen to this, you can visit In Search of the Lord’s Way and click on the little play button next to the title. You could also visit Great Songs Chapel to hear it sun.

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On Zion’s Glorious Summit Stood

lyrics: John Kent (probably early 1800s for these lyrics)
music: unknown

On Zion’s glorious summit stood
A numerous host redeemed by blood
They hymned their King in strains divine
I heard the song and strove to join
I heard the song and strove to join

Here all who suffered sword or flame
For truth, or Jesus’ lovely name
Shout victory now and hail the Lamb
And bow before the great I Am
And bow before the great I Am

While everlasting ages roll
Eternal love shall feast their soul
And scenes of bliss, forever new
Rise in succession to their view
Rise in succession to their view

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of hosts, on high adored
Who like me thy praise should sing
O Almighty King
Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of hosts, on high adored
Holy, holy, holy


When My Love to Christ Grows Weak ~ hymn

When you need a refreshing moment with God, what do you do? Do you pray? Do you read God’s word? Do you sing? The appeal of this hymn to me is the picture of what one chose to do when he began struggling. He sought God, in thought. He looked to the images of Christ and the love he had for you and me. Those images – in the garden where tears flowed in anguish, on Calvary where he suffered unfathomable pain, the cross where He was nailed and died, the resurrection and triumph of life over death – those images bring us a deeper appreciation of our own worth to God.

Christ went through death so that I might live. My response then should to be to love all the more – to love Christ more, to love man more, to love life more – that I might share that with those around me. Christ doesn’t want anyone to suffer but he wants all to come to repentance and to be brought to heaven at judgement day. My life, lived in service to God, can help in that. This hymn reminds me of that.

You can listen to it on In Search of the Lord’s Way by clicking on the play arrow next to the title.

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When My Love To Christ Grows Weak

When My Love To Christ Grows Weak

lyrics: John Reynell Wreford (1837)
music: various tunes; one I am familiar with: Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1908)

1 When my love to Christ grows weak,
When for deeper faith I seek,
Then in thought I go to thee,
Garden of Gethsemane.

2 When my love for man grows weak,
When for stronger faith I seek,
Hill of Calvary, I go
To the scenes of fear and woe.

3 There behold His agony,
Suffered on the bitter tree;
See His anguish, see His faith,
Love triumphant still in death.

4 Then to life I turn again,
Learning all the worth of pain,
Learning all the might that lies
In a full self-sacrifice.

I Sing the Mighty Power of God ~ hymn

We Sing The Mighty Power of God

Singing praises to God lifts my spirits. Songs like this bring even more joy for me – singing of the power the God displays throughout His creation. From the sun to the moon and stars, giving food and creating animals, the landscape, the vegetation – all come from God. This hymn is an acknowledging to God of His hand in every little thing on this earth.

“There’s not a plant or flower below but makes Thy glories known.”

Reminds me of the verses in God’s word that reminds us that everything on heaven and earth will proclaim God, even the rocks will call out His name.

Isaiah 55:12

For you shall go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
    shall break forth into singing,
    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.


Revelation 5:13

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

Luke 19:40

He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”


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I Sing The Mighty Power of God

lyrics: Isaac Watts (1715)
music: Gesangbuch der Herogl, Wurttemberg (1784)

1 We sing the mighty power of God
that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad
and built the lofty skies.
We sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day;
the moon shines full at his command,
and all the stars obey.

2 We sing the goodness of the Lord
that filled the earth with food;
he formed the creatures with his word
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how your wonders are displayed,
where’er we turn our eyes,
if we survey the ground we tread
or gaze upon the skies.

3 There’s not a plant or flower below
but makes your glories known,
and clouds arise and tempests blow
by order from your throne;
while all that borrows life from you
is ever in your care,
and everywhere that we can be,
you, God, are present there.

Come, Thou Almighty King ~ hymn

Something I find inspirational is all the different titles that Jesus is given in the Bible. This song echos many of those titles for God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Almighty King

Incarnate Word



Ancient of Days

Spirit of Holiness

Spirit of Power

One in Three

sov’reign majesty

The first three verses each are focused on one of the parts of the Trinity. The fourth verse brings them all together as the whole that they are, complete separate and together.

Just a few of the names of the king over us but what a wonderful reminder of whose we are, the one who created us, and the thanks we should have for our creator. We should sing of his praises forever and this song is happy, joyful, praising the Father and the Son. And, as it closes,

And to eternity – Love and adore.

That is my hope. That you will know your savior, that you will love and adore Him for all eternity, following his will and his commands, that we might meet in heaven one day.

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Come Thou Almighty King

Come, Thou Almighty King

lyrics: source unknown (1757)
music: Felice de Giardinin (1716-1796)

(You can listen to it at Great Song Chapel. This singing does not include verse 3 and the last verse has a few words different.)

  1. Come, Thou Almighty King,
    Help us They name to sing,
    Help us to praise:
    Father, all glorious,
    O’er all victorious,
    Come and reign over us,
    Ancient of Days.
  2. Come, Thou Incarnate Word,
    Gird on Thy mighty sword,
    Our prayer attend:
    Come and Thy people bless,
    And give Thy word success –
    Spirit of holiness,
    On us descend.
  3. Come, Holy Comforter,
    Thy sacred witness bear
    In this glad hour:
    Thou who almighty art,
    Now rule in ev’ry heart,
    And ne’er from us depart,
    Spirit of pow’r.
  4. To the great One in Three
    Eternal praises be,
    Hence evermore:
    His sov-reign majesty
    May we in glory see
    And to eternity
    Love and adore.

Nearer, Still Nearer ~ hymn

A very sweet, kind lady, a sister in Christ, passed away this week. Her presence and her influence will be greatly missed. In honor of her, I am sharing one of the songs we sung while we spent time remembering her on Friday. May God bless you today.

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Nearer Still Nearer
Nearer, Still Nearer

lyrics & music: Leila N. Morris (1898)

1 Nearer, still nearer, close to thy heart,
draw me, my Savior, so precious thou art.
Fold me, O fold me close to thy breast;
shelter me safe in that haven of rest,
shelter me safe in that haven of rest.

2 Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring,
naught as an offering to Jesus my King –
only my sinful, now contrite heart;
grant me the cleansing thy blood doth impart,
grant me the cleansing thy blood doth impart.

3 Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be thine,
sin, with its follies, I gladly resign,
all of its pleasures, pomp and its pride,
give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified,
give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified.

4 Nearer, still nearer, while life shall last,
till safe in glory my anchor is cast;
through endless ages, ever to be
nearer, my Savior, still nearer to thee,
nearer, my Savior, still nearer to thee.


Fairest Lord Jesus ~ hymn

Calming, beautiful, peaceful – these are all emotions that come with this hymn when I think of, hear, or sing it. This is a gentle hymn that brings us to the basics of our relationship with God.

The second phrase says “ruler of all nature.” That is who Jesus is – the ruler of all. Not just a portion. Not just a piece. But all. You and I are part of that all. When we recognize this, there is nothing to be done except to cherish and honor this ruler of all.

We see the meadows mentioned, the woodlands. These are lovely and beautiful but Jesus is fairer, purer. Even when they are covered with the beautiful, gorgeous colors of springtime. Jesus is more beautiful and we should recognize that. He offers us so much more than this world ever could. Jesus’ beauty is not in color or something physical we can touch. It is in the beauty of the freedom we have from sin when we are in Him.

Even the sunshine and moonlight, which are mentioned in Genesis as being placed in the heavens by God to rule over the day and the night, are not as bright or as pure as Jesus. No matter what has been created, Jesus is the fairest, the most beautiful, the brighter, and the most pure of all.

Of All Nature. Nothing is above Jesus. And so we honor him. We cherish him. We share his love with others and wait until we are blessed to see him in heaven with the angels.

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Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus

text: anonymous (Germany), 1662
music: unknown

1 Fairest Lord Jesus,
ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish,
Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

2 Fair are the meadows,
fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

3 Fair is the sunshine,
fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.


Tell It To Jesus Alone ~ hymn

Tell It To Jesus Alone

When do you talk with Jesus? What do you tell him?

This one rang true with me. There are so many things these days that we tend to tell everyone but the one who really needs to hear them – Jesus. He is the one who can best help your downheartedness. Jesus can lift troubles or hold you up through them. Jesus can share his joy and peace and gladness. Jesus can remove that bitterness and jealousy from your heart.

In James 5:13 and following, we are told to go to Jesus, to pray, about the things in our lives, the good and the bad. God knows. But we are still told to pray. Matthew 7:11 tells us that God listens to those who ask him. We are to pray to the Father and he will give us good gifts. Matthew 6:32 reminds us that God knows what we need. The following verses remind us, though, to put the kingdom of God first and the rest will follow. So place your focus where it needs to be.

To get your focus right, what do you need to tell to Jesus? He is the one, the only one, who has every tool in the box to help you. Tell it to Jesus alone and let Him assist. No one else can do what He can. But he asks us to tell him. Not because he doesn’t already know but because it is a way for us to show our dependence on Him and our obedience to him. We obey because we love him and so we ask him, we tell him.

Tell it to Jesus alone.

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Tell It To Jesus Alone

lyrics: Jeremiah E. Rankin (1867)
music: E. S. Lorenz (1876)

1 Are you weary, are you heavyhearted?
Tell it to Jesus,
Tell it to Jesus;
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a friend that’s well-known;
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

2 Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus,
Tell it to Jesus;
Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.


3 Do you fear the gath’ring clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus,
Tell it to Jesus;
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.


4 Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
Tell it to Jesus,
Tell it to Jesus;
For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
Tell it to Jesus alone.


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