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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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Would you like to listen to the song?
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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.


The Great Redeemer – hymn

The Great Redeemer

Who is your Great Redeemer? This hymn has always been one that brings a joy, not the joy that makes you smile but more the joy that fills you with peace and hope. I remember well the puppet quartet that would perform this song during puppet time. It is a fond memory and helps me remember that hymns and puppets can make lasting impressions. They are seeds sown that others water and God makes grow.

Francis Foster is pretty well an unknown in hymn writing according to the research I did but if this particular piece is any indication, he was well acquainted with The Great Redeemer. What a joyful reminder that God is our redeemer. Jesus is a precious Friend who died for each of us. And it does make me wonder if I act in ways that show that He really is “everything to me.”

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The Great Redeemer

Lyrics: Francis Foster (1915)
Music: Samuel W. Beazley (1915, some reference this as 1943)

1 – How I love the great Redeemer
Who is doing so much for me;
With what joy I tell the story
Of the love that makes men free.
Till my earthly life is ended,
I will send songs above,
Then beside the crystal sea
More and more my soul shall be
Praising Jesus and His love. chorus

He is ev’rything to me, to me,
And ev’rything shall always be;
I will never cease to raise
A song of gladness in His praise;
Here, and in the world above,
My soul shall sing of saving love;
Life and light and joy is He,
The precious Friend who died for me.

2 – He has purchased my redemption,
Rolled my burden of sin away,
And is walking on beside me,
Growing dearer day by day.
That is why I sing His praises,
That is why joy is mine,
That is why forever more
On the everlasting shore
I shall sing of love divine. chorus

3 – Glory be to Him forever!
Endless praises to Christ the Lamb!
He has filled my life with sunshine,
He has made me what I am.
O that ev’ry one would know Him,
O that all would adore!
O that all would trust the love
OF the mighty Friend above
And be His forever more. chorus

Up From The Grave He Arose – hymn

Up From The Grave He Arose

This is the day that most of the world recognizes the resurrection of Jesus. That is wonderful. Without that resurrection, we would have no hope. We would still be living under the old covenant of animal sacrifices and the Old Testament law. As it is, because Jesus The Son chose to honor and obey the will of God The Father, we are able to live under a new covenant. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are washed clean. Our sins are removed.

But today is more than Easter. It is Sunday. It is the first day of the week. It is the day of the week that God instructs us to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on. We see the institution of meeting together on Sundays in Acts 20:7 and Jesus’ instructed the disciples in Luke 22:14-20 on eating the feast as a remembrance of Him. We see in I Corinthians 11:23-26 that Paul reminds the church to partake of this remembrance weekly when they come together.

We remember Jesus’ resurrection today, certainly. But more important is that we do it each Sunday when we come together to pray and worship the Lord. This is the example we are given in the New Testament. We are truly blessed by Jesus’ rising from the grave.

“Up From The Grave He Arose” is a song that I well remember from my childhood. It is a very visual portrayal of Jesus conquering death, vanquishing the penalty of my sin and death’s hold on me. Jesus cannot be kept by death and in His rising He bought me. What a triumph!!! Would you like to hear it sung? Please visit Great Songs Chapel.

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Up From The Grave He Arose

words & music: Robert Lowry (1874)

1 Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

2 Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! [Refrain]

3 Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! [Refrain]



I Want To Be A Worker For The Lord – hymn

I Want To Be A Worker For The Lord

This hymn challenges me. If I am singing the words, I should really mean them, right? Well, let’s look at the words of this one.

I Want To Be A Worker For The Lord

words & music: I. Baltzell (1880)

1. I want to be a worker for the Lord,
I want to love and trust His holy Word,
I want to sing and pray,
Be busy every day
In the vineyard of the Lord.

I will work, I will pray,
In the vineyard, in the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray.
I will labor every day, in the vineyard of the Lord.

2. I want to be a worker every day,
I want to lead the erring in the way
That leads to Heav’n above,
Where all is peace and love,
In the vineyard of the Lord. [Refrain]

3. I want to be a worker strong and brave,
I want to trust in Jesus’ pow’r to save;
All who will truly come
Shall find a happy home
In the vineyard of the Lord. [Refrain]

4. I want to be a worker; help me, Lord,
To lead the lost and erring to Thy Word,
That points to joys on high
Where pleasures never die,
In the vineyard of the Lord. [Refrain]


When I read through these lyrics, I think “yes, I want to do these things. I really do.” But truthfully, I am not bold enough. So, I am working on that. I have been praying that I can be bolder, to know HOW to do so. That is one reason I am so excited about the MOnday night Bible study we are participating in. The study is working through a series that can be used to teach others in a one-on-one setting.

What a wonderful thing to be learning and what a good challenge for me, so that I can truly be a “worker for the Lord.”

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We Have An Anchor – hymn

We Have An Anchor

There is something about hymns that place us as sailors in life that just touch a chord in us, isn’t there? We can all relate to storm-tossed seas and hardships that cause us to feel lost upon a great ocean. I think that is why these images are so clear to me, even having grown up in a land-locked, extremely dry (technically desert) place.

There are times when life is beating us down as if it were a storm. But God is there, our anchor in that storm. He is holding us fast with strong chords. He is our anchor. Don’t untie that rope that connects you to Him. He will hold you up, strong and secure through those times in life where there is just no light appearing through the storms. He has you and will show you that light at just the right moment for you.

We Have An Anchor. Hold fast to that.

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We Have An Anchor

words: Priscilla J. Owens, 1882
music: William J. Kirkpatrick


Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables, passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy that blast, thro’ strength divine.


It will surely hold in the Straits of Fear—
When the breakers have told that the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.


It will firmly hold in the Floods of Death—-
When the waters cold chill our latest breath,
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the Veil.


When our eyes behold through the gath’ring night
The city of gold, our harbor bright,
We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore,
With the storms all past forevermore.



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