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I Stand Amazed ~ hymn

How marvelous, how wonderful!

photo credit: Miss J, taken from our church parking area

What do you think of when you think of the word wonderful? Marvelous? Amazing?

Each of these words seems to be something of the “best”, something that is hard to find the equal of. We talk of many things being wonderful, don’t we? Perhaps a fun activity? Or a really good dinner, maybe. Maybe it was the movie or play or time spend with one of our favorite people.

What about marvelous? Do many people use this word to describe the activities they do. Same with the word amazing. “That movie was amazing!” “What a marvelous movie that was!”

But, really, shouldn’t we reserve those words for things that are really and truly much better than the norm or the average? Should not those words be used to describe the things that are truly better than everything else?

The refrain of this hymn uses these words –

How marvelous! How wonderful!
  And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
    Is my Savior’s love for me!

We see the true use of these strong words here – describing the love of God, the love that is so strong, so unbreakable that He sent Jesus to go through unimaginable things because of His LOVE. You guys, His LOVE!

This is what is marvelous.

This is what is wonderful.

My Savior’s love is all this and so much more!

We are blessed, aren’t we?

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

You can listen to this song on In Search of the Lord’s Way. Just scroll down to the I’s and click on the play arrow next to the song title “I Stand Amazed.”

I Stand Amazed

words and music: Charles H. Gabriel (1905)

1 I stand amazed in the presence
of Jesus, the Nazarene,
and wonder how he could love me,
a sinner, condemned, unclean.

Refrain:
How marvelous, how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous, how wonderful
is my Savior’s love for me!

2 He took my sins and my sorrows;
he made them his very own;
he bore the burden to Calvary
and suffered and died alone. [Refrain]

3 When with the ransomed in glory
his face I at last shall see,
’twill be my joy through the ages
to sing of his love for me. [Refrain]

‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus ~ hymn

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! How I've proved him o'er and o'er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust him more!

Trust – have you ever pondered what trust fully means?

As a noun – firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something

As a verb – believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of

Now let’s look at the application of that to Christianity.

Bible verses (NKJV):

Psalm 4:5
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the LORD.

Psalm 25:5
O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph over me.

Nah 1:7
The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.

2 Cor 3:4
And we have such trust through Christ toward God.

1 Tim 4:10
For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

I Tim 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

When looking at all of these together, I see this theme that pulls me and wraps me in a peace. You see, the definition reminds me that my belief in the truth and strength and ability of God will see me through. The Bible verses are what the embodiment of that and the example of the truth and strength and ability of God working in the lives of His people. I see these and am comforted and strengthened, knowing God is able to be trusted. He is able to do anything which means I can relax.

That is what came to mind when I started thinking of the hymn to post for today – trust. And I can trust in God and His Son, Jesus. That leaves my life at peace.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

You can listen to this hymn at Great Songs Chapel  or at In Search of The Lord’s Way by click on the arrow next to the song’s title.

‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

lyrics: Louisa M.R. Stead
music: William J. Kirkpatrick

1 ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
and to take him at his word;
just to rest upon his promise,
and to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust him more!

2 O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
just to trust his cleansing blood;
and in simple faith to plunge me
neath the healing, cleansing flood! [Refrain]

3 Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
just from sin and self to cease;
just from Jesus simply taking
life and rest, and joy and peace. [Refrain]

4 I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou are with me,
Wilt be with me to the end. [Refrain]

 

Faith ~ hymn/song

Hebrews 11-6

Today’s song is one that has just been running through my head for weeks now. We taught it to our girls long ago and At Home Dad has known it since he was a child. This song is found on a CD (used to be a record!) of The Music Machine. Published by Agapeland Music, we have played this over and over for the girls since they were tiny. They have always enjoyed the songs about the Fruit of the Spirit and this is one that has just really stuck.

It is based on Hebrews 11:6 –

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

It is actually almost word for word, depending on the translation you are looking at. It doesn’t quite line up with the NIV (above) and is not quite the same as the KJV. Either way, it is a wonderful song for helping get this verse into our minds.

Enjoy the verse! And you can check out the rest of the Music Machine songs. Maybe one will fit a verse you are trying to learn or just be something your children enjoy listening to.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

 

 

Thou, My Everlasting Portion ~ hymn

Thou my everlasting portion

What will life be like here on this earth? There are plenty of hints and ideas given in scripture and they are succinctly included in this hymn. Our life her is likely to be tough since we are to be pilgrims or strangers or aliens (take your pick of translations). It is going to be full of trials, as we can read about how to handle in James.

Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1: 2-4, ESV)

The valley of shadow, as mentioned here, could be any number of things, couldn’t it? Each of us will face our own version of it over our life at some point. One of my youngest daughter’s favorite passages is Psalm 23, which does include a passage about a shadowy valley. But look at the end.

“Then the gate of life eternal 
May I enter, Lord, with thee.”

Isn’t that a beautiful image? Entering the gate of heaven where life eternal leads with Jesus. Our Lord desires for us to do just that – enter eternal life with Him. And He is every faithful, every true. He does not leave us. He is always there so that, when life on this earth is over, we can enter that gate of life eternal with Him.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Hear this hymn sung at Great Songs Chapel.

Thou, My Everlasting Portion

lyrics: Fanny Crosby, 1874
music: Silas J Vail, 1874

1 Thou my everlasting portion,
More than friend or life to me.
All along my pilgrim journey,
Savior, let me walk with thee.
Close to thee, Close to thee,
Close to thee, Close to thee;
All along my pilgrim journey,
Savior, let me walk with thee.

2 Not for ease or worldly pleasure,
Nor for fame my prayer shall be:
Gladly will I toil and suffer,
Only let me walk with thee.
Close to thee, Close to thee,
Close to thee, Close to thee;
Gladly will I toil and suffer,
Only let me walk with thee.

3 Lead me through the vale of shadows,
Bear me o’er life’s fitful sea;
Then the gate of life eternal
May I enter, Lord, with thee.
Close to thee, Close to thee,
Close to thee, Close to thee;
Then the gate of life eternal
May I enter, Lord, with thee.

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind ~ hymn

The history that I find of this hymns is really quite strange. It is part of a much larger poem that tells of a drug-induced state for a pagan ritual and then the closing of the poem is what has been extracted for this hymn. (source: History of Hymns) The truth of that seems likely since it is found on several sites. I find that quite interesting and see such a connection to the current day. Maybe not in drug induced states but definitely in finding things other than God to focus on. When I am focusing on things other than God – be it writing, or schooling, or homemaking, or whatever – I am lacking the purer life mentioned in the first stanza.

I find this a calming hymn. It recognizes my lack. I need the forgiveness God offers. I need to be reclothed. I need to be seeking ways to serve and praise Him. The final stanza gives more ways I should seek to be like Him – quietness, peace, and an ordered life. Through Him, we have a beauty that can only be found through His peace.

Longing for a peaceful hymn that is reflective of what I need, this fits the bill. You can hear it sung on the Great Songs Chapel site or at In Search of the Lord’s Way.

May you find the best way to follow the Lord, seeking His way.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways; reclothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find, in.png

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

lyrics: John Whittier Greenleaf (1872)
music: Frederick C Maker (1887)

1 Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard
beside the Syrian sea
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.

3 O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

4 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

 

 

 

All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name ~ hymn

All Hail The Power of Jesus' Name

Hymns that proclaim Jesus and His majesty are some of my favorites. Maybe that is why this is one that will run through my head often. It doesn’t take much for this hymn to be called up and me to start humming it.

The lyrics of this hymn call to mind power, majesty, royalty, salvation, and eternal life in heaven for those who have followed the Bible. God has called His people to follow Him, to do what He gave us to do, to serve Him, and to praise Him. In doing so, we are examples proclaiming Jesus’ name to the world around us.

As you walk through each day this week, in a week where many will proclaim freedom in the US, stand tall and proclaim freedom through Christ. That is where our real freedom is found – freedom from the things of this world, freedom from worry, freedom from sin and the condemnation it brings. All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name – no other name causes trembling in those who are not in His church, following His will and way.

All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name – stand up and proclaim your freedom in Jesus’ Name.

And have a lovely 4th of July.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

You can listen to it being sung by visiting In Search of the Lord’s Way. It is listed in the A’s and the melody I know is the one that has (Coronation) beside it. Just click the arrow to the left to listen to this hymn.

All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name

lyrics: Edward Peronet (1799)
music: Oliver Holden (1793)

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
ye ransomed from the Fall,
hail Him who saves you by His grace,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Let every kindred, every tribe
on this terrestrial ball,
to Him all majesty ascribe,
and crown Him Lord of all.
To Him all majesty ascribe,
and crown Him Lord of all.

O that with yonder sacred throng
we at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
and crown Him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Live For Jesus, O My Brother ~ hymn

Hymns can do a number of different things for the singer or the listener. They all seem to do one thing the same, though – exhortation. Whether it be an exhortation of warning or one of encouragement, it seems like almost of all hymns have this element. Sometimes, the exhortation is both warning and encouragement. This hymn does a bit of both.

Encouragement to live the way God calls His children to live is found throughout each of the verses and the refrain. There are specific actions mentioned – “Render not to any other what long the Lord’s should be,” or “Give Him all thou hast to give.” But there are some not so specific ones also – “Live for Jesus.”

However this encouragement is looked at, please do “live for Jesus” and we will have the blessings that He offers those following Him – “endless bliss” according to the lyrics of this hymn.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Live For Jesus

Live For Jesus, O My Brother

words: E. R. Latta
music: Frank M Davis

1. Live for Jesus, O my brother,
His disciple ever be;
Render not to any other,
What alone the Lord’s should be.

Refrain
Live for Jesus, live for Jesus;
Give Him all thou hast to give;
On the cross the world’s Redeemer
Gave His life that Thou mightst live.

2. Live for Jesus, wandering sinner,
Under Satan serve no more;
Of the promised prize a winner
Thou may’st be, when life is o’er. [Refrain]

3. Live for Jesus in life’s morning;
At the noontide hour be His;
And at eve, when day is turning,
And inherit endless bliss. [Refrain]

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