Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories

September 22 MAJESTIC SWEETNESS SITS ENTHRONEDSamuel Stennett, 1727–1795But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9)The dominant theme of the beautifully expressed text in this hymn,Continue reading “Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories”

Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories

September 21 MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEERay Palmer, 1808–1887In whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in Him. (Ephesians 3:12 RSV)“My Faith Looks Up to Thee” was written in 1832 by Ray Palmer, a 22-year-old school teacher. Several months after his graduation from Yale University and while still living withContinue reading “Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories”

Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories

September 20 JESUS, THE VERY THOUGHT OF THEEAttributed to Bernard of Clairvaux, 1091–1153English Translation—Edward Caswall, 1814–1876As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. (Psalm 42:1, 2)This hymn text comes from the height of the Middle Ages, a periodContinue reading “Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories”

Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories

September 19 ASK YE WHAT GREAT THING I KNOWJohann C. Schwedler, 1672–1730Translated by Benjamin H. Kennedy, 1804–1889For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2)A question that many struggle with today is “What is the real purpose of living?” Or, “What is the ultimateContinue reading “Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories”

Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories

September 18 NEAR TO THE HEART OF GODWords and Music by Cleland B. McAfee, 1866–1944When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy. (Psalm 94:19)O Thou who dry’st the mourner’s tears! How dark this world would be,If, when deceived and wounded here, we could not fly to Thee.—Thomas MooreLife is often filled with unexpectedContinue reading “Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories”

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