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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
September 17 HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOR!Words and Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1838–1876He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering … He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. (Isaiah 53:3)A life of praise is not something that can be worked up. Rather, it is a remembrance andContinue reading “Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories”
September 16 HIS MATCHLESS WORTHSamuel Medley, 1738–1799Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. (Psalm 73:25)The distinctiveness of the Christian faith is that it focuses all of its teachings and emphasis on a single person, Jesus Christ—the God-man. All that we really know about our heavenly Father isContinue reading “Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories”
September 15 HOW SWEET THE NAME OF JESUS SOUNDSJohn Newton, 1725–1807Unto you therefore which believe He is precious. (1 Peter 2:7 KJV)One of the important activities we need for our spiritual growth and maturity is to spend time daily in quiet meditation and communion with our Lord. Although Bible reading and prayer are absolutely necessary,Continue reading “Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories”
September 14 OUR GREAT SAVIORJ. Wilbur Chapman, 1859–1918Our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:13, 14)To the artist, Christ is the one altogether lovely.To theContinue reading “Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories”
September 13 ALL HAIL THE POWEREdward Perronet, 1726–1792Altered by John Rippon, 1751–1836You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being. (Revelation 4:11)Sometimes called the “National Anthem of Christendom,” this is one of the trulyContinue reading “Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories”
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