Music is an incredible gift from God. I don’t think anyone would disagree with me on that. There are many times in my life when music has gotten me through tough times. As a family and part of our home education, we’ve focused on hymns over the past few years. Hymns are something I didn’t think highly of at first, because honestly, they’re old. As we sing them as a family, though, these “worship songs of old” speak to my heart. The Lord carried me through the past couple of years through the biblical truths in these songs, and I hope the Lord will use them to strengthen your faith, too.
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning, new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me
This hymn is our family’s anthem. We sing it because we know the faithfulness of the Lord, and we sing it because it’s part of Titus’s story. Take a moment to be still and know that there is no shadow of turning with Him.
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
When darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand; All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
Worship songs and hymns about our hope in Christ are plenty. Perhaps it means we need a lot of reminders that our hope should be in Christ, not what man can do.
O Love that Will Not Let Me Go
O love that will not let me go
I rest my weary soul in thee
I give thee back the life I owe
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be
My aunt shared this song with me when Titus was in the hospital. A few years later, we made hymns a part of our home school, and this hymn came up. It’s beautiful, especially if you are walking through difficult times right now. This hymn came to my mind again last October and November, when we received the news of a cancer diagnosis in the extended family.
(Really, this song is so meaningful. I really want to share the whole thing, but you’ll have to go listen for yourself!)
How Firm a Foundation
When through the deep waters I call you to go
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow
For I will be with you, your troubles to bless
And sanctify to you your deepest distress
I’m sensing a theme here with hymns about hope. It’s just another reminder of our need for the hope we have in Christ. We know the truths from the Bible in these verses. We also know that God will really be with us, and the trials we face are for our good.
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand
On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand,
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie.
No matter what we go through as followers of Christ, we look forward to the eternal life that waits for us in Heaven. I look forward to the day when “sickness, sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more.”
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