Here are five of my favorite classic hymns that I never grow tired of hearing over and over again. Which are your favorites?
This is the most popular hymn of all time and sang at more funerals than any other hymn, and it is no wonder, because God’s grace is incredibly amazing. This hymn gives us hope for our eternal home that is surely coming. We were all once lost. We were all once blind. Then we were found and made to see by God’s Spirit. He will bring us through the many toils and dangers and bring us safely home someday. This is the sweetest sound, that a wretch like me was saved.
Nothing but the Blood
Written by Robert Lowry, this powerful hymn is all about Him and how we are saved with biblically sound words, such as, “What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus,” and, “Oh! precious is the flow that makes me white as snow, no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.” This traditional hymn straight out of the hymn book is amazing, but it’s also been sung in as many contemporary veins that you can imagine.
The Old Rugged Cross
Today we are surrounded by shiny, brass crosses or smooth, sanded wooden crosses, but the historical fact is that the cross was never a polished, finished work of wood. It was roughly hewn splintered timber. They never wore a cross in that day, for it was a sign of shame. Today it would be like people wearing an electric chair or a syringe where lethal injections are given around their necks. I’m not saying it’s wrong to wear a cross, but the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” gives us a vivid image of such a horrible instrument of death upon which Jesus died for those who’ve repented and trusted in Him. I never tire of hearing the precious words of this hymn.
How Great Thou Art
Written by Carl Boberg in the 1800s, this song has been time tested and well received by nearly every denomination in the nation. It lifts up and elevates the name of God and focuses on the glory of God, and that’s always a biblical concept. We do stand in awesome wonder at all the stars He made. “When I think, That God, His Son not sparing; Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; That on the Cross. My burden gladly bearing, He bled and died. To take away my sin.” Never were more truer words ever sung!
There’s Power in the Blood
This is among my favorites for sure. I love to share the Gospel with people. During the Red Cross blood drives, while donating blood, I tell them that there’s power in the blood to save lives, but even more, there’s power in the blood to take away sins and save lives for eternity. Truly, if you want to be “free from your burden of sin? There’s power in the blood, power in the blood,” and it is the “wonder-working power [of] the blood of the Lamb.”
Today we have the Bible, and it too is a “Him book,” as it’s all about Him, Christ our Savior, Who died for us who were unworthy so that, as 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” So when we worship Christ in song, it should always be about Him!
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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