Next to reading the Bible, singing—to and about the Lord—has probably been the activity that has produced the greatest encouragement in my Christian walk.
Many of the choruses that we sing today are meaningful expressions of love and devotion to the Lord. But if we limit our diet to those choruses, I believe we are missing out on a precious treasure God has given to the church.
Many of the hymns and spiritual songs written throughout the history of the church are rich in theology; they communicate God’s nature and redemptive plan with a depth that is not commonly found in the most popular choruses and songs of our day.
It may take more thought and effort to sing “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” or “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” than to sing some of our contemporary choruses, but the long-term payoff of disciplining our minds to think (and sing) great thoughts about God is well worth the effort! I encourage you to familiarize yourself with these “classic hymns,” and use them to praise our Most Awesome God.
~Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
My Favorite Hymns
(The PDF version also contains the lyrics.)
- "The God of Abraham Praise"
- "There is a Fountain Filled with Blood"
- "When Morning Gilds the Skies"
- "Beneath the Cross of Jesus"
- "How Firm a Foundation"
- "Man of Sorrows What a Name"
- "Like a River Glorious"
- "Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners"
- "Be Thou My Vision"
- "And Can it be That I Should Gain"
- "Jesus, I am Resting, Resting"
- "Join All the Glorious Names"
- "O for a Heart to Praise My God"
- "Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned"
- "O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go"
- "Jesus the Very Thought of Thee"
- "Jesus Lover of My Soul"
- "Rock of Ages"
- "O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus"
- "Take My Life and Let It Be"
- "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds"
- "Be Still My Soul"
- "A Charge to Keep I Have"
- "May the Mind of Christ My Savior"
- "Praise the Savior Ye Who Know Him"
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