The History and Meaning of Our Hymns

Hymn stories enrich our singing as Christians. Our hymns are fundamentally poetry, a lyrical blending of devotion and doctrine. At times they capture profound truths with colourful imagery or a neat turn of phrase. When the words are set to an appropriate and singable tune they have the ability to stick in the memory, refreshing the soul again and again.

Most hymns that have stood the test of time have such qualities. They are part of our Christian heritage, worthy of further study and meditation. Reflecting upon them can bring new insight concerning our life and service for Christ. It can also broaden our spiritual vocabulary, giving us fresh ways to commune with God, and share with one another.

ANOTHER LINK TO CHECK! the Cyber Hymnal, as it is called, offers thousands of Christian hymns and gospel songs, gives you the words to all the verses, plays the tune for you, and provides pictures of authors and composers, with other background information. The biggest and best site of its kind on the Internet. Highly recommended!

YET ANOTHER LINK TO CHECK! Tinfoil.com presents for sale at a reasonable price “Hymns and Sacred Songs,” 28 recordings of hymns made in the early 1900's, and a historic collection called “There’ll Be No Dark Valley,” 7 solo numbers by Ira D. Sankey, the soloist who worked with evangelist Dwight L. Moody. (These latter recordings were made between 1898 and 1900.) If you want to know what gospel music sounded like over a century ago, order one or both of these fine CD reproductions. The sound quality is amazing, considering the primitive equipment that was used!

SOMETHING UNIQUE! Wordwise now has a Blog devoted to the history and meaning of our hymns. It includes a unique feature called ON THIS DAY, with things about hymns that happened on today's date. There are other articles and features as well. Check it out at Wordwise Hymns.

Gold out of the Furnace

First English Hymn

Canadian Hymns

Barroom Tunes for Our Hymns?

The New Song

A Charge to Keep I Have

A Mighty Fortress

A Passion for Souls

Caedmon's Hymn

Count Your Blessings

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Eternal Father, Strong to Save

From Greenland's Icy Mountains

Have You Any Room for Jesus?

How Great Thou Art

I Gave My Life for Thee

In the Garden

Is My Name Written There?

Jesus Calls Us

Jesus Paid It All

Lo, He Comes

Look to the Lamb of God

Lord, Speak to Me

My God, How Wonderful Thou Art

O That Will Be Glory

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Standing on the Promises

Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

Take Time to Be Holy

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

What If It Were Today?

Wounded for Me

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