Hump Day Hymns: Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Today, I am offering just a hymn text.  No reflection, no commentary. Just the simple, beautiful hymn text speaking for itself. * * * Jesus, Lover of my soul, Let me to Thy bosom fly While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still is high. Hide me, O my savior, hide, Till the stormContinue reading “Hump Day Hymns: Jesus, Lover of My Soul”

Hump Day Hymns: With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh

With broken heart and contrite sigh, A trembling sinner, Lord, I cry. Thy pard’ning grace is rich and free — O God, be merciful to me! I smite upon my troubled breast, With deep and conscious guilt oprest; Christ and His Cross my only plea — O God, be merciful to me! Far off IContinue reading “Hump Day Hymns: With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh”

Hump Day Hymns: Abide with Me

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide! When other helpers fail, and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away; Change and decay in all around I see. OContinue reading “Hump Day Hymns: Abide with Me”

Hump-Day Hymns: For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest

For all the saints who from their labors rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia! Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might; Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight; Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light. Alleluia! Alleluia! OContinue reading “Hump-Day Hymns: For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest”

Hump-Day Hymns: Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face

Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face; Here would I touch and handle things unseen, Here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace, And all my weariness upon Thee lean. Here would I feed upon the bread of God, Here drink with Thee the royal wine of heaven; Here would I lay asideContinue reading “Hump-Day Hymns: Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face”

Hump-Day Hymns: Be Still, My Soul

I have previously stated that there are three main directions of hymns: us speaking to God, God speaking to us, and us speaking to each other about God.  This hymn falls into a completely different category: us speaking to ourselves about God.  The nature of this hymn makes it perfect for one to carry thisContinue reading “Hump-Day Hymns: Be Still, My Soul”

Hump-Day Hymns: Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Today was my first day after I have returned from our annual meeting of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America, the highest assembly in our denomination. At this meeting, there was much talk of unity and division, of agreement and disagreement.  We spoke of why we are united, or why unity isContinue reading “Hump-Day Hymns: Blest Be the Tie That Binds”

Hump-Day Hymns: The Doxology

I am not completely sure if The Doxology qualifies as a “hymn,” but at the risk of drifting away from hymns, this will be the point of discussion for this week’s Hump-Day Hymns. Typically relegated to the category of “Service Music” in hymnals, there is something profound that this very simple song speaks to us.Continue reading “Hump-Day Hymns: The Doxology”

Hump-Day Hymns: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

The words in hymns are directed in three major ways: first, the words could be God speaking to us, us speaking to God, or us speaking to each other about God.  This hymn falls in the latter category.  When a congregation sings this hymn, they sing to one another and tell others about our experiencesContinue reading “Hump-Day Hymns: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”