Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs to Help You Worship at Home
This weekend it’s Palm Sunday and the hymns we were planning to sing in Buckna reflect the fact that it’s an important day in the church calendar.
One of the things we had planned for this period was to sing ‘Songs of Approach’ on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. The idea behind ‘Songs of Approach’ was that we would prepare our hearts to worship God by singing His praise.
Here’s the list of hymns we should have been singing together as a church family this weekend:
Songs of Approach:
Jesus Christ, I Think Upon Your Sacrifice
On the Cross
Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning
Make Way, Make Way
Children’s: Hosanna, Hosanna
Saviour of the World
When I Survey
Hymn of the Weekend
As well as including ‘Songs of Approach’ in our morning services, we had also planned to learn this beautiful piece by CityAlight. It’s from their first album so is slightly older (2014) but it’s a hymn about the experience of the Lord Jesus in the final days of His life. It would be well worth a listen as you consider the final days of His life this week.
One Hymn Explained
When I Survey
Following on from last week’s inaugural post, we have another classic hymn to unpack this week. When I Survey was written by Isaac Watts in 1707. 313 years later and it is still a classic.
The first verse speaks about what the Lord Jesus has done on our behalf. He was the Prince of Glory but died so that we might gain. The hymn is entirely God focused in that it constantly moves our thoughts from ourselves to what He has done for us. We have nothing to boast about because we haven’t saved ourselves.
The final verse is a call to service and could be seen as a prayer of rededication. Given that Jesus has died for us and that His love is so amazing and so divine He “demands my soul, my life, my all.” No sacrifice is too great for Him.
Over the weekend, take some time to meditate on the truths of this hymn. A fruitful exercise would be to take a note of the themes of the hymn and then to find Scriptural references to match them.
One Final Treat…
There are lots of great resources out there at the minute for our boys and girls (make sure you check out Gavin’s Sunday School videos!). The Gospel Coalition have produced a playlist called Upbeat Songs For Quarantined Kids. There are 31 songs on it so you could learn one day with your children.