Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs to Help You Worship at Home
This week’s playlist is something of a Chris Tomlin overload. Although his success was mainly in the 2000s, he still remains one of the most popular Christian artists. I’ve been listening to his modern take on Crown Him With Many Crowns recently – it’s one of those songs you can listen to on repeat without ever getting sick of it.
I’ve also included a children’s hymn, All Through History. We’ve tried (unsuccessfully to be honest) to learn this in church. It’s a really catchy song and it’ll end up in your head all day having played it (sorry, not sorry!).
God of Angel Armies
Mighty to Save
Crown Him (Majesty)
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
All Through History
Hymn of the Weekend
Lord From Sorrows Deep I Call
This is a beautiful, reflective hymn produced by the Gettys, Matt Papa and Matt Boswell. It’s based on Psalm 42 which you should read in advance of our online service on Sunday. I’m going to explain the connections between the hymn and the Psalm and the meaning of the Psalm itself at the beginning of the service.
One Hymn Explained
Holy, Holy, Holy
This explanation is coming a week later than it perhaps should have. You’ll remember that this hymn opened our online service on Sunday past. Anyway, Holy, Holy, Holy was written by Reginald Heber who lived between 1783 and 1826. He was an Anglican minister and composed the hymn for Trinity Sunday.
This is quite possibly one of the most important and significant hymns used by the Christian church. It belongs to a very elite circle of hymns that are all included in nearly every English-language hymnbook.
Heber’s hymn piles up adjectives, nouns and verbs in patterns of two and three which creates an effect of irrepressible energy. A good example is “perfect in power, in love, and purity.” The dominant tone of the hymn is exaltation. The dominant themes, meanwhile, are God’s holiness, His existence in Trinity and His attributes (such as mercy, might and purity).
The triumph of this hymn is that it sweeps us up and makes us participants in the very praise that the universe is already giving to God on earth and in heaven. Simply put, it’s one of the best hymns you can sing with your church family.
It’s almost certainly based on the following words from Revelation 4:8, 10-11:
And the four living creatures…never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
The twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
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.