Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs to Help You Worship at Home
Here are the hymns we were planning to sing in Buckna this weekend.
Will Your Anchor Hold
When I Was Lost
Wide and Long and High and Deep
Jesus, Your Name
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)
You’re the Lion of Judah
Our God is an Awesome God
There is a Redeemer
Offering: O Church Arise (Shine)
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Lord I Need You
Hymn of the Weekend
May the Peoples Praise You, Keith and Kristyn Getty
This is a more recent hymn written by the Gettys. It’s based on verses in 1 Peter which speak about God rescuing us and bringing us into His marvellous light. We’re going to include a recording of this hymn in our service on Sunday.
One Hymn Explained
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah
This weekend we’re thinking about another classic hymn – Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah. This hymn is as much a national hymn of Wales as Abide With me is of England. William Williams, the author, is considered by some to be the father of Welsh hymnody.
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah is informally known as the Welsh rugby hymn because it is often sung by crowds at Welsh international rugby matches. This hymn is usually sung to the Welsh tune Cwm Rhondda which was composed by John Hughes. It has been sung at the royal weddings of the Prince of Wales’ family and it was sung at Princess Diana’s funeral. Welsh coal miners have sung it while going down to the mines. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the great Bible preacher, considered the author the best hymn writer ever.
The hymn is built entirely around Biblical material and focused in particular on the story of Exodus and the forty year wandering in the wilderness. There are allusions to manna (the bread from heaven), the pillar of fire that guided the Israelites by night and the pillar of cloud that led them by the day, the water that flowed from a rock, the crossing of the Jordan River and entry into the promised land of Canaan.
The allusions are changed however to apply to the universal journey and pilgrimage through life. The mention of bread of heaven points us to the true bread from heaven, the Lord Jesus. The final verse beautifully and poetically reminds us of what Jesus has done through His finished work:
Death of death, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Williams was a Calvinistic Methodist and it’s likely that he borrowed the line, “death of death,” from John Owen’s classic work The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. The whole hymn focuses on our weakness and on God’s strength. We’re told that He is the great Jehovah, the bread of heaven, the strong deliverer, our strength and shield and the One who causes the death of death and hell’s destruction.
As the final lines of the hymn remind us, these truths should bring us to sing songs of praises to the Lord. We’re going to include a recording of this hymn in our service on Sunday.
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.