Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs to Help You Worship at Home
This edition of Weekend Playlist will be the final one for the summer as next week is our Online HBC week. Thank you for reading and listening to Weekend Playlist over the past number of months. I hope that it has been a useful resource for you to worship God. It has been produced to provide you with an alternative to congregational singing but to be honest, nothing compares with to a church family singing together.
Below are some hymns that we’ll be listening to and singing along with in our online services in the next two weeks. Our Hymn of the Weekend and One Hymn Explained sum up the heart of this blog – that the Lord would receive all the glory and praise.
Over All the Earth
He Will Hold Me Fast
Praise is Rising
All the Ends of the Earth
Christ Be All Around Me
Hymn of the Weekend
All Glory Be to Christ
This hymn was featured last weekend as well. It’s a hymn based on the tune of Auld Lang Syne. We have sung this hymn as a church family on the final Sunday of the year. Instead of singing Auld Lang Syne as the world does, we sing All Glory Be to Christ. Kings Kaleidoscope are also worth checking out if you’re looking for a new and different Christian group to listen to.
One Hymn Explained
To God Be the Glory
The author of this hymn was Fanny J. Crosby. She was born near New York City and came from a strongly Puritan family background. She was blind from the age of six until her death at the age of 95. She wrote more than eight thousand hymns, as well as a thousand poems on other subjects.
To God Be the Glory taps into something that is at the heart of the Christian faith. The answer to the first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism is: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Crosby’s hymn fits that goal perfectly.
The focus of the poem is specifically the glory that God merits for His saving work through Jesus. God has done many “great things,” but this hymn celebrates just one of them. The first two verses are a primer on the Gospel itself. The first verse states the facts about Jesus’ substitutionary atonement for sin. The second verse outlines the conditions that sinners must meet in order to claim God’s offered rescue – namely, to believe in Jesus as Saviour.
The third verse moves us, as many classic hymns do, to eternity. Our gaze is shifted to our glorification in heaven. The effect of the third verse is to create in us a longing for a home – a longing to move from the “great” that is mentioned in verses 1 and 2 to the “greater” that is mentioned in verse 3.
This hymn, then, calls us to glorify and praise God, not ourselves. 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.