Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs to Help You Worship at Home
I’ve recently taken out a subscription to Apple Music which means that I’ve now got access to between 50-60 million songs. I haven’t forgotten what we’ve learned from Ecclesiastes – that even if you have Apple Music (or something similar) you’ll always want to hear just one more song.
That said, it’s been helpful for Weekend Playlist because instead of running out of hymns to share through this blog it’s now the opposite. To paraphrase John at the end of his Gospel, were I to write a blog post on every hymn ever released, the world could not contain the blogs that would be written (John 21:25).
This weekend I’ve picked a few hymns from a playlist that the Gospel Coalition have put together called Songs of Comfort for Anxious Souls (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/songs-comfort-anxious-souls/). You should also take some time to read this article about missing congregational singing (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-we-miss-congregational-singing/). The writer puts things in a far more eloquent way than I ever could and as he says, many of us are desperate to sing together again.
Anyway, here are your Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for another weekend.
The Church’s One Foundation
A Mighty Fortress
When Trials Come
The Blood of Jesus Speaks for Me
All Things New
Hymn of the Weekend
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
I’ve shared this hymn before on Weekend Playlist but this week it’s our hymn of the weekend. It’s another CityAlight piece (has there been a week where they haven’t featured?) and focuses our minds our our dependance on Jesus. While we labour on in weakness and rejoicing, in our need, His power is displayed.
One Hymn Explained
Behold Our God
I would rank this hymn a modern classic, perhaps in the same category as the Getty’s In Christ Alone. It’s a hymn which has been sung a significant moments for me personally. I’m pretty sure we sang it when I was ordained in Buckna.
Thankfully the hymn isn’t about me though, it’s about our all-powerful Triune God. The hymn makes effective use of rhetorical questions. For example, verse 1 begins by reminding us that God is the One who has made everything by having us sing:
Who has held the oceans in His hands?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
The pattern of rhetorical questions continues throughout the hymn building to the most significant one:
Who has felt the nails upon His hands
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
Jesus has done that because He is our risen and reigning Saviour. What makes this hymn a modern classic is not primarily the words (though they are excellent). What makes it a classic is the score. As you’re singing it, the tension builds until that great release in the final chorus. The cry of congregations as they sing, “Behold our God seat on His throne, Come, let us adore Him,” can be spine tingling.
Theologically speaking, the hymn ticks all the boxes in that it reminds us that God is our Creator, that He is sovereign and that Jesus reigns supreme. For all these reasons, it’s a modern classic. This weekend as we worship God together as a church family, let’s pray that we would behold Him for who He really is.
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.