Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs to Help You Worship at Home
This weekend is as far as we had planned in terms of hymns in church. From next weekend I’m going to share the hymns that we’re going to listen to in our online service on Sunday along with other hymns that might have been appropriate for us to sing.
Also (and by way of explanation) we have a back catalogue of service recordings which is why we’re able to listen to our own congregational singing in our online services. Despite the fact we can’t gather together I know many of you have appreciated hearing our own singers and musicians playing week by week. We long for the day when we’re able to sing and play songs of praise to the Lord together again.
Here are the hymns we were planning to sing in Buckna this Sunday.
1. Crown Him With Many Crowns
2. Jesus, All For Jesus
3. Jesus’ Love is Very Wonderful
4. This Is Amazing Grace
5. Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me
1. You’re the Word of God the Father
2. Be Bold, Be Strong
3. When We Look Up to the Sky
Offering: O How Good It Is
4. When the Music Fades
5. O How Good It Is
Hymn of the Weekend
O How Good It Is, Keith and Kristyn Getty
This is a hymn written and released by the Gettys (as you can perhaps tell from recent Weekend Playlists, I’m a bit of a fan!). It’s a piece which speaks about church unity – something that we’re striving to maintain in these difficult days. It’s based on Psalm 133 which speaks about believers dwelling in unity. You might want to take some time this weekend to reflect on that Psalm and pray that the Lord would continue to be with us as a church family.
One Hymn Explained
Crown Him With Many Crowns
This was to be our opening hymn on Sunday morning. It’s a classic “opener.” My definition of an “opener” is a hymn which focuses our attention on Christ and brings praise and glory to Him at the beginning of a service.
There are a few things to mention about the background of the hymn. The author was Matthew Bridges and he published it in 1851. Bridges began life as an Anglican but then converted to Roman Catholicism during a Catholic revival in the Victorian era known as the Oxford Movement. Some of Bridges’ original verses were extremely hard to understand.
In 1874 an Anglican minister and hymn writer called Godfrey Thring published a hymn with six parallel verses modelled on the same picture of crowning Jesus as “Lord of…”. After this congregations began to mix and match the best verses from both hymns.
The theme of the hymn is Jesus’ worthiness to be crowned in our hearts, souls and live. The individual verses are variations on that theme and state why Jesus deserves to be crowned. The theme is announced in the first verse where it says:
Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but its own:
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity.
Throughout the rest of the hymn we’re reminded of what Jesus has done for us. He is the bringer of eternal life, love and peace.
The hymn notably also begins in the plural in the first verse but by the final verse is focused on the individual. Believers are called to sing “of Him who died for thee.” In the final verse it says:
All hail, Redeemder, hail!
For thou hast died for me;
Thy praise shall never, never fail
These are obviously words that are to be sung with great joy. You can only imagine the delight of singing such a hymn together as a church family. May the Lord allow that to happen sooner rather than later.
As with other hymns that we’ve looked at, this can also be considered a poem. This weekend you might find it helpful to read the hymn slowly and ponder the languages and descriptions used of Jesus. Careful attention to the words will show a continuous thread of exaltation which emphasises Christ’s greatness and glory.