Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs to Help You Worship at Home
One of the things many of us miss the most about not meeting with our church family is the ability to sing in a large group. Church is one of the only places people sing together in large groups for any length of time. We sing because we’re told to in the Scriptures (Psalm 149, Psalm 150). On the night before He went to the cross, Jesus sang a hymn with His disciples (Matthew 26:30).
Unlike the world, though, the church sings new songs rather than old ones (Revelation 5:9, 14:3). Our songs are the songs of God, the songs of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3). Perhaps one of the things that the Lord is teaching the church at this time is that we should appreciate things we take for granted – like the ability to sing together.
This is going to be a weekly post which we’ll release every Friday. The idea behind it is to give you a list of Christian songs that you can listen to throughout the weekend but especially on Sunday. We’ll give you a Hymn of the Weekend and also an explanation an older hymn or Psalm.
In Buckna we had planned what we were going to sing until the end of April. We’re going to share those hymns and they’ll initially act as your weekend playlist. This list will include children’s hymns so parents, you might want to sing those with your children over the weekend as well.
Hymn of the Weekend
Christ is Mine Forevermore, CityAlight. A modern classic by a group who are producing rich, Gospel-focused material.
One Hymn Explained
This is one of the greatest Gospel hymns ever written. It was written by Augustus Montague Toplady and there it can be sung to two tunes: Toplady or Petra. Petra is the tune that is normally used by churches in the United Kingdom.
Rock of Ages a hymn which reminds us of what Jesus has done and of how we cannot reach God by our own merits or efforts. In particular, verses two and three emphasise that salvation is all of God. As one person has so rightly put it, the only thing we contribute to our salvation is the sin that made it necessary. To quote the hymn, the labour of our hands can’t fulfil the demands of God’s law.
Instead, we must turn to the Lord with nothing in our hands. “Simply to Thy cross I cling,” can be the only cry of our hearts. We are helpless and exposed without the Lord’s grace.
The final verse of the hymn zooms forward to the frailest moment any of us can ever experience – our final moments on this earth. It’s really a prayer that instead of trusting in our own merits, we would trust in the merits of Christ and hide ourselves in Him.
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.
Here are the hymns we were supposed to sing in Buckna this weekend…
Rock of Ages (old),
The Same Power,
Children’s Hymn: He’s Got the Whole Wide World
Children’s Hymns: Our God is a Great Big God, We Want to See Jesus Lifted High