Hooray for Hymns


Next to scripture memorization, the singing of hymns is one of the most important features of our school day. Each year, included in our GMK plan is a list of hymns (one for each week) that I have chosen because it somehow relates to our creation topic. So for Day 3’s Dry Land study I chose geology themed hymns (think “Rock of Ages”) and the next year when we studied botany I chose plant-themed hymns (i.e. “I Come to the Garden Alone”). This year we are on the 4th Day of Creation so our hymns are all astronomy related.

Hymns can be a powerful (and catchy) way of conveying really big truths about God often straight from His Word. I have found those that make mention of familiar themes from nature consistently reach the hearts of my children. Also, the stories surrounding the writers of these great works resonate with young and old alike.

Using God’s Word, His created World, along with stories of the Workers who penned them, hymns are a powerful way for God to be Made Known to your children. They are also a great tool for introducing musical and literary concepts such as meter and rhyme.

Below is a list of my 10 all-time favorite hymns. Please feel free to leave a comment and add to it!

1. And Can It Be That I Should Gain
2. Be Still My Soul
3. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
4. He Leadeth Me
5. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
6. Crown Him With Many Crowns
7. O Victory In Jesus
8. Rock of Ages
9. The Love of God
10. Wonderful Grace of Jesus

25 comments on “Hooray for Hymns

  1. I was going to add “Amazing Love” as one of my favorites, but then I realized you’ve already got it by another name, “And Can it Be . . .” I love singing that in church with a good variety of voices around me. I am also a big fan of “Come Thou Fount.”

  2. “He Lives!” rings true with me and has a cheerful melody. You listed some of my favorites: “The Love of God” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” “To God be the Glory” is another good hymn.

    • I can hear your dear husband belting out “He Lives” right now. Even as a child, listening to him sing had me convinced that Christ Jesus truly lived within his heart. Thanks also for the great addition of “To God Be the Glory.” Great things He has done, indeed!

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  4. Some of these are my favorite hymns as well! I love “O Love, that will not let me go.” I especially appreciate the line – “O Joy, that seekest me through pain…” This Joy is a Person, the wonderful Lord Jesus.

  5. I also love the old hymns and here are some more that are my favorites:

    A Child of the King
    Be Still My Soul
    Face to Face
    Living for Jesus
    Only One Life

    You have a nice blog and It’s important to teach our children about God’s creation, His Son, Jesus Christ, and His Eternal Word.

    Blessings to you and family. In His mighty service … Mikey

  6. “Be Thou My Vision” ranks among the top hymns for me . . .
    From my parents side would be “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand” and “Count Your Blessings” . . . with many memories added. Love and hugs to you!!

  7. Thank you, sir. We’ll be posting our new hymn of the week on Monday. I don’t want to give it away but one of the lines was especially poignant to our national situation this week that I just have to quote it here: “O let me ne’er forget, that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet!”

    • “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” has definitely taken on fresh meaning for us, too, living so close to the ocean. We must daily trust Him “who bids the mighty ocean deep its own appointed limits keep!”

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  9. Here is another old hymn you might like written by Civilla Durfee Martin, a Canadian-American writer of many religious hymns, and gospel songs in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Her husband, Walter Stillman Martin studied ministry at Harvard University, where he became a Baptist minister but later switched to the Disciples of Christ. Together they created beautiful religious hymns and songs which have become widely known. Some of her most popular pieces include “God Will Take Care of You”, “One of God’s Days”, “Going Home”, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” and “The Old Fashioned Way”

    The Old-Fashioned Way

    They call me old fashioned because I believe
    That the Bible is God’s holy Word,
    That Jesus, who lived among men long ago
    Is divine, and the Christ of God.

    My sin was old fashioned, My guilt was old fashioned
    God’s love was old fashioned, I know,
    And the way I was saved was the old fashioned way
    Thro’ the blood that makes whiter than snow.

    Old fashioned, because I believe and accept
    Only what has been spoken from heav’n,
    Old fashioned because at the cross I was saved,
    At the cross had my sins forgiv’n.

    My sin was old fashioned, My guilt was old fashioned
    God’s love was old fashioned, I know,
    And the way I was saved was the old fasioned way
    Thro’ the blood that makes whiter than snow.

    Old fashioned, because I am bound to do right,
    To walk in the straight narrow way;
    Because I have given my whole life to God,
    Old fashioned, because I pray.

    My sin was old fashioned, My guilt was old fashioned
    God’s love was old fashioned, I know
    And the way I was saved was the old fasioned way
    Thro’ the blood that makes whiter than snow.

    Old fashioned, because I am looking above,
    To Jesus, my glorified Lord;
    Because I believe He is coming again,
    Fulfilling His holy Word.

    My sin was old fashioned, My guilt was old fashioned
    God’s love was old fashioned, I know
    And the way I was saved was the old fasioned way
    Thro’ the blood that makes whiter than snow.

    His servant – Mikey

  10. Crown Him with Many Crowns is a favorite at our house as well. When the children were young, one of them came to me and asked, “Why does Jesus like color so much?”. I must have looked a little confused, because he went on, “He wants us to ‘Crayon Him with Many Crayons’.

    I also have two personal favorites: ‘Immortal, Invisible’ and ‘Be Thou My Vision”.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • Great additions! Thanks! And I love your DAILY hymn posts. I’m not quite so ambitious. One a week is about all I can manage and that’s about as fast as my little guys can learn them.

      • When you have younger ones, accomplishing anything is a triumph. My youngest is 17, so I have more time to do this sort of things.
        Many people have told me that they love the hymns but are having a hard time finding a church that still uses them. I finally had to change denominations to find a traditional service. The modern services appeal to many young people and I would not eliminate them. However, the traditions speak to me and make me feel closer to God.

      • Too many to name. I noticed in college that Fanny Crosby, the blind hymn writer, spoke much about seeing Jesus in her music. Isn’t that great? The older the better the hymns for me, but this one’s an exception:

        Before the throne of God above
        I have a strong and perfect plea
        A great High Priest whose name is love
        Who ever lives and pleads for me
        My name is graven on His hands
        My name is written on His heart
        I know that while in heav’n He stands
        No tongue can bid me thence depart
        No tongue can bid me thence depart

        VERSE 2
        When Satan tempts me to despair
        And tells me of the guilt within
        Upward I look and see Him there
        Who made an end of all my sin
        Because the sinless Savior died
        My sinful soul is counted free
        For God the Just is satisfied
        To look on Him and pardon me
        To look on Him and pardon me

        VERSE 3
        Behold Him there, the risen Lamb
        My perfect, spotless Righteousness
        The great unchangeable I AM
        The King of glory and of grace
        One with Himself, I cannot die
        My soul is purchased by His blood
        My life is hid with Christ on high
        With Christ my Savior and my God
        With Christ my Savior and my God

        AWESOME. My boy loved this and sang his heart out, even at age 5.

        Since you invited me back, so I reciprocate. I hope my post on the Biblical view of achievement blesses you and yours.

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