Tuesday, February 08, 2005

praise Him!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! Hail Him! Highest archangels in glory;
Strength and honour give to His holy Name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,
In His arms He carries them all day long.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
For our sins He suffered, and bled and died.
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail Him! Hail Him! Jesus the Crucified.
Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Heav'nly portals loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Saviour reigneth forever and ever.
Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest and King!
Christ is coming, over the world victorious!
Pow'r and glory unto the Lord belong.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!

- Fanny Crosby


discordant_dude said...

Love this hymn too! As my fren said, hymn is 'theology in a beautfiful casing'. I wonder which contemporary song run close in terms of theological richness. Check out my fren's blog, an ardent hymn lover:

jv. said...

Yup! It's a great hymn and it somehow got stuck in my head after the Sunday morning worship service on 6/2. Hymns carry a wealth of theology with their lyrics. I however do wish that hymns were more "accessible" to the present generation. Too often do we sound almost mournful singing hymns on a Sunday morn when we are to be rejoicing in the Lord!

lala said...

Hymn-appreciation has probably dipped along with our command of the english language in general, but I guess a large part of the dwindling passion for hymns has something to do with the archaic tunes and rhythm.

Graham Kendrick and Stuart Townend are pretty good modern-day "hymnwriters" (both British, of course). Check them out!

jv. said...

Hehe...who knows 50 years down the line, we might even have "hymns" carrying words like

Lord, we wan 2 prez U
We jus wan 2 prez U
U noe our hearts
U r de fren dat walks beside us 4ever!


Graham Kendrick writes a lot of good meaningful stuff! Are we getting a GK song for church camp? ;) The name Stuart Townend rings a bell...will check him out.

discordant_dude said...

Jars of Clay also has some powerful lyrics said to covet Charles Wesley's attention.

Rather oddly, secular songs carry more truths than most contemporary songs these days. Linkin Park truly sings to our generation...also R Kelly and Kanye West. Yeaaa...Jesus saves!

jv. said...

Well yeah..Linkin Park sure speaks to our generation (not my cup of tea though), but in a good way? I'm not so sure.

Jars of Clay...I think their first album is prob the best of the lot...excelled musically and lyrically. Well, at least it was quite clear what and who they were singing about. I've also got Much Afraid and Who We Are Instead...a lot of nice tunes...they've certainly progressed musically into a very rich multi-layered sound. Lyrically however..I dunno la...sometimes you just don't know what they're singing about. I miss their raw expressions about God that was so clear in their first album.

I'm listening to lots of Caedmon's Call these days. You should check them out. I don't think you'll regret it =)

lala said...

Lyrically, I'm still stuck on Rich Mullins, Sara Groves and Carolyn Arends - very earnest lyrics about life which almost anyone can relate to (between the lines - not too deep for me to grasp! hee hee)

jv. said...

hey Lala...what Rich Mullins CDs do you have? Can I borrow? It's difficult to find his stuff these days.

lala said...

whoops, mostly cassettes - collection from *ahem* younger years :)

World As Best As I Remember It Vol 1 (cass), Brother's Keeper (CD) & A Liturgy, a Legacy & a Ragamuffin Band (cass)

lala said...

One of my favourite verses from him, about struggling with our human transience on earth:

Nobody tells you when you get born here
How much you'll come to love it
And how you'll never belong here
So I call you my country
And I'll be lonely for my home
And I wish that I could take you there with me

"Land of My Sojourn" by Rich Mullins and Beaker as Recorded on A Liturgy, a Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band

jv. said...

u mean from the days of your pink glasses? ;)

I like the words that you shared from Land of My Sojourn. I've only got one Rich Mullins CD...think it's World As Best As I Remember It Vol 2. Vol 1 is better and I've been trying to look for it for some time oredi.

Anyway, can I borrow Brother's Keeper? It's the only one on CD. I don't have a tape player with me now.