I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat. It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ. The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic. I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).
I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog.
I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument. That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing, you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.
The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"
Today's featured hymn is "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" written by Fanny J. Cosby (1820-1915) composed by W. H. Doane (1832-1915). This hymn actually began first with the tune. The composer Mr. Doane approached Fanny with his music & said to her "I have written a tune and I want you to write words for it." Fanny listened to the music & immediately said: "that is saying 'safe in the arms of Jesus' ." It took her 30 minutes & the hymn was written!!
Please take the time to listen to the YouTube video below the lyrics - ENJOY!
Turn with me to number 535 in your hymnals and let's sing:
Safe in the Arms of Jesus
written by Fanny J. Crosby(1820-1915) composed by W.H. Doane (1832-1915)
1. Safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe on His gentle breast, There by His love o'er-shaded, Sweetly my soul shall rest. Hark! 'tis the voice of angels, Borne in a song to me, Over the fields of glory, Over the jasper sea....
2. Safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe from corroding care, Safe from the world's temptations, Sin cannot harm me there, Free from the blight of sorrow, Free from my doubts and fears; Only a few more trials, Only a few more tears!..
3. Jesus, my heart's refuge, Jesus has died for me; Firm on the Rock of Ages, Ever my trust shall be. Here let me wait with patience, Wait till the night is o'er; Wait till I see the morning Break on the golden shore....
ChorusSafe in the arms of Jesus, Safe on His gentle breast, There by His love o'er-shaded, Sweetly my soul shall rest..
A special thanks to "Jay Daniels" for sharing this with us on YouTube!
Other Hymns on this blog:
Take My Life, and Let It Be
God Bless Our Native Land
Living For Jesus A Life That Is True
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us
What A Wonderful Savior!
All the Way My Savior Leads Me
Take Time To Be Holy
Be Still My Soul
Just As I Am, Without One Plea
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