Hymns That Had Meaning

What ever happened to these hymns written by men like Watts, Wesley, Toplady and countless others? Hymns that had depth of meaning because they were so tied to Holy Scripture. Hymns that honored and exalted the Trinity of God.

So much of what is available in today’s “Church” music is so shallow. As someone said, “most of it is 7/11 = 7 words repeated 11 times.” I’m grateful to have found Spurgeon’s Hymn Book and I am surprised at the volume of hymns written by Isaac Watts. Not only did he write many hymns, but also wrote many of what was called the “Spirit of the Psalms.” The Psalms were put into meter that could be sung in worship.

Say what you will, but we have lost something since those great hymns are not readily available. I’m not sure you can find a hard copy of Spurgeon’s Hymn Book, but I do know you can get a digital copy from Logos.com or WordSearchBible.com. What a wonderful addition to one’s devotional life. Personally, I thank God for His inspiration of these men who wrote from their heart and now Centuries later my soul can be blessed by their writings. Here is a great hymn of praise to our Lord Jesus, enjoy!!

Worthy the Lamb

1 COME, let us join our cheerful songs
With angels round the throne;
Ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
But all their joys are one.

2 “Worthy the Lamb that died,” they cry,
“To be exalted thus;”
“Worthy the Lamb,” our lips reply,
“For He was slain for us.”

3 Jesus is worthy to receive
Honour and power divine;
And blessings more than we can give,
Be, Lord, for ever Thine.

4 Let all that dwell above the sky,
And air, and earth, and seas,
Conspire to lift Thy glories high,
And speak Thine endless praise.

5 The whole creation join in one,
To bless the sacred name
Of Him that sits upon the throne,
And to adore the Lamb.

Isaac Watts, 1709.

Our Own Hymn-Book: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social, and Private Worship.

Spirit of the Psalms



1 BLEST is the man who shuns the place

Where sinners love to meet;

Who fears to tread their wicked ways,

And hates the scoffer’s seat:


2 But in the statutes of the Lord

Has placed his chief delight;

By day he reads or hears the word,

And meditates by night.


3 He, like a plant of gen’rous kind,

By living waters set,

Safe from the storms and blasting wind,

Enjoys a peaceful state.


4 Green as the leaf, and ever fair,

Shall his profession shine;

While fruits of holiness appear

Like clusters on the vine.


5 Not so the impious and unjust;

What vain designs they form!

Their hopes are blown away like dust,

Or chaff before the storm.


6 Sinners in judgment shall not stand

Amongst the sons of grace,

When Christ, the Judge, at His right hand

Appoints His saints a place.


7 His eye beholds the path they tread;

His heart approves it well:

But crooked ways of sinners lead

Down to the gates of hell.

Isaac Watts, 1719.

Our Own Hymn-Book: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social, and Private Worship.

Where do you Stand?

The bare acceptance of an orthodox doctrine about the person of Christ without the heart being won by Him and the life devoted to Him, is another phase of that way “which seemeth right unto a man” but the end thereof are “the ways of death.” A mere intellectual assent to the reality of Christ’s person, and which goes no further, is another phase of the way which “seemeth right unto a man” but of which the end thereof “are the ways of death,” or, in other words, is another aspect of the gospel of Satan.

And now, where do you stand? Are you in the way which “seemeth right,” but which ends in death; or, are you in the Narrow Way which leadeth unto life? Have you truly forsaken the Broad Road which leadeth to death? Has the love of Christ created in your heart a hatred and horror of all that is displeasing to Him? Are you desirous that he should “reign over” you? (Luke 19:14). Are you relying wholly on His righteousness and blood for your acceptance with God?

Those who are trusting to an outward form of godliness, such as baptism or “confirmation!” those who are religious because it is considered a mark of respectability; those who attend some Church or Chapel because it is the fashion to do so; and, those who unite with some Denomination because they suppose that such a step will enable them to become Christians, are in the way which “ends in death”—death spiritual and eternal. However pure our motives, however noble our intentions, however well-meaning our purposes, however sincere our endeavors, God will not acknowledge us as His sons, until we accept His Son.

A yet more specious form of Satan’s gospel is to move preachers to present the atoning sacrifice of Christ and then tell their hearers that all God requires from them is to “believe” in His Son. Thereby thousands of impenitent souls are deluded into thinking they have been saved. But Christ said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). To “repent” is to hate sin, to sorrow over it, to turn from it. It is the result of the Spirits making the heart contrite before God. None except a broken heart can savingly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Again, thousands are deceived into supposing that they have “accepted Christ” as their “personal Saviour,” who have not first received Him as their LORD. The Son of God did not come here to save His people in their sin, but “from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). To be saved from sins, is to be saved from ignoring and despising the authority of God, it is to abandon the course of self-will and self-pleasing, it is to “forsake our way” (Isa. 55:7). It is to surrender to God’s authority, to yield to His dominion, to give ourselves over to be ruled by Him. The one who has never taken Christ’s “yoke” upon him, who is not truly and diligently seeking to please Him in all the details of life, and yet supposes that he is “resting on the Finished Work of Christ” is deluded by the Devil.

In the seventh chapter of Matthew there are two scriptures which give us approximate results of Christ’s Gospel and Satan’s counterfeit. First, in verses 13–14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Second; in verses 22–23, “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied [preached] in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out demons, and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Yes, my reader, it is possible to work in the name of Christ, and even to preach in his name, and though the world knows us, the Church knows us, yet to be unknown to the Lord! How necessary is it then to find out where we really are; to examine ourselves and see whether we be in the faith; to measure ourselves by the Word of God and see if we are being deceived by our subtle Enemy; to find out whether we are building our house upon the sand, or whether it is erected on the Rock which is Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit search our hearts, break our wills, slay our enmity against God, work in us a deep and true repentance, and direct our gaze to the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.

Arthur Walkington Pink, The Arthur Pink Anthology (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2005).

The Wonder of It All . . . .

Early this morning, long before time to wake up, I did wake up and had the words of this song on my heart. It has continued with me and I find myself singing the words I can remember and humming the rest of the tune.

It is so amazing that the Great God of the universe, who created the vastness of space and in that creating created a tiny speck we call earth. We are told there are somewhere between 6-7 Billion people on this speck of dirt, and the number is growing.

In God’s Holy Word, we call the Bible, He said in, John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Romans 5:8 (NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Revelation 1:5 (NKJV) and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,”

Now I ask you, isn’t it a glorious, wonderful thing that He could love me? Not only that, but before He created this universe, He chose me in His Son that I should experience this wonderful love. Ephesians 1:4 (NKJV) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,”

Impossible to count all the Billions that have existed since He created Adam and Eve, and yet, He made choice of those who would receive this wonderful love and have the privilege of spending eternity with Him. Truly,

There’s the wonder of sunset at evening,
The wonder as sunrise I see;
But the wonder of wonder’s that thrills my soul
Is the wonder that God loves me.

There’s the wonder of spring-time and harvest,
The sky, the stars, the sun;
But the wonder of wonder’s that thrills my soul
Is a wonder that’s only begun.

O, the wonder of it all!
The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.

O, the  wonder of it all!
The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.

—George Beverly Shea

Let me ask you, my reader, “Have you experienced this wonderful love? If not, may our heavenly Father reveal it to you even now. Look to Him, trust His Word, revel in His love.

Looking unto Jesus…….

[Today’s devotional by Spurgeon in Morning and Evening is too rich not to  share with those who will take the  time to  read it.]

Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

“It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: he tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee.”

         “My hope is built on nothing less
         Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness:
         I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
         But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006).

Stand By Me

While reading the Psalms this morning I thought of what our neighbors in Oklahoma have been experiencing. Seems Psalm 107:22-30 speaks a word of comfort in times like this. Also, I was reminded of the 1st stanza of the this spiritual and thought I would print it here. May God’s Word and Tindley’s grasp of God’s promise be a comfort to all who read.

Stand By Me

Words & Music: Charles A. Tind­ley, 1905

When the storms of life are raging,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the storms of life are raging,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the world is tossing me
Like a ship upon the sea
Thou Who rulest wind and water,
Stand by me (stand by me).

In the midst of tribulation,
Stand by me (stand by me);
In the midst of tribulation,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the hosts of hell assail,
And my strength begins to fail,
Thou Who never lost a battle,
Stand by me (stand by me).

In the midst of faults and failures,
Stand by me (stand by me);
In the midst of faults and failures,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When I do the best I can,
And my friends misunderstand,
Thou Who knowest all about me,
Stand by me (stand by me).

In the midst of persecution,
Stand by me (stand by me);
In the midst of persecution,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When my foes in battle array
Undertake to stop my way,
Thou Who saved Paul and Silas,
Stand by me (stand by me).

When I’m growing old and feeble,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When I’m growing old and feeble,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When my life becomes a burden,
And I’m nearing chilly Jordan,
O Thou “Lily of the Valley,”
Stand by me (stand by me).

Hope this blesses you as it did me. . . .


It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, When an elderly gentleman in his 80’s, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation I asked him if he had a doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease.

As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him. “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?” He smiled as he patted my hand and said. “She doesn’t know who I am, but I still know who she is.”

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, “That is the kind of love I want in my life.”

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

“The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes along their way.”

— Author Unknown