What Goes in: November Music Favs…Hymns Edition

Lately I have been falling in love again with old hymns. I mean, how can you go wrong with these timeless classics? Everywhere I go, I have a different hymn stuck in my head, so I decided that I should make this month’s picks some of the best known classic hymns and share the stories behind them.



1. “Amazing Grace” performed by Rhema Marvanne, written by John Newton

listen here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDDlxmsciqY

“Amazing Grace” was written by British poet, John Newton in 1773. Growing up, he never had much religious influence in his life and as he grew older, he became reckless and was forced into serving the British Royal Navy. After serving, John Newton joined the American slave trade and on one of his trips a dangerous storm beat up his ship, which is when he cried out to God for help. After conviction of the evilness of slave trade and suffering a stroke, he ended his job on the sea, and began to study Christian Theology. H was then ordained in the church. John Newton proceeded then, to write one of the world’s most popular and most loved hymns, “Amazing Grace.”

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.



2. “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” performed by Jars of Clay, written by Robert Robinson

listen:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWog5fLZZQM

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” was written in 1757 by Robert Robinson and is based on 1 Samuel 7:12 (KJV), which says, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.”  Robert’s dad died when he was eight and he became increasingly difficult as he grew older. At the age of fourteen, Robert was sent to London to work as an apprentice, but he started to drink and gamble. One night when he and his friends were going to attend an evangelistic meeting to make fun of the group, the sermon touched his heart yet he did not respond to the alter call. Three years later he committed his life to Christ and began to work in ministry.

Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

3. “It is Well” by performed by Jeremy Riddle, written by Horatio Spafford

listen here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX_50AERr8M

Possibly the most well known hymn, “It is Well” written by Horatio Spafford, came from a point in his life were most people could never find the strength to surrender to God. He was a wealthy lawyer, until the Great Chicago Fire ruined everything for him. As a result, he had to stay behind in the US to deal with his crumbling business situation while his family went on vacation in Europe. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank and his four daughters died, but his wife survived. He then wrote “It is Well” while sailing over the spot his daughters died on his way to meet his wife.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know,a
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Hope you enjoyed these selections! 

Remember, if you have and artist or song ideas for me,
feel free to comment and let me know what you are interested in.

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