I love congregational singing! It’s a wonderful, Biblical way to praise and worship God, and reflect on biblical truths. Music just has a way of affecting our hearts in a way that few other things can! When you combine that influence with great truths about God, the results can be dynamic. There have been many wonderful hymns written throughout the centuries (and many great hymns being written today) that we all know: Amazing Grace, It is Well, In Christ Alone…but there are also many hymns that have been somewhat forgotten or left behind. One of the greatest joys I have had in the music ministry at Foundation Baptist Church is introducing some of these hymns to our congregation. Here are five that I have found to be particularly good:
An exciting, beautiful song by Haldor Lillenas. This triumphant hymn speaks of the freedom from sin we have in Christ:
Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters,
Chained like a slave, I struggled in vain.
But I received a glorious freedom,
When Jesus broke my fetters in twain.
The Collingsworth Family recorded this hymn on one of their albums, but I came across it in our hymnal, and it has become one of my favorite hymns for worship. It combines a beautiful melody with lyrics that reflect how wonderful Jesus really is.
My wonderful Lord,
My wonderful Lord,
By angels and seraphs in heaven adored.
I know Thou art mine,
My Savior divine,
My wonderful, wonderful Lord.
3. All I Need
I love hymns that reflect great biblical truths, and this hymn draws from I Corinthians 1:30 – “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”. It is an upbeat song with a fun, catchy melody!
Wisdom, righteousness, and power.
Holiness this very hour.
My redemption full and free,
He is all I need.
This song may be familiar to those that have been at Heartland Baptist Bible College in the last few years. The school introduced it in our chapel services. I have since introduced it at our church, and used it to work with our congregation on singing parts! It is an exciting, powerful song, which makes strong use of counterpoint.
Oh, it is wonderful, it is marvelous and wonderful
What Jesus has done for this soul of mine,
The half has never been told!
I first heard this hymn sung by Josh Cobb, a former Gospel singer. It’s a quiet, pensive song, with a very emotion-filled melody and thoughtful lyrics.
All my life long I had panted
For a drink from some cool spring
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.
Oh hallelujah, I have found Him,
Whom my soul so long has craved.
Jesus satisfied my longing,
Through His blood I now am saved.