I was just surfing around tonight and ran across this blog. The blogger, Rebecca, is asking for people to list their favorite hymn so that she can use the list for upcoming postings. I happen to have a pile of songs I love and would be hard pressed to choose just one or two. But, here are a few that quickly come to mind and some thoughts about them. If you have a favorite, you can add them here, or go over to Rebecca’s blog posting and post them in her comments.
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross This was a song I learned as a young teen. Since I attended a Christian school, we would learn new songs all the time. I very clearly remember my principal, David Hartsfield, teaching us this song. When he would teach us a song, he would teach us all the parts so that we could sing in harmony as a school. The downside? It was not unusual for him to tell us we had to sing before we could order at McDonalds when we were on school trips.
Like a River Glorious I first heard this song, that I know of, when I was in college. I believe it had to be a favorite song of the song leader. We sang it quite often, or at least it seemed to be often. I have often come back to that song as a beloved hymn.
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand Another song that I was introduced to in college. I once heard a theatrical group sing that song along with acting out some of the verses. The uniqueness was that they had 20 or more different verses.
Great is Thy Faithfulness How can that not be on a list of favorites?
How Great Thou Art Probably has to top my list. That is, if I could rank these things. My favorite verse, and the one that is often skipped over is: My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin, not in part, but the whole. Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Oh, my soul.
Those are just 5 that jumped out at me at the moment. With a song book in hand, I can easily point out dozens of songs that have some significance to me.
What are your favorites?