Hymns get a bad rap! I remember when I realized I needed to find a place to get to know God better (than just talking to Him on walks and reading the Bible on my own) I resisted like hell! Seriously. Me! In a church? With all those judgey people and antique music???
Oh yeah, some of their songs were ‘pretty’, but nothing I wanted to spend any serious time with. Yes, I sang them in school in all the choirs I was in and they were beautiful, some even touched me, but the chorale directors made the music fun! Not like a dirge. Like a funeral march.
X number of years later, okay, XX number of years later, I’ve matured in my Christian walk and I get God better and I get hymns! There are still some that I cringe when we sing them, I still think they sound like a dirge, but now I understand them (better). In 2005 the music group Out of Eden released the album Hymns. Changed my view! Even the antique music of our great, great, great, great, great, great, grand whatevers can be beautiful!
There is a long history to hymns, to the length I doubt you want to go to here, so suffice it to say hymns evolved as a way for the common people to better learn and understand elements of the liturgy and scripture previously only performed by the monks (Music for Church Choirs) to what we have today.
In November of 2012, Thom S. Rainer published a blog listing the Top 25 Hymns sung in churches over the previous four years. I’ve added links to these songs, from various artists, so you can experience them. Some of these I enjoy, some well, you may enjoy.
- How Great Thou Art
- Great Is Thy Faithfulness
- Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine
- All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
- Holy, Holy, Holy
- Jesus Paid It All
- Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
- Crown Him with Many Crowns
- It Is Well with My Soul
- To God Be the Glory
- The Solid Rock
- Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
- I Stand Amazed in the Presence
- Victory in Jesus
- Nothing but the Blood
- Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound
- Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
- At the Cross
- Revive Us Again
- Be Thou My Vision
- Because He Lives
- Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
- A Mighty Fortress is Our God
- For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
- America, the Beautiful
A hymn for peace I do enjoy though, Breathe on Me, Breath of God, Play it and listen with your eyes closed and no other noise if possible. You’ll be surprised at what it does for you. Randy Travis, Country Music star, has several faith based albums so I’ll leave you with two of his that wake my faith, warm my soul and cause me to raise up again. I hope you enjoy them also. I’ll Fly Away and Deeper Than The Holler.