“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Php 4:4, KJV

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Jesus The Very Thought Of Thee

August 25th, 2010
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This famous classic hymn was written in the 12th century in France. Later on, it was translated to English and the music was written in the 19th century.

Trying singing this tune to Ps 121 below.

Also, I’d like to share an interesting quote from Tony: “Appreciate the work you’re doing. I’m someone who believes the church should not stop singing the hymns no matter how contemporary we try to be. There was a time when I grieve over the fact that some churches might really stop singing the hymns.”

Lyrics: Bernard of Clairvaux, Trans by Edward Caswall
Music: John B. Dykes

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest Name,
O Savior of mankind!

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah, this
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Jesus, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize will be;
Jesus be Thou our glory now,
And through eternity.

Psalm 121

I to the hills will lift mine eyes,
from whence doth come mine aid.
My safety cometh from the Lord,
who heav’n and earth hath made.

Thy foot he’ll not let slide, nor will
he slumber that thee keeps.
Behold, he that keeps Israel,
he slumbers not, nor sleeps.

The Lord thee keeps, the Lord thy shade
on thy right hand doth stay:
The moon by night thee shall not smite,
nor yet the sun by day.

The Lord shall keep thy soul; he shall
preserve thee from all ill.
Henceforth thy going out and in
God keep for ever will.

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Break Thou The Bread Of Life

August 23rd, 2010
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Lyrics: Mary A. Lathbury (v. 1-2), Alexander Groves (v. 3-4)
Music: William F. Sherwin

Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea;
Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word!

Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me,
As Thou didst bless the bread by Galilee;
Then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall;
And I shall find my peace, my all in all.

Thou art the bread of life, O Lord, to me,
Thy holy Word the truth that saveth me;
Give me to eat and live with Thee above;
Teach me to love Thy truth, for Thou art love.

O send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes, and make me see:
Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed I see the Lord.

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The Bible Stands

August 19th, 2010
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Here’s a grand hymn that reminds us about the truth of God’s Word. Also, I’ve come up with a fifth verse based on Ps 12:6-7. What do you think?

The Bible stands every word as silver
In a furnace purified;
Thou shall keep them Lord and preserve them for-ever
From the evil on every side.

Also, if you like a copy of 202 piano hymns on a CD sent to you by mail, just email me at tanec69@gmail.com

Read more about Haldor Lillenas over here.

Thanks.

Lyrics and Music: Haldor Lillenas

The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
’Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.

Refrain:
The Bible stands though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.

The Bible stands like a mountain towering
Far above the works of men;
Its truth by none ever was refuted,
And destroy it they never can.

The Bible stands and it will forever,
When the world has passed away;
By inspiration it has been given,
All its precepts I will obey.

The Bible stands every test we give it,
For its Author is divine;
By grace alone I expect to live it,
And to prove and to make it mine.

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Sweeter As The Years Go By

August 16th, 2010
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Here’s a great hymn for birthdays and anniversaries. By the way, today is my birthday and I thank the Lord for yet another year of life.

Lyrics and Music: Leila N. Morris

Of Jesus’ love that sought me, when I was lost in sin;
Of wondrous grace that brought me back to His fold again;
Of heights and depths of mercy, far deeper than the sea,
And higher than the heavens, my theme shall ever be.

Refrain:
Sweeter as the years go by, sweeter as the years go by,
Richer, fuller, deeper, Jesus’ love is sweeter,
Sweeter as the years go by.

He trod in old Judea life’s pathway long ago;
The people thronged about Him, His saving grace to know;
He healed the broken hearted, and caused the blind to see;
And still His great heart yearneth in love for even me.

’Twas wondrous love which led Him for us to suffer loss,
To bear without a murmur the anguish of the cross;
With saints redeemed in glory, let us our voices raise,
Till Heav’n and earth re-echo with our Redeemer’s praise.

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Singapura

August 13th, 2010
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Here’s a patriotic hymn written by the late Rev Timothy Tow. Singapore just celebrated its National Day on 9 Aug 2010 and tomorrow will be the opening ceremony for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.

Special thanks to Jason who introduced me to this hymn.

The music is not original though. See if you can recognize the melody.

Lyrics: Rev Timothy Tow
Music: Samuel A. Ward

O Fairest Isle Of Southern Seas
Thy waters are so blue
Waft by a balmy ocean breeze
Thy land is decked with dew
Singapura! Singapura!
Thou favoured isle of ease
God bless thee yet with thine increase
And peace from year to year

Our fathers came to this green shore
From many climes and lands
They found a richer life in store
Beneath just ruling hands
Singapura! Singapura!
Thou haven of the free
God bless thee yet with thine increase
And peace from year to year

On thee we’ve built a new city
First great port of the world
Let Right prevail and equity
Not by might nor by power
Singapura! Singapura!
So may thy sons serve thee
God bless thee yet with thine increase
And peace from year to year

Today we sail as one nation
Our flag is flying high
May our Captain by wise action
Steer us with Compass nigh
Singapura! Singapura!
Lightship of liberty
Sail on unto prosperity
And peace a thousand years

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