Before the Throne of God Above

Hymnology: Before the Throne of God Above

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

~Hebrews 4:16

Hymn Story

We don’t choose songs at Stevens Street based on our personal preferences, but if we did, we’d sing a lot more of this, my favorite hymn. I tend to prefer songs that sing of the attributes of God, or which incorporate passages of Scripture into the lyrics (I believe God loves when we sing His Word back to Him!). “Before the Throne of God Above” does both! When theologically deep lyrics are combined with a beautiful melody, we’ve got a winning combination. Continue reading

And Can It Be

Hymnology: And Can It Be

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High… Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.
~ Psalm 107:10-11, 13-14

Hymn Story

It was May of 1738, and Charles Wesley was in agony. He had been an ordained priest in the Anglican church and even a missionary to the American colonies, but had never felt the assurance of his own salvation. He believed the promises in Scripture that salvation was available through Christ, but lived in dread that Christ would return before he had received this salvation for himself. Continue reading

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Hymnology: How Deep the Father's Love for Us

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16

Hymn Story

Every so often, a song comes along that you know is going to endure. That Christians will still be singing this song in two hundred years. This is one of those hymns. Written in 1995 by Stuart Townend, this hymn became an “instant classic”, and is now sung in churches all over the world.

Stuart Townend is one of the greatest hymnwriters of our generation. We sing his music frequently in our worship services. In addition to How Deep the Father’s Love for Us, he has written or co-written In Christ AloneThe Power of the Cross, and Beautiful Savior. What a blessing to the Church!

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