Be Thou My Vision

Hymnology: Be Thou My Vision

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” ~ Proverbs 2:6

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” ~ Philippians 3:7-8

Hymn Story

This is one of the oldest surviving Christian hymns known to us today. Both the lyrics and the melody were written over a millennium (that’s a thousand years!) ago. However, it wasn’t until the early part of the 20th century when the lyrics were combined with the melody that is familiar to us today. Continue reading

Good Shepherd of My Soul

Hymnology: Good Shepherd of My Soul

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
~Psalm 23:1

Hymn Story

In the Fall of 2012, Keith and Kristyn Getty released their album Hymns for the Christian Life. As they shared in this interview, their goal in this season of their ministry has been to write hymns which will serve churches by addressing topics often neglected in modern Christian worship music. This has remained their objective with hymns written since the release of that album, including the prayerful “Good Shepherd of My Soul.” Continue reading

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Hymnology: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.
~Psalm 48:13-14

Hymn Story

When our hymnals are so filled with great hymns written by British, Irish, Scottish, and American composers, it can be easy to think that God has specially blessed the English-speaking Church with all the best hymnists. But the reality, of course, is that there is a vast treasure trove of hymns written in other languages, and only a small percentage of those are translated into English. To our benefit, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” is one of those English language imports. Continue reading

My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness

Hymnology: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing hymns and songs and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
~Colossians 3:15-16

Hymn Story

When prolific hymn writers Keith & Kristyn Getty moved to Nashville a few years ago, they decided to pursue a new concept for their next project. They wanted to explore themes not typically covered by modern worship music, such as work, community, and money. The result is their most recent album, “Hymns for the Christian Life.”

While most of the songs on this album were newly composed, the couple chose to include one of their older hymns, co-written by Stuart Townend. “My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness” is a prayer of thanksgiving for the spiritual blessings we have received in Christ. Continue reading

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Hymnology: Come Thou Fount

On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.
~ Zechariah 13:1

Hymn Story

When Robert Robinson wrote “Come Thou Fount” at the age of 23, he was a young man who understood himself well. He was indeed prone to wander, and prone to leave the God he loved.

When his father died while Robert was a young teen, his widowed mother indentured him to a London barber. During his failed apprenticeship, his master found him more fond of reading than of working at his profession. He often ran off with his friends, eventually becoming part of a street gang. Continue reading