Sunday Song — A Mighty Fortress

Psalm 18:1-3
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.

What a beautiful song in praise of our God, our Refuge.


Sunday Hymn — Praise to the Lord the Almighty

Praise to the Lord,
The Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him,
For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
Now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord,
Who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings,
Yea, so gently sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen
How all your longings have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord,
Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness
And mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew
What the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord,
O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath,
Come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen
Sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

*Revelation 15:3-4

Words: Joachim Neander; Music: 17th Century German Tune
Public Domain

Top 25 Hymns?

Thom Rainer of Lifeway recently had a blog post listing the top 25 hymns sung in churches.

They are:

  1. How Great Thou Art
  2. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  3. Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine
  4. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
  5. Holy, Holy, Holy
  6. Jesus Paid It All
  7. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
  8. Crown Him with Many Crowns
  9. It Is Well with My Soul
  10. To God Be the Glory
  11. The Solid Rock
  12. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  13. I Stand Amazed in the Presence
  14. Victory in Jesus
  15. Nothing but the Blood
  16. Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound
  17. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
  18. At the Cross
  19. Revive Us Again
  20. Be Thou My Vision
  21. Because He Lives
  22. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
  23. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
  24. For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
  25. America, the Beautiful

Of the top ten, we have sung all of them at our church except for “Blessed Assurance” and  “To God be the Glory.”I would argue that there are many on this list that are gospel songs rather than hymns and I think there’s a definite Southern Baptist bent to the list (“Victory in Jesus”).

My favorites from this list are “Be Thou My Vision” and “Come Thou Fount” which land at #12 and #20.  Not on this list that I think should be: “All Creatures of Our God and King.”

What’s your favorite hymn? Are any of your favorites not included on this list?