Gerhardt is considered one of the best Lutheran hymn-writers. He wrote 133 hymns in all, twenty-one of which are included in The Lutheran Hymnal.
“Paul Gerhardt wrote the hymn ALamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth in 1648 at age 41. Gerhardt grew up during the Thirty-Years War and lived a life marked with hardship and suffering, both physical and theological. His time as a Lutheran pastor in Germany was marked with controversy between the Lutherans and the Reformed.
Dear Lord, “Oh, grant that each of us now met before Thee here, may meet together thus when Thou and Thine appear. And, follow Thee to heaven, our home. E’en so, Amen, Lord Jesus, come!
The Rev. H. Leigh Bennett, M.A. describes the writer of this hymn thus:
“John Newton, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character.
“Sigismund von Birken was the son of an Evangelical pastor in Bohemia. His family was forced to flee to Nürnberg when he was three. Birken was an established poet and was appointed a tutor at the age of 16 to the Princes of Brunswick-Lünesburg. His poetic skills led to publication of 52 hymns. However, only three of them have been translated into English. The most prominent of these hymns is Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus.
There are several general favorites among English hymns which are used by practically all Christians. We know the hymns so well that we forget the writers and merely appropriate and sing what they wrote. We refer to the hymns – “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me,” and “Nearer my God to Thee.”
Regarding this hymn, Lutheran Pastor William Lee Hunton continues:
Table of Contents Video A story of the American Civil War Lyrics It has been said of the hymn, “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” that it is the masterpiece of Charles Wesley, and that if “this were the only hymn he ever wrote, and the only service he ever rendered to humanity, it is sufficient to immortalize his name.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5”
This is a hymn written before 1913 by Kate B. Wilkinson. It’s based on Philippians 2:5: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. May the words be true for you today. God bless you.
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Lyrics 1 May the mind of Christ, my Savior, Live in me from day to day, By His love and pow'r controlling All I do and say.
According to an online website specializing in hymns, Come ye thankful people come appears in 608 hymnals. On the one hand it’s a song of gratitude to the Lord for the food provided in this year’s harvest. Yet the references to Mark 4:26-29 and Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43, also call for a hastening of God’s final harvest.
Hear this beautiful rendition and be blessed.
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It will add to our appreciation of this hymn to know that on a certain occasion it was used most impressively in the South Sea Isles.
“King George, the ruler of the islands, gave his people a new constitution and exchanged the heathen for a Christian form of government. Under great spreading banyan trees the natives from Tongo, Fiji and Samoa gathered. It was Whitsunday, 1862. The people had assembled for worship.
This is a characteristic hymn from the pen of Miss Havergal, who has sometimes been called “The Theodocia of the 19th Century.”
“She was the daughter of a Church of England clergyman, born at Astley, Worcestershire, England, December 14, 1836. The type of her hymns is interesting and is by some accredited to an incident of her girlhood. When quite a young girl she visited the art gallery of Dusseldorf, Prussia, where she was attending school.
The origin and the content of this hymn emphasize its meaning and value.
“Rome boasts that she never changes; the Turk has not improved, new and diverse enemies have risen round about us, so that there are numerous occasions when sincere Christians, realizing their environment, can enter with appreciation into the singing of this old Luther hymn, recognizing that though some conditions vary, the real dangers are the same, and the need of every influence and protection and guidance of the Triune God prayed for in this remarkable Luther hymn is needed today and every day that the Christian lives.
Dear Lord, thank you for You. You our our help, our hope, our promise for the untold ages to come. How faithful you are. Let us remember your goodness today and forever.
A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.