Hymn

The King of Love - original typography from The Worship Project. 

The King of Love My Shepherd Is - H.W.Baker (1868)

“The King of love my Shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never. I nothing lack if I am His, and He is mine forever. And so through all the length of days, thy goodness faileth never; Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise within Thy House forever.” 

This old hymn is incredibly inspiring. Based on Psalm 23.

Rest in His promises today and always friends! x

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In Christ Alone - dedicated to Christina Grimmie

I don’t have words to begin to explain just how much I’m saddened by the news of the brutal murder of Christina Grimmie.

Her rendition of Stuart Townend’s beautiful hymn “In Christ Alone” will always be a favorite of mine, and it’s heart-wrenching to see someone’s life cut short - especially someone who really shone the love of Jesus in their life. My prayers are with her family and all affected through her death.

“From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand: Till He returns or calls me home, Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.”

Such powerful words, such a beautiful declaration of allegience to Christ. It’s my prayer that today, you’d take a moment to find peace, and let these words soak into your Spirit. Take courage. NOTHING can take His love from us. Don’t let this tragic death, allow you to live in fear - for He has conquered ALL fear - we have NOTHING to fear.

“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song; This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My Comforter, my All in All, Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! - who took on flesh, Fullness of God in helpless babe. This gift of love and righteousness, Scorned by the ones He came to save: Till on that cross as Jesus died, The wrath of God was satisfied - For every sin on Him was laid; Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain: Then bursting forth in glorious day, Up from the grave He rose again! And as He stands in victory, Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me, For I am His and He is mine - Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death, This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. No power of hell, no scheme of man, Can ever pluck me from His hand: Till He returns or calls me home, Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.”

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Be Thou My Vision - original print from The Worship Project.

This is one of my all-time favorite hymns. Written by Irish Christian poet Saint Dallan in the 6th century, it was later translated to English in 1912 to the tune that we know commonly today.

The lyrics have deeply impacted me over the years, and spurred me forward in my walk with Christ. A new imagining of this timeless hymn was recently released by Audrey Assad for her “Inheritance” record - which is flawless if you’re looking for a new worship album.

I want to leave you with the full lyrics of this beautiful hymn. My hope is that you’ll let these lyrics wash over you afresh - even if you can recite them in your sleep.

Holy Spirit, would you come and lead us, draw us back to you. Gently take us by the hand, wooing and calling us further and deeper into Your glorious presence. Be our vision; our complete 360-blueprint. We don’t want to take a single step without you.

“Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that thou art; Thou my best thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my Wisdom, and thou my true Word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father, and I thy true son, Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise; Thou mine inheritance, now and always; Thou and thou only, first in my heart, High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won, May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.”

The Visual Hymnal #2

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