I grew up singing hymns and each summer at Greystone we also had a "Hymn of the Year." We sung this hymn every Sunday and during several morning assemblies so by the end of the summer you had it memorized. I am so thankful to have learned and become familiar with so many hymns this way and also through the help of my parents and grandparents. Recently, it seems as if many bands have been recording some of the "old" classics and I have just LOVED hearing all these on the radio. There are so many new mixes to these classics, but the words remain the same. When listening to my favorite hymn today (Come Thou Fount) I asked everyone on Twitter what there favorite hymn was. Many of us share the same favorites; Blessed Assurance, Jesus Christ is Risen Today and Be Thou My Vision to name a few more. The words to these hymns are often so simple, but the meaning so very clear. My very favorite verse of Come Thou Fount is the final verse. It is SO powerful to me- we are all prone to wonder, but we must stay focused on Him.
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.
Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I'm come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor
daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here's my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.
Hymns are a wonderful thing to memorize. I love to sing them to myself and they come in handy when in times of need. So you memorize hymns? What is your favorite hymn?