Archives For Hymns

When the scriptures speak of the God of all Comfort meeting us in our pain and encouraging us to comfort others with the comfort we are given, I think of William Cowper. He suffered tragedy in his life and was often assaulted by depression that drove him to suicidal despair. Yet, Cowper has given the church some of her most beloved texts. This one, “God Moves in A Mysterious Way”, was originally titled “Conflict: Light shining out of Darkness.” It was published in 1779 and has been a source of great encouragement for those who struggle with doubt and despair yet cling to a Sovereign God.

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

Lyrics: William Cowper

William Cowper

David Ward over at Reformed Praise has set the hymn to a new arrangement titled “You Are Mysterious.” He retains Cowpers lyrics and adds the chorus:

You are mysterious, my Lord,
Yet You reveal to me Your Word.
So come and take my anxious fears –
It’s all for good, so dry these tears;
You are mysterious, my Lord.

Listen to it here.

Chord Chart  / Piano Score / Lead Sheet


The Hymns That Endure

September 13, 2012


This is from the Cardiphonia blog:

Here are a couple of great resources for you research geeks exploring the most popular hymns in the (western) world.  This post to keep you thinking as you fill out the Wendell Kimbrough Essential Songs Survey.

These are the 250 hymns published the most frequently in modern hymnals indexed by

Christianity Today
The hymns that keep on going”  – The top 27 hymns published in hymnals in the last few centuries.

Stephen Marini
Most Frequently Published Evangelical Hymns, 1737-1860  (PDF)


Just to keep things interesting here is also a list of the top CCLI songs published between 1997-2012 including the top 200 from CCLI’s “Song Select” service.


From Tim Chester’s blog. This is very well done.

Here’s a new hymn based on Titus 3:3-8. The metre is 8787D. We currently sing it to the tune of ‘Here is Love’.

We Were Foolish (God Our Saviour)

We were foolish, disobedient,
filled with malice, envy, spite.
But our Father showed us mercy,
and he saved us from our plight.
For God’s love appeared among us,
and it bore a human face.
God our Saviour, how we love you
for your kindness and your grace.

2. We were blinded, slaves to passions,
could not see the love he’d shown.
But the Spirit’s life washed through us,
made us new and led us home.
He was poured out on us freely
to renew our human race.
God our Saviour, how we love you
for your kindness and your grace.

3. We were facing condemnation,
but our Saviour took our place.
Jesus Christ has died to save us:
we are justified by grace.
We are heirs of life eternal,
we will see him face to face.
God our Saviour, how we love you
for your kindness and your grace.

(c) Tim Chester, 2012

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