If you've been in church for any length of time, at some point you'll probably have heard one of the great hymns. Many churches today still use them regularly. In our church, we worship with a mix of contemporary song and hymns.
There are many reasons that believers love hymns- but for me, the best thing about hymns is the stories behind them. A few of my favourites are:
- "Abide with Me" was written in 1847 . Henry Francis Lyte delivered his final sermon, a few days before passing from Tuberculosis.
- "It is Well with My Soul" was written by Horatio Spafford is 1873 on a on his way to his grieving wife after learning of the death of his daughters.
"Amazing Grace" was written by John Newton who, after years as a
hardened slave trader, met Jesus Christ and abruptly turned to defend the gospel he had so long despised. His tombstone reads: "John Newton, Clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had long labored to destroy."
There are countless stories behind hymns like these, but it seems that overwhelmingly each hymn is a great example of God providing people strength when they rely on Him.
What's your favourite hymn story?