I love the depth of thought, experience, and doctrine found in older hymns. Yes, I’m thankful for the variety of Christian contemporary music being recorded of late; a far cry from the Christian choruses we had in the late 60’s or early 70’s. Some of you may remember (or choose to forget) those days or those songs. 🙂 But the message of most hymns is timeless, and sadly, not heard enough. This is one of my favourites, partly because it has a nice celtic lift, but primarily for the sentiment expressed:
Come, Thou Fount
by Robert Robinson
1. 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.
2. Here I raise to Thee an altar, 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 wand’ring from the fold of God;
He to rescue me from danger interposed His precious blood.
3. O to grace how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness like a fetter bind my wand’ring 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.”
By the way, a lot of hymns are being re-recorded by popular groups, or having new melodies written to enhance their message. Check out Sovereign Grace Ministries. They have some great music, new and old; all of it rich with praise and grace!