When I was little, before my family was sent out as missionaries, we went to a traditional church. Every couple of years when we came back on home assignment, we traveled among traditional churches to raise support. If you asked me what was the thing I disliked the most about those churches, I would quickly respond “HYMNS!”
Now you have to understand, when we first moved to Venezuela we were a little shocked at the music on Sunday mornings. They had instruments that you would never ever see in a traditional church. Electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone, and plenty of other instruments would be used here and there. It was amazing! And the great thing, was even though they did popular worship music, they also incorporated hymns that I grew up listening to, and made them sound cool. So as you can imagine, when we would come back to the states, having to hear them stripped down, and sung accompanied by pianos and organs, I got bored really quickly.
So naturally Hymns have always gotten under my skin, even to this day hearing them accompanied by a piano only, makes me feel weird inside.
But lately I’ve been on this kick of just reading hymns, reading them out loud. No music. And the truth is, I get chills with almost every song I read. Knowing that these songs have been sung for centuries, and that the words back then still apply today in such a huge way (except for the thou, thee, art, nighs, ect.)
Here is the one I am the most into right now. Just read it. Don’t sing it. Just read.
“I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.”
That is so powerful! Did you get chills!? I still do. It’s cool that God can use something that once had such a bad taste in your mouth, and use it to convict you. God is awesome about that.