Author: John Bowring (1825)
This hymn was probably inspired by Galatians 6:14: “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (ESV). The first stanza expands on this verse, while the second and third stanzas deal with the meaning of the cross in times of pain and pleasure, and the peace and joy it brings regardless of circumstance. The fourth stanza summarizes the previous ones.
Author: Reginald Heber (1826)
Tune: NICEA (Dykes)
Author: Carolina Sandell (1855)
Translator: Ernst W. Olson;
Tune: TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA
Author: Carl P. Daw
Author: Francis H. Rowley (1886)
Tune: [I will sing the wondrous story] (Bilhorn)
In Psalm 66, the psalmist says, “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul” (Psalm 66:16 ESV). In this hymn, we declare the goodness of God in calling us to Himself and in continuing to guide us until the end of our lives.
Over the next couple of years Hymnary.org will be undergoing a new strategic planning process, and to prepare we have been thinking about the future of congregational song. What are the long-term trends? Where will we be in ten years? As one way of approaching these questions, we looked at trends in hymnal publishing. Hymnary.org indexes nearly 6,000 hymnals that have been published in the United States and Canada.