“Day by Day”
“Low in the Grave He Lie”
The stanzas and refrain of this hymn present a contrast between the buried Jesus and the risen Jesus. In the stanzas, He was buried, awaiting the appointed time of resurrection, and there was nothing that could keep Him in the grave – the guards tried, and Death tried, but they were no match for our Lord. The refrain is a jubilant celebration of the Resurrection. Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
“Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”
Revelation 5:9 describes this eschatological scene of joy and glory: “And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God members of every tribe and language and nation.’” In the glorious hymn, “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!” author William C. Dix invites us to sing that new song of praise to our ascended Savior. This hymn is a declaration of Jesus’ victory over death, and his continued presence among his people.
“Sweet Hour of Prayer”
Sometimes during His earthly ministry, Jesus would withdraw to a secluded place to pray (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, etc.). The early church followed His practice of regular prayer (Acts 2:42), and Paul encouraged its continuance in some of his letters. He wrote, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2 ESV). This hymn is an expression of the joy that can come when believers, individually and corporately, pray regularly.
“Just as I Am, Without One Plea”
Volunteers added or edited the following hymnals:
"Hymns for the Living Age" published by The Century Co., New York, in 1923
"His Voice of Love" published by James D. Vaughan, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., in 1924
"Joyful Praise" published by Jennings & Pye, Cincinnati, in 1902
"New Songs of Praise and Power, 1-2-3 combined" published by Hall-Mack Co., Philadelphia, in 1922
"Hymns of the Heart" published by Methodist Book Concern, New York, in 1914
"Millennial Revival" published by James D. Vaughan, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., in 1928
"Sifted Wheat" published by Lorenz & Co., Dayton in 1898
“I Must Tell Jesus”
“I Must Tell Jesus” is a hymn that encourages those who are struggling by reminding them that they do not bear their burdens alone, but have Christ to help them along their journey. There are several scriptures alluded to in this hymn, but the one that stands out is Hebrews 2:18 which says, “He is able to help all those who are being tempted.” No matter the struggle or burden, Jesus will be with his people to bear their burdens.
“Have Thine Own Way, Lord”
After having her hopes of doing missionary work crushed, hymn author Adelaide Pollard became inspired to write a hymn about God working in her life. Written in just a single night, “Have Thine own way, Lord” quickly got published in multiple hymnals. The hymn gives full control over to God, begging him to transform our lives and to work his will in everyone. This classic hymn has reminded generations of believers to submit to God’s will at all times and in all circumstances.
“I Want Jesus to Walk With Me”
Though this spiritual focuses on a plea for Jesus to walk alongside us, there is an element of assurance that His answer is “yes.” As the psalmist writes, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4, ESV). As this song is sung, think about what it means to constantly have the presence of God, even when no human companionship is available.
“America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates
Each stanza of this hymn combines appreciation of America's beauty with prayers to God for His blessings on and aid for the nation. In petitioning God to “mend [America's] every flaw,” we acknowledge our imperfection as a country. In praying for the unity of brotherhood “from sea to shining sea,” we acknowledge that the disunity that exists is undesirable.