Wonderful birth to a manger He came,
Made in the likeness of man,
to proclaim God's boundless love for a world sick with sin,
Pleading with sinners to let Him come in.
Wonderful name He bears,
Wonderful crown He wears,
Wonderful blessings His triumphs afford;
Wonderful Calvary, Wonderful grace for me,
Wonderful love of my Wonderful Lord!
Wonderful life, full of service so free,
Friend to the poor and the needy was He;
Unfailing goodness on all He bestowed,
Undying faith in the vilest He showed.
Wonderful death, for it meant not defeat,
Calvary made His great mission complete,
Wrought our redemption, and when He arose,
Banished for ever the last of our foes.
Wonderful hope, He is coming again,
Coming as King over the nations to reign;
Glorious promise, His word cannot fail,
His righteousness kingdom at last must prevail.
I love these hymns, so full of praise to the Lord! Hymns are the old time "praise and worship" music!
Today in the nmidst of video screens and "house bands", the hymnal has nearly passed to the wayside. So many churches have gotten rid of the pew and the hymnals that rested in them. It's sad really, as hymns are the songs of doctrines, of praise, worship, prayer, sorrow, joy, and thankfulness. They come from the heart, inspired by deep wounds (check out the history of "It Is Well With My Soul" and "Amazing Grace"), joy overflowing, even from scriptures.
It's easy to move along to songs that repeats the same lines over and over, almost mindlessly. It's simple to sing "Jesus" twenty times and sway. But is easy best?
If you have opportunity, pick up a hymnal and read the words. Even if you can't read a lick of music, read the words, let the hymns permeate your mind and heart, and take notice how much scripture you find.
Let it be well with your soul!