Monday, May 18, 2009

Hymn Fix

Ok, Y'all...
I love Hymns...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them...and we did not sing ANY yesterday, which is very odd...(Unless you count Amazing Grace [My CHains Fell OFF]...which I DON'T)
So I thought I would get my hymn fix today and leave a little taste of glory Hymns are not the only way to go, but there is something anchoring and deep about them in my I am feeling deprived.

This Hymn Story comes from a book, the name of which escapes me, but I believe the author's name is Ken Osbeck...if you love hymns,. I would highly encourage you to buy his books. I believe he has two or three.

Saved By Grace

In the period of 1870 to her death in 1915, it is estimated that Fanny Crosby wrote between 8,000 and 9,000 gospel hymn texts. The majority of her lasting favorites were written in her mid-life during the decade of the 1870’s. These include popular hymns still found in our hymnals as “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Blessed Assurance,” Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,” “I Am Thine, O Lord’” and “Praise Him, Praise Him!” Fanny Crosby’s favorite motto was, “I think life is not too long, and therefore I determine that many people will read a song who would not read a sermon.”
“Saved by Grace” was one of the later hymns written by Fanny Crosby, in 1891, when she was 71 years of age. It became one of the most widely used hymns, during the closing years of the Moody-Sankey evangelistic ministry. It was prompted by a tract, read to Fanny Crosby containing the final message of a pastor friend, who had recently died. The statement which greatly moved her was: “If each of us is faithful to the grace which is given us by Christ, that same grace which teaches us to live will also teach us to die.” Fanny Crosby completed the poem in a matter of minutes under a sense of divine inspiration. She titled her poem “Some Day” and often referred to it as her “heart’s song.” After completing the poem, she sent it to her publisher and received her customary two-dollar check. The publisher filed the poem and nothing more was heard of it for the next three years.
In the summer of 1894, Fanny Crosby was attending the Christian Worker’s Conference in Northfield, Massachusetts, a ministry that Mr. Moody had established in 1879. When it was learned that the noted poetess was on the grounds, there was a request for her to address the group. Amidst her remarks, she quoted her “heart’s song” – the poem “Some Day.” When she finished, there was not a dry eye in the auditorium.
“Saved By Grace” became one of the personal favorites of both Moody and Sankey and was used at nearly every service. it is said that you could see Moody sitting on the platform with a far-off look in his eyes, while tears ran down his ruddy, whiskered cheeks whenever it was sung.

Some day the silver cord will break, and I no more as now shall sing; But O the joy when I shall wake within the palace of the King!
And I shall see Him face to face, and tell the story—Saved by grace; And I shall see Him face to face, and tell the story—Saved by grace.

Some day my earthly house will fall—I cannot tell how soon ‘twill be; But this I know—my All in All has now a place in heav’n for me.

Some day, when fades the golden sun beneath the rosy tinted west, my blessed Lord will say, “Well done!” And I shall enter into rest.

Some day—til then I’ll watch and wait, My lamp all trimmed and burning bright, that when my Savior opens the gate, my soul to Him may take flight.

Highlights of the life of Fanny Crosby, often called the “Queen of Gospel Hymnody”:
Was blinded at six weeks old through an improper medical treatment. She never considered her blindness a handicap, but rather, a blessing.
Early in life, she began memorizing the Bible and couple repeat by rote, the entire Pentateuch, all four Gospels, many of the Psalms, all of the Proverbs, as well as the entire books of Ruth and Song of Solomon. She stated at the close of her life, “The Holy Book has nurtured my entire life.”
She was known for her musical abilities as well as her abilities to write poetry. She had a fine soprano voice as well as being accomplished in playing the guitar, harp, piano and organ.
Fanny Crosby was very small—less than five feet tall and she weighed no more than one hundred pounds. She is said to have been a physically unattractive person, yet when she spoke, it is said that there was an unusual charisma about her, as her face lit up with an expression that gave her great charm and attractiveness.
Though she had written a great deal of poetry as well as a number of secular songs in her early life, it was not until 1865 that fanny Crosby wrote her first gospel song. From that time on, Fanny felt that writing gospel hymn texts was her particular mission in life.
Fanny was always eager to hear any reports regarding personal conversions as a result of the use of her hymns. It was her continual prayer that God would allow her to be the means of leading a million souls to Christ during her lifetime.

I hope you enjoyed my hymn fix!


Anonymous said...

I love hymns too and attended churches for over 10 years that didn't sing hymns, except maybe a few times every year, mostly at Christmas time.

My daughters and I sing hymns everyday during our worship time in the morning. Until 18 months ago, they didn't even know what a hymn was. I was very sad about that. Now they can't get enough of them. They do their chores most of the time singing a wonderful hymn. What a blessing that is.

robert said...

Glad to hear of your appreciation for the hymns and gospel songs of the church. I share your enthusiasm. Have written a weekly newspaper column on the subject for years (over 600 of them now), and have a book on the subject coming out this fall.

One newer venture is my blog, Wordwise Hymns. Last may, I was asking, "What on earth's a blog?" And now I'm up to my proverbial neck in blogs. Each day, I post an article about things that happened in hymn history on that particular date. The response, from all other the world, has been enthusiastic.

You mention Ken Osbeck's books. Yes, good recommendation. I think I have 4 of them on the shelf here, along with dozens of other books on the subject of hymns. Have you seen the brand new book Abide with Me, by John Parker. With some absolutely gorgeous photographs, it tells the story of some famous British hymn writers. Comes complete with a CD. You might enjoy it. Meanwhile, I invite you to visit my blog site. God bless.