Beautiful Old Church Hymns Songs, From The Old Rugged Cross to Rock of Ages Cleft For Me, Are A Firm Foundation

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Love Old Church Hymns and Songs

Leaving a spiritual legacy with hymns

Call us old fashioned but many of us in the Sandwich Generation love the beautiful old church hymns and songs as much as we love the contemporary praise and worship hymn songs and music. That’s true even for many of us in the baby boomer generation who grew up on the Beatles, Donavan, and the Monkees. The old hymns are such a delightful and restful way for us to worship God as well as taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5)

How Firm a Foundation

Some of these lovely old church hymns and songs, like How Firm a Foundation, include encouraging Bible verses to fill our hearts, like, “Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed, For I am thy God” from the song lyrics is almost word for word from one of my favorite encouraging Bible verses,  Isaiah 41:10 (Darby), “Fear not, for I [am] with thee; be not dismayed, for I [am] thy God”

For lovely old fashioned Christian church hymns try Best of the Hymns series which includes this lovely version of The Old Rugged Cross hymn song on mp3

The Old Rugged Cross

Other old church hymns and songs, like my senior dad’s favoriteThe Old Rugged Cross, have great hymn stories behind them so that learning their history adds to their richness. Click here to read the story behind The Old Rugged Cross.

Rock of Ages

And some old church hymns songs, like Rock of Ages Cleft For Me, are an extra special encouragement and comfort for those who are caring for elderly parents in their family who are reaching the end of their walk here on earth and can appreciate the sweet balm of the music as they are dealing with grief while handling the many questions from the hospital or hospice team. Don’t you love these lyrics, “While I draw this fleeting breath, when mine eyes shall close in death, when I soar to worlds unknown, see Thee on thy judgment throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.”

As Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 5:8:

“we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord”

and also:

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Philippians 1:21 (KJV)

Leaving a Spiritual Legacy

It’s such a joy to also share these lovely old church hymns songs with our grandchildren. As we cultivate a love of the old blended with the delight of the new, we are sharing with them a rich history and heritage that will mean these favorite hymns will continue on – full of your own sweet family memories of times spent together. A special way of leaving a spiritual legacy in their hearts.

Old church hymns songs bless grandkids too

Below is a gorgeous rendition of the hymn, Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me, focused on exactly that (the last verse), performed by Vestal Goodman, from A Tribute to Howard and Vestal Goodman – With Bill and Gloria Gaithers and Their Homecoming FriendsVestal Goodman went home to be with the Lord in 2003.

I first heard of Vestal Goodman and her ministries and songs just a few months ago and was so blessed, and have been again today. Talk about a wonderful and powerful legacy to leave! That’s our goal for our Sandwich Generation families, isn’t it? We may not have a video out or sing on TV. But our best audience, our senior parents, our children, our grandchildren we take care of – they are watching us. We are leaving a spiritual legacy one way or another. Lord willing, we are leaving a powerful testimony of God’s power and love in our lives and in our love and nurture of them.

Wasn’t that powerful! I was so blessed by it and hope you were as well. You should see the huge smile on my face, intermixed with tears streaming down it! Truly one of my favorite old church hymns and sung so wonderfully by a woman of God who is now living what she was then singing about.

Christian Encouragement

Have a blessed week. And for more Christian encouragement, click here.

Kaye 

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Comments 17

  • Such a beautiful post! I’m intrigued by all the songs you wrote about. The older hymns are definitely a comfort when we need the word of the Lord ringing through our minds.

    Your post has blessed me and I’m sure it will bless others.

    Thank you for your heart poured out.

    Blessings upon you, Kaye, as you care for your parents. I cared for my mother and it was such a blessing to me and to our children. Their grandmother was an integral part of their lives and they have unforgettable memories!

  • I love the old hymns. My mother ised to play them on her piano and I sat and listened. There is much healing in many of the wrds. One of my favoureds is Blessed Assurance and Oh lamb of God I come. Bless you

  • What a lovely and heartfelt post.

  • Hi Kaye, I love this post because I too love the old hymns so much. Thank you for your insight about our favorite hymns that are tried and true.
    Blessings, Jeanne

  • I love the old hymns too, Kaye. That was a wonderful video. Blessings ~

  • Hi Cathy, Thank you. It definitely gave me goose bumps! 🙂

  • Hi Jeanne, Thank you. 🙂 They are such a joy and delight – full of words of encouragement for us all.

  • What sweet family memories, Crystal Mary. Those are two of the sweet old hymns I also love! 🙂 Did you know there’s a bit of a Sandwich Generation history to Blessed Assurance? 🙂 Very interesting.

  • Oh Janis, what sweet family memories you shared – and what a wonderful legacy for your whole family! Thank you for sharing that joy with us.

  • You are so right that we need to continue to treasure these older hymns. Sometimes I am guilty myself of wanting to just sing “new” songs, but these old songs have such depth and meaning that we should always return to them as well. I also want my kids to know them. I can’t imagine if they didn’t!

  • This is so beautiful. I think it’s true that no one has ever or will ever sing it as well as Vestal. Our church has three Sunday morning services. The first one sings all hymns. The second one is blended, and the third one is totally contemporary. We go to the second service. It is always packed even more so since they changed it from all the services being the same. I think most people do like a blend. I know I do. We should not abandon the old hymns altogether. Except for the music the three services are identical.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

  • Hi Charlotte, We have a similar option at our current church – hymns first service., contemporary second service. Our old church was experiencing growing pains so we had two services and both services had a traditional hymns in the main sanctuary with contemporary in another room and a video feed. We went there but were thrilled that they actually intermixed the old and the new, though with a bit of a contemporary feel. Like you, I love them all. And I praise God for the way He uses it in all our lives, including my grandkids! 🙂

  • love love Vestal’s powerful voice! This was such a beautiful post Kaye… thanks! I’m so glad i stopped by…:)

    Have a beautiful weekend.

    Love,
    Ruth

  • Hi Ruth, It is gorgeous isn’t it! I’m actually reading the biography of Vestal Goodman right now and being blessed by that as well! 🙂

  • Does anyone have the lyrics of a song that we sung in church in the the 50s? The title may have been, “How Much I Owe”. There was a line, “Ten million years may come and go, I cannot tell how much I owe”.

    Thanks,
    Bob

  • Hi Bob,

    Could it be:

    If you click this link – it takes you to a Google-scanned old hymnal and its in the middle of the hymn 48 – I think might be what you are looking for – no title in the book but includes the lyrics for verses 9-19:

    Ten Million years in fire and smoke
    amidst the livid flame
    Will gain no credit on Thy book
    the debt is still the same

    But if by Christ my soul is freed
    He will my surety stand
    and every mite will then be paid
    which justice can demand

    https://books.google.com/books?id=up8OAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA55&lpg=PA55&dq=ten+million+AND+how+much+I+owe+AND+hymn&source=bl&ots=2Bhc6uTMVe&sig=ZD_qFl3Yj3_H2xQzbnpw2VXy6JM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCsQ6AEwBGoVChMIxPaZwq2QyQIVyBseCh0Legt4#v=onepage&q=ten%20million%20AND%20how%20much%20I%20owe%20AND%20hymn&f=false

    I also found How Much I Owe by Robert Murray McCheyne 1813-1843 at

    http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/w/t/wtpwidon.htm

    With the lyrics

    When this passing world is done,
    When has sunk yon glaring sun,
    When we stand with Christ in glory,
    Looking o’er life’s finished story,
    Then, Lord, shall I fully know—
    Not till then—how much I owe.

    When I hear the wicked call,
    On the rocks and hills to fall,
    When I see them start and shrink
    On the fiery deluge brink,
    Then, Lord, shall I fully know—
    Not till then—how much I owe.

    When I stand before the throne,
    Dressed in beauty not my own,
    When I see Thee as Thou art,
    Love Thee with unsinning heart,
    Then Lord, shall I fully know—
    Not till then—how much I owe.

    When the praise of Heav’n I hear,
    Loud as thunders to the ear,
    Loud as many waters’ noise,
    Sweet as harp’s melodious voice,
    Then, Lord, shall I fully know—
    Not till then—how much I owe.

    Even on earth, as through a glass
    Darkly, let Thy glory pass,
    Make forgiveness feel so sweet,
    Make Thy Spirit’s help so meet,
    Even on earth, Lord, make me know
    Something of how much I owe.

    Chosen not for good in me,
    Wakened up from wrath to flee,
    Hidden in the Savior’s side,
    By the Spirit sanctified,
    Teach me, Lord, on earth to show,
    By my love, how much I owe.

    Oft I walk beneath the cloud,
    Dark, as midnight’s gloomy shroud;
    But, when fear is at the height,
    Jesus comes, and all is light;
    Blessed Jesus! bid me show
    Doubting saints how much I owe.

    When in flowery paths I tread,
    Oft by sin I’m captive led;
    Oft I fall—but still arise—
    The Spirit comes—the tempter flies;
    Blessed Spirit! bid me show
    Weary sinners all I owe.

    Oft the nights of sorrow reign—
    Weeping, sickness, sighing, pain;
    But a night Thine anger burns—
    Morning comes and joy returns;
    God of comforts! bid me show
    To Thy poor, how much I owe.

    Hopefully one of these is it?

    We’d love to hear

    Kaye

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