Welcome!  Hymns have been and continue to be a real source of inspiration to me.  My desire in this blog is to share special hymns with my readers hoping that the words will minister to them, especially in times of great personal need.  If one of these hymns ministers to you, please take time to leave a comment so that I know that my blog is helping others as much as it helps me. Sometimes I will also provide a link where you can go to hear the hymn played.  So, please join me here each week and sing along as we praise God together.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

OH IT IS WONDERFUL



          Throughout our lives we encounter many things which really excite us such as the birth of a child, a job promotion, a victory by a favorite team, a special vacation or falling in love.  But all of these pale in the light of the love that Jesus showed in what He has done for us.  Who else would give his life to save helpless sinners?  In 1898 Charles Gabriel (1856-1932) penned his reaction in the words  "I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me ... That for me, a sinner, He suffered, He bled, and died."  He went on to add a chorus which says "Oh, it is wonderful that He should care for me!  Enough to die for me!  Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!"  And indeed His love is amazing and wonderful and that should be a theme of our hearts every day. Gabriel was born in Wilton, Iowa, and raised on a farm. His father led singing schools in their home and young Charles developed an interest in music. It is said that he taught himself to play the family's reed organ. Even though he never had any formal training in music, he began about the age of 17 to travel and lead his own shape note singing schools in various locations.  He is said to have written and/or composed between 7,000 and 8,000 songs, many of which are still available in 21st century hymnals. He used several pseudonyms, including Charlotte G. Homer, H. A. Henry, Charles Marsh and S. B. Jackson and as a result he often doesn't get recognized for writing familiar hymns such as "O That Will Be Glory", "He is So Precious to Me", "He Lifted Me", "The Way of the Cross Leads Home", "Just When I Need Him Most", "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart",  "I Need Jesus", and  "Send The Light".  In this week's hymn choice Gabriel marvels at how Jesus transcended from His throne divine to extend His great love to sinners such as us.  He is amazed that He would be pierced and die to pay our debt.  And he looks forward to the day when He will praise and adore the Lord and kneel at the glorified throne. And those realities should make us raise our hearts and voices in amazement saying, Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!  Yes, it is amazing and wonderful!


1.     I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully He proffers me;
I tremble to know that for me He was crucified—
That for me, a sinner, He suffered, He bled, and died.
Oh, it is wonderful that He should care for me!
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

2.     I marvel that He would descend from His throne divine,
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine;
That He should extend His great love unto such as I;
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.
Oh, it is wonderful that He should care for me!
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

3.     I think of His hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
No, no! I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at His feet.
Oh, it is wonderful that He should care for me!
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

Listen to it here.   LISTEN

Sunday, August 11, 2019

BURDENS ARE LIFTED AT CALVARY


        Recently I was going through a phase where I was very discouraged.  My wife and I had been facing a number of physical challenges, including surgeries.   Now we were facing more problems - they just didn't seem to end.  And because of these we had to cancel a favorite vacation trip that we had looked forward to.  I must admit that at times I began to question where God was in all of this.  But I knew down deep that He was there and that He cared.  So I  sat down to listen to some old hymns and decided to play a new CD that had just arrived - "Hymns From Home" by the Collingsworth Family (see link below).  And the Lord ministered to me through these old hymns which I used to sing earlier in my life.  I miss them.  But the one that I needed the most at that point was "Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary".  I hadn't heard that one in years.  It was written in 1952 by John M. Moore who was raised by godly parents and accepted Christ when he was sixteen years old.  In his own words he described how this week's hymn was written.  
          "The company secretary of a large shipping firm telephoned the Seaman's Chapel and requested that I visit a young merchant seaman who was lying critically ill in a Glasgow hospital. After getting permission from the nursing sister, I went in to visit the young sailor. I talked for a few moments and then put my hand in my case for a tract, not knowing which one I would pull out. It happened to be a tract based on 'Pilgrim's Progress', with a color reproduction of Pilgrim coming to the cross with a great burden on his back. I showed the young seaman this picture and told him the story in brief, adding that Pilgrim's experience had been my experience too. I explained that when I came to the cross of Christ, my burden rolled away and my sense of sin and guilt before God was removed. He nodded his head when I asked him, 'Do you feel this burden on your back today?' We prayed together and never shall I forget the smile of peace and assurance that lit up his face when he said that his burden was lifted!  Later that night, sitting by the fireside with paper and pen, I could not get the thought out of my mind - his burden is lifted! I started writing, but never for a moment did I imagine that this little hymn would become a favorite."  
          Are you carrying a burden of sin?  If you are, come to the Lord and He will take it.  Or are you carrying the burdens that are part of life, like I was?  Then give those burdens to the Lord and experience the peace that only He can give.  This song not only reminds us that our sin burden was lifted at Calvary, but it also reminds us that Jesus can do the "heavy lifting" of our other burdens. He has commanded us to cast our cares upon Him for He cares for us.  He takes the burden and the worry and the care of those problems, and He carries them for us.

1.     Days are filled with sorrow and care
Hearts are lonely and drear
Burdens are Lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near
Chorus:
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Calvary, Calvary 
Burdens are lifted at Calvary 
Jesus is very near

2.     Cast your care on Jesus today
Leave your worry and fear 
Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary
Jesus is very near
Chorus:
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Calvary, Calvary 
Burdens are lifted at Calvary 
Jesus is very near

3.     Troubled soul, the Savior can see 
Every heartache and tear 
Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary
Jesus is very near 
Chorus:
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Calvary, Calvary 
Burdens are lifted at Calvary 
Jesus is very near

Listen to it here    CALVARY

Sunday, August 4, 2019

THERE IS ROOM AT THE CROSS FOR YOU (TH)


TIMELESS HYMN #31- A special feature where I highlight some of my favorite hymns that I have previously featured in this blog.  These entries are revised and expanded and shared again for your encouragement and challenge. This hymn was originally shared here on January 18, 2009.


         My father-in-law was called home eleven years ago at the age of 96 and he had requested that this hymn be played or sung at his funeral.  Written by Ira Stamphill, the message of the hymn is one that my father-in-law shared with almost everyone he met.  He knew that the Lord had made him a new creation and the desire of his heart was to see others come to the Lord and experience the same transformation that he did.  He often shared that the Lord had pulled him out of the miry clay and set his feet on the rock to stay.  And indeed the Lord had done that to him. His transformation was amazing. While we felt that he definitely had the gift of evangelism, he denied this.  He said that all Christians had the mandate to share the Gospel and that he was only doing what the Lord called him to do. He fearlessly shared the good news with everyone in a gentle, loving manner.  And many responded and accepted the Lord as their Savior.  So in memory of him and his faithful life before the Lord, I felt that I needed to again share this hymn and this message with others.  He would have wanted this. The hymn has an important reminder for those who have never accepted the free gift of salvation.  We don't know how many years, days, hours or even minutes one might have remaining to make this eternal decision.  But at this moment there is still room at the cross for you to do so. So, if you've never experienced the joy of the new life in Christ, then today there is still time to do it. His grace is so free and sufficient for you. Accept Him today, don't put it off another minute.  You can experience the joy of sins forgiven and a new direction in life.  Don't delay.

(1)    The cross upon which Jesus died
Is a shelter in which we can hide
And its grace so free is sufficient for me
And deep is its fountain as wide as the sea.
Chorus:
There's room at the cross for you
There's room at the cross for you
Though millions have come, there's still room for one
Yes there's room at the cross for you.

(2)   Though millions have found him a friend
And have turned from the sins they have sinned
The Savior still waits to open the gates
And welcome a sinner before it's too late.
Chorus:
There's room at the cross for you
There's room at the cross for you
Though millions have come, there's still room for one
Yes there's room at the cross for you.

(3)   The hand of my Savior is strong
And the love of my Savior is long
Through sunshine or rain, through loss or in gain,
The blood flows from Calvary to cleanse every stain.
Chorus:
There's room at the cross for you
There's room at the cross for you
Though millions have come, there's still room for one
Yes there's room at the cross for you.

You can listen to it here.  ROOM

Sunday, July 28, 2019

ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD



        "...without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins", Hebrews 9:22.  The blood is necessary for man's salvation in God's eternal plan.  Before the death of Christ animals were sacrificed so that their blood would cover the sins of those making the sacrifice. "By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God." (Hebrews 10:10–12)  This passage from Hebrews draws a contrast between the animal sacrifices and Christ's sacrifice. The former could never take away sins, but when Christ shed his own blood, it was a once and for all sacrifice that removes sins.  In 1878 Elisha Hoffman shared this truth by writing a hymn that asks the reader if they have been restored and redeemed by the love and power of Jesus. Its powerful lyrics inquire into the commitments of its audience to their savior, the Son of God.   Hoffman was born in Pennsylvania to German parents. His father served as a pastor for over 60 years, and this probably influenced Elisha's decision to enter ministry. After attending public schools in Philadelphia, Elisha went on to study classics at Union Seminary. He was ordained as a minister in 1868, and he pastored for many years at churches in Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. As a pastor, Elisha was committed to drawing his people into worship, and during his lifetime, he composed over 2,000 hymns such as "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms", "I Must Tell Jesus", "Down at the Cross and "Glory to His Name". He also helped to edit numerous music publications. The question Hoffman asks in this hymn is a critical question.  If you ask a person today if they are going to heaven, many will reply in the affirmative.  If you then ask them why, they might answer something like, "I've lived a good life and never been in trouble", "I've volunteered and helped the needy", "I've attended church regularly and even sung in the choir", or "I've lived by the Golden Rule".  But those answers are all examples of works and it is not by works that one is saved.  It is by God's grace and the provision of the blood of Christ to take away our sins that we are forgiven and redeemed. "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin."(1 John 1:7). Unfortunately the power and necessity of the blood is seldom taught in many churches today.  Many think it is too old fashioned.  But the truth is that without the blood there is no forgiveness of our sins. Hoffman concludes this challenging song with an invitation to accept Jesus as your Savior.  Are you washed in the blood?


1.     Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow'r?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

2.     Are you walking daily by the Savior's side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

3.     When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

4.     Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There's a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Listen to it here.   LAMB

Sunday, July 21, 2019

AM I A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS?


         The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV), "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.   And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people."  Isaac Watts, the father of hymn writing in the English language, understood the reality of spiritual warfare. His father was not a member of the state church in England and twice was thrown into jail for opposing it, so that when he was a baby his mother often carried him in her arms to visit his father in prison.   He became a minister in London. He was a little man, only about five feet tall. His health was very poor all his life, but his church took loving care of him, for he was greatly liked. Early in life he became wearied with the versified Psalms which the churches used and set out to compose hymns of his own. This was a new departure and met with persistent opposition, but his hymns soon became widely popular in nearly all the churches.  This particular hymn was written by Dr. Watts in 1709, to follow a sermon on 1 Corinthians 16:13, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."  The hymn remains a poignant reminder that while the Christian life has many blessings, the journey is not without its own battles along the way.  Watts asks some pointed questions in the short verses of this hymn. "Shall I fear to own His cause or blush to speak His name?"  "Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease,  while others fought to win the prize and sailed thru bloody seas?"  He asks the Lord to increase his courage.  And then he ends with the promise, "I'll bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy word."  Yes, we face many battles during our journey here on earth and we must take a stand against the devil's many schemes.  But we have the full armor needed for these battles and we can live secure in the knowledge and assurance that with our Leader we are on the victory side.  So stand firm!  Are you a soldier of the cross?

(1)      Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause
or blush to speak His name?

(2)      Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize
And sailed thru bloody seas?

(3)      Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

(4)      Sure I must fight if I would reign:
Increase my courage, Lord;
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy word.

Listen to it here.         SOLDIER

Sunday, July 14, 2019

A PERFECT HEART



        Dony and Reba Rambo-McGuire were invited to vacation with their friends on a houseboat on a lake near Nashville.  They had determined to work diligently on their song writing during that time, and they did so. They prayed earnestly that the Lord would do something special through them that week. At the end of the week they had completed a number of songs and done some work on a musical. According to Reba, "On the very last morning we were to be on the boat, Dony got up very early to try to catch a catfish for breakfast ... I was so full of faith in his fishing ability that I proceeded to the kitchen and started to cook bacon and eggs ... The sun was peeking over the hills and a mist was rising from the water. It was a glorious morning. I looked out of a small porthole and caught a glimpse of Dony with a strange look on his face. ... I couldn't explain it, but I knew something good was about to happen. I turned off the burners where I was cooking and removed the food. I gathered our song writing materials and sat down to wait for him to come in ... When he came in a few minutes later, he sat down before a small electric piano and began to play. As he played what the Lord was giving to him, I began to write lyrics as they were being given to me. That kind of inspiration had only occurred a few times in our short song writing career together. It was as if God was saying, 'You've been faithful in your praying and studying for a week, now I'm going to give you something just because I have the power to do so.' I wrote as fast as I could write while Dony continued to play. We both completed the whole composition and have never changed a word or the musical setting ... It became our 'little lake song.' We used it for a time around our offices as a devotional song and sang it at a few small churches. One day Bill Gaither came by our offices and heard us singing it during one of our devotional periods. He asked where we got it. We told him it was our 'lake song.' He expressed such a keen interest in it that Dony made a tape of it for him. That started it on its way."   The result of their "little lake song" was a beautiful song of praise of the only One who can make a perfect heart.  For 25 years we had a family ministry and while we were setting up our equipment for a Sunday morning program I would often play a tape of this song.  It would calm my spirit and prepare my heart for worship and ministry.  It would also remind me that the One who we were representing is the only one who could change the hearts of those who would be in attendance that day.  May the Lord use this song to calm your spirit today as you are filled with love as He makes in you a new and perfect heart.


Morning song, the light of creation
Grassy fields, of velvet flow
Silver clouds are shimmering curtain
God has designed a perfect world

I am amazed at His talents
I stand in awe of One so great
And now my soul begins to sing out
To the source from which it came

Bless the Lord
Who reigns in beauty
Bless the Lord
Who reigns with wisdom and in power
Bless the Lord
Who reigns my life with so much love
He will make in me a new and perfect heart

Bless the Lord
Who reigns in beauty
Bless the Lord
Who reigns with wisdom and in power
Bless the Lord
Who reigns my life with so much love
He will make in me a new and perfect heart

God will make in me a new and perfect heart
A new, a perfect heart

Bless the Lord who reigns in beauty
Bless the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power
Bless the Lord who reigns my life with so much love
He can make a perfect heart

Listen to it here (you may need to skip the ad if it appears).   PERFECT

Sunday, July 7, 2019

ABIDE WITH ME (TH)


TIMELESS HYMN - Another revised and repeated blog of one of the great hymns of the faith - Abide With Me - originally shared on March 14, 2010.


          This hymn is one of those which I believe is being lost to present and future generations because it is seldom sung anymore. That is sad because it really is a special testimony hymn which I never fully appreciated myself until I did a brief study of its history. I often thought of this hymn at times when I was perplexed and challenged by all the changes around me. Then I would recall the words of the second verse, "Change and decay in all around I see, O Thou who changest not, abide with me." And that itself is a powerful prayer in the day in which we live. But the real impact of this hymn may come when you realize why it was written. The author, Henry F. Lyte (1793-1847), was known as a man frail in body but strong in faith and spirit. His health was continually threatened by asthma and tuberculosis. He is said to be the one who coined the phrase, "it is better to wear out than to rust out." Wherever he ministered it is said that he was greatly loved and admired by his people. For the last twenty-three years of his life he pastored a poor parish church among fishing people in England. His health became progressively worse so he was forced to seek a warmer climate in Italy. For his last sermon to his poor parishioners, in 1847, he nearly had to crawl to the pulpit and his message came from a dying man. He told his folks that it was his desire to "induce you to prepare for the solemn hour which must come to all by a timely appreciation and dependence on the death of Christ." It is said that he penned the words of this hymn just before his last Sunday in his church. On his trip to Italy he died in France, three weeks after writing this hymn. So this hymn is really the testimony of one who knew he would soon die. Remember this as you read these words.  Make this your prayer and testimony during the days that the Lord gives you before calling you home.

(1)   Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

(2)   Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
.
(3)   I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me
.
(4)   I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

(5)   Hold Thou Thy Word before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Listen to the hymn here. ABIDE

Sunday, June 30, 2019

SINCE THE FULLNESS OF HIS LOVE CAME IN



        Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (1851-1920) was educated in the Philadelphia school system and graduated as valedictorian of the Girl's Normal School.  After graduation she became a teacher in the public schools of her city.   But then her life became filled with pain and misery when she was forced to bed with a painful spinal problem.  It is said to have been caused by a reckless student striking her with a piece of slate. Lying in bed, she could have been bitter, but instead she studied English literature and began to write, especially for the primary department of her church.  She wrote "There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today" after getting her body cast off and being allowed to walk again in the nearby park.  She wrote in thankfulness at the joy of being able to get about again.   Some of her lines came into the hands of Professor John R. Sweney who wrote to her asking for more. He set a few of her songs to music. and then he and William J. Kirkpatrick published her first hymns.  It is said that she wrote almost 200 hymns. Despite her health problems, she was deeply interested in Sunday school work, and served as superintendent of a Sunday school for the Northern Home for Friendless Children. This was followed by similar work in the Calvin Presbyterian Church where at one point she had a class of 200.  This week's hymn choice, written by Eliza, shares what happens when one experiences the fullness of God's love.  Our lives are completely changed and despite our limitations, God can use us to "spread abroad the story - other souls to win". That exuberant outpouring of the love of God, that new awareness that we are beloved by the Almighty, transforms our attitude toward Him, toward ourselves, and toward others as well. "If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" (I John. 4:11).  And as a result, our desire should be to "live for Jesus only."  I trust that you are experiencing the fullness of His love daily.


1.    Once my way was dark and dreary,
For my heart was full of sin,
But the sky is bright and cheery,
Since the fullness of His love came in. 
Chorus:
I can never tell how much I love Him,
I can never tell His love for me,
For it passeth human measure,
Like a deep, unfathomed sea;
'Tis redeeming love in Christ my Savior,
In my soul the heav'nly joys begin;
And I live for Jesus only,
Since the fullness of His love came in. 

2.    There is grace for all the lowly,
Grace to keep the trusting soul:
Pow'r to cleanse and make me holy,
Jesus shall my yielded life control.
Chorus:
I can never tell how much I love Him,
I can never tell His love for me,
For it passeth human measure,
Like a deep, unfathomed sea;
'Tis redeeming love in Christ my Savior,
In my soul the heav'nly joys begin;
And I live for Jesus only,
Since the fullness of His love came in. 

3.    Let me spread abroad the story,
Other souls to Jesus win;
For the cross is now my glory,
Since the fullness of His love came in
Chorus:
I can never tell how much I love Him,
I can never tell His love for me,
For it passeth human measure,
Like a deep, unfathomed sea;
'Tis redeeming love in Christ my Savior,
In my soul the heav'nly joys begin;
And I live for Jesus only,
Since the fullness of His love came in. 

Listen to it here.  I hope that you enjoy this style!    FULLNESS

Sunday, June 23, 2019

MORE THAN WONDERFUL



         "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! "  (2 Corinthians 9:15)   How does one explain the gift of Jesus?   He's the Savior of the world, the Lamb of God, the Wonderful Counselor, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.  I am told that the Bible uses more than 300 names and titles to describe Him. But Jesus is more than can be contained in His names and titles.   Charles Spurgeon confessed, "I know my words cannot honor Him according to His merits. I wish they could.  Indeed, I grow less and less satisfied with my thoughts and language concerning Him.  He is too glorious for my feeble language to describe Him.  If I could speak with the tongues of men and of angels, I could not speak worthy of Him.  If I could borrow all the harmonies of heaven and enlist every harp and song of the glorified, yet were not the music sweet enough for His praises."   And to that I say "Amen"!  Over the years many hymn writers have attempted to find words to describe Him.  One of the most common attempts has been to use the word "Wonderful".  And yet even that description falls way short.  Lanny Wolfe, a more contemporary writer, penned his description as "More Than Wonderful". This powerful ballad is pure praise to the Lord as He is more than wonderful to us!  His love for us is beyond our comprehension. He is greater than anything we will ever know on this earth. That is a powerful truth.  This song has been recorded by several artists over the years, most notably by Larnelle Harris and Sandi Patty, whose performance earned writer Lanny Wolfe a Grammy Award.  I would encourage you to sing and claim these words throughout this week as you worship and praise the risen and soon coming King of Kings!  He is more than wonderful, more than miraculous, more than amazing, and more than anything this world could ever offer. This is what Jesus is to me!


1.     He promised us that He would be a counselor
A Mighty God and the Prince of Peace
He promised us that He would be a Father
And that He would love us with a love that would not cease
Well, I tried Him and I found His promises are true
He's everything He said that He would be
The finest words I know could not begin to tell
Just what Jesus really means to me

[Chorus]
For He's more wonderful than my mind can conceive
He's more wonderful than my heart can believe
He goes beyond my highest hopes and fondest dreams
He's everything that my soul ever longed for
Everything He's promised and so much more
More than amazing, more than marvelous
More than miraculous could ever be
He's more than wonderful, that's what Jesus is to me

I2.      stand amazed when I think that the King of glory
Should come to dwell within the heart of man
I marvel just to know He really loves me
When I think of who He is, and who I am

[Chorus]
For He's more wonderful than my mind can conceive
He's more wonderful than my heart can believe
He goes beyond my highest hopes and fondest dreams
He's everything that my soul ever longed for
Everything He's promised and so much more
More than amazing, more than marvelous
More than miraculous could ever be
He's more than wonderful, that's what Jesus is to me

Listen to it here   MORE THAN