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, June 20, 2010

ALL THAT THRILLS MY SOUL IS JESUS

Most of us have experienced the thrill of a walk-off home run, a game winning touchdown, a stirring musical performance, the winning of an award, the birth of a child, becoming engaged, getting a raise or a new job, the completion of a challenging task or something similar. These events can be so exciting. One of my greatest thrills in life was meeting President Ronald Reagan. But, hopefully all of these events and experiences pale in the light of the thrill of knowing Jesus Christ, having Him change your life, and experiencing His daily presence and leading in your life. For the awards which we win, the achievements we earn, the possessions we gather, the momentary highs we experience, will all pass away. As the scriptures tell us, things here will rust and be stolen, so we are to lay up our treasures in heaven. Thoro Harris, a prolific hymn writer and organist, must have known this truth in the early 1900's when he penned this great hymn of testimony. It has been going through my mind this week because my wife chose it to play as an offertory today and I had to prepare a Power Point presentation of the words. Unfortunately, her rendition only includes two verses and each of the verses of this hymn are in themselves powerful testimonies. I hope that this hymn is your testimony - that while many exciting things happen to us here on this earth, all that really thrills our soul is Jesus and the reality of His daily presence.


(1) Who can cheer the heart like Jesus,

By His presence all divine?

True and tender, pure and precious,

O how blest to call Him mine!

All that thrills my soul is Jesus,

He is more than life to me;

And the fairest of ten thousand

in my blessed Lord I see.


(2) Love of Christ so freely given,

Grace of God beyond degree,

Mercy higher than the heaven,

Deeper than the deepest sea!

All that thrills my soul is Jesus,

He is more than life to me;

And the fairest of ten thousand

in my blessed Lord I see.


(3) What a wonderful redemption!

Never can a mortal know

How my sin, tho red like crimson,

Can be whiter than the snow.

All that thrills my soul is Jesus,

He is more than life to me;

And the fairest of ten thousand

in my blessed Lord I see.


(4) Every need His hand supplying,

Every good in Him I see;

On His strength divine relying,

He is all in all to me.

All that thrills my soul is Jesus,

He is more than life to me;

And the fairest of ten thousand

in my blessed Lord I see.


(5) By the crystal flowing river,

With the ransomed I will sing,

And forever and forever,

Praise and glorify the King.

All that thrills my soul is Jesus,

He is more than life to me;

And the fairest of ten thousand

in my blessed Lord I see.


Listen to this hymn here. LISTEN


1 comment:

Allen Sheppard said...

It was a blessing to refresh my memory of each stanza. My daughter and I had been listening to Rudy Atwood play his arrangement of "All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus " as well as other hymns. I know God will bless your blog because hymns have the message of God's Word and not some watered down song that has little to nothing to do with Scripture with a catchy tune that pumps up your adrenaline which makes me wonder if some mistakenly think is the Holy Spirit. In reality I believe you can just about get the same emotions at a pop music concert. Hymns are founded on the Word of God and His Word will not return to Him void which is why I know He will bless your blog .