Sing a new song!
The Psalms practically beg us to keep finding ways to praise our Creator, wonder at the mysteries of his creation, even groan in his presence.
King David did this because as a broken man, a broken king even, he knew the greatness of salvation that a righteous and merciful God offered, and he had to sing about it.
Here are some new songs we've been singing recently:
Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God
Heal Us Emmanuel
Hear My Cry
Come Ye Souls by Sin Afflicted
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
Psalm 76 (God Is Known Among His People)
Psalm 130 (From Depths of Woe)
Behold Our God
Facing a Task Unfinished
See our digital songbook
for additional resources.
Abide with Me, as hymn scholar Erik Routley put it, “looks death itself in the face” and embodies the human craving for companionship in extremis.
The text is the work of Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847), a neurotic curate who was haunted by the phrase, repeatedly muttered by a close friend as he lay dying.
It was misremembered from Luke 24:29, where the disciples meet but do not recognize the resurrected Jesus. “Abide with us,” they ask him, “for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.”
As has often been remarked, the change to the singular pronoun “me” is what gives the hymn its comforting emotional intimacy. Lyte wrote Abide with Me (8 verses) to his own tune, but it has been sung (4 verses) most frequently to the tune Eventide.
Our new tune is from Justin Smith of Indelible Grace. It maintains the plaintive simplicity and longing of Eventide. Smith adds one of the frequently overlooked verses:
Thou on my head, in early youth didst smile;
and, though rebellious, and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, though I oft left Thee,
on to the close Lord, abide with me.
- Adapted from the Telegraph: Story behind the Hymn
Getty & Townend (2006)
Cowper | Morton, Twit (2015)
Kirk Ward (2013)
Words: Joseph Swain | Music: Kevin Twit (2013)
Words: Frederick Faber | Music: Anthony D. Moore
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