I love various kinds of music, don’t you? Classical, praise songs, anthems, piano solos, orchestras, bands…I really love music. And as much as I love all kinds of music, I really love hymns. I grew up singing them and playing them in various settings…church, home, a nursing home where my dad held Bible studies, and Christian school. The depth of the words of hymns is rich and powerful; hymns really make you think about Who you are singing about.
In the last few years, hymns do not seem to be as popular in North American churches. While I’m sure there are many reasons behind this, I grew a little nostalgic this afternoon and wanted to share my top 20 hymns every Christian should know. At least in my opinion. I’m half afraid to start the list because it could very easily turn into the top 50 hymns every Christian should know. But I’ll get us started with twenty and you add your favorites, ok? For the links, I only gave a few of my favorites. If you know a group with a stellar hymn arrangement, I’d love it if you’d leave a link in the comments! Oh, and these are in no particular order. I have too many favorites.
The Isaacs are my favorite bluegrass band. Edgy and yet distinguished, they win my heart and ears both.
2. Amazing Grace
3. The Old Rugged Cross
5. Be Still My Soul
6. How Great Thou Art
7. To God Be the Glory
8. The Haven of Rest
9. Jesus Saves
10. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us by Selah
11. Standing on the Promises
12. When We All Get to Heaven
13. Count Your Blessings
14. All the Way My Savior Leads Me
David Phelps is genius in this arrangement for the Gaither Vocal Band. Click on the link- incredible!
16. Sweet Hour of Prayer
17. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
18. Only Trust Him
19. There Is A Fountain
20. I Surrender All
What are YOUR favorite hymns? Love to read about them in the comments!