Archive for May, 2020

The King James Bible vs the Hundred Versions

Friday, May 29th, 2020

This hymn was written by the late Rev Timothy Tow who founded True Life BP Church before the Lord took him home. You can find a digital copy of the hymnal “Heavenly Melodies” at https://www.truelifebpc.org.sg/resources/heavenly_melodies

Why the King James Version? Read more here
https://www.febc.edu.sg/v15/assets/pdfs/febc_press/KJV%20Q&A.pdf

You can also download the score for this hymn:
The King James Bible vs The Hundred Versions – Full Score

Lyrics: T. Tow
Music: Lowell Mason

The Bible is the Word of God,
Inerrant and infallible,
Preserved for us from age to age.
It stands God’s Rock unmovable.

God has preserved it in the Text
Received by His Church everywhere.
Through good and faithful men of God,
The King James Bible without peer.

Three hundred years it reigned supreme,
Until Westcott and Hort crept in,
And sowed the tares amongst the wheat,
And for a time they seemed to win.

An influx of hundred versions
By Westcott and Hort’s text corrupt,
Shall never stand up to the test.
That makes King James Bible the best.

The Bible is the Word of God,
Inerrant and infallible,
Preserved for us from age to age.
It stands God’s Rock unmovable.

God’s Perfect Gift

Friday, May 29th, 2020

The music score of this hymn can be found at #177 of Heavenly Melodies

https://www.truelifebpc.org.sg/resources/heavenly_melodies

Lyrics: J. Khoo (edited by C. Tan)
Music: Traditional American Melody

The One and Only Perfect God is Living and is True,
God gave His Son, Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for me and you.
Who died for me and you, Who died for me and you,
God gave His Son, Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for me and you.

Jesus, our Perfect Saviour’s fully God and fully man,
He died, was buried, rose again, To save the sons of men,
To save the sons of men, To save the sons of men,
He died, was buried, rose again, To save the sons of men.

The Bible is God’s Perfect Book, inspired and kept pure.
Forever ev’ry word kept pure, Of this we can be sure!
Of this we can be sure! Of this we can be sure!
Forever ev’ry word kept pure, Of this we can be sure!

O Trust Him for Salvation free of body and of soul,
He’ll save you to the uttermost, O Trust in Him my soul!
O Trust in Him my soul! O Trust in Him my soul!
He’ll save you to the uttermost, O Trust in Him my soul!

Help, Lord, for Men of Virtue Fail (Psalm 12)

Friday, May 29th, 2020

The music score of this hymn can be found at #100 of Heavenly Melodies

https://www.truelifebpc.org.sg/resources/heavenly_melodies

Lyrics: Isaac Watts
Music: BINGHAM

Help, Lord, for men of virtue fail,
Religion loses ground!
The sons of violence prevail,
And treacheries abound.

Their oaths and promises they break,
Yet act the flatterer’s part;
With fair, deceitful lips they speak,
And with a double heart.

If we reprove some hateful lie,
They scorn our faithful word:
“Are not our lips our own,” they cry,
“And who shall be our Lord?”

Scoffers appear on ev’ry side,
Where a vile race of men
Is rais’d to seats of pow’r and pride,
And bears the sword in vain.

Lord, when iniquities abound,
And blasphemy grows bold,;
When faith is rarely to be found,
And love is waxing cold:

Is not thy chariot hastening on!
Hast thou not given this sign?
May we not trust and live upon
A promise so divine?

“Yes, saith the Lord, now will I rise,
“And make oppressors flee;
“I shall appear to their surprise,
“And set my servants free”

Thy word, like silver sev’n times try’d,
Through ages shall endure;
The men that in thy truth confide,
Shall find thy promise sure.

Three Witnesses There Are Above

Friday, May 29th, 2020

This hymn was written by Puritan William Barton and is based on 1 John 5:7

You can download the hymn sheet here:
Three Witnesses There Are Above – Full Score

I have played three stanza so the first stanza can be repeated.

Lyrics: William Barton (From 1 John 5:7)
Music: William Croft

Three witnesses there are above,
And all these three are one:
The Father, Son and Sacred Dove,
One Deity alone.

The Living Father sent the son,
Who by the Father lives:
And unto them that ask of Him
The Holy Ghost he gives.

Arise, My Soul, Arise

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Lyrics: Charles Wesley
Music: Lewis Edson

Arise, my soul, arise!
Shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding Sacrifice
In my behalf appears.
Before the throne my Surety stands;
Before the throne my Surety stands;
My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above
For me to intercede,
His all-redeeming love,
His precious blood to plead.
His blood for sins did once atone,
His blood for sins did once atone,
And now it pleads before the Throne.

Five bleeding wounds He bears,
Received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers;
They strongly plead for me.
Forgive him, O forgive, they cry,
Forgive him, O forgive, they cry,
Nor let that ransomed sinner die!

The Father hears Him pray,
His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away
The presence of His Son.
His Spirit answers to the blood,
His Spirit answers to the blood,
And tells me I am born of God.

I now am reconciled,
God’s pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child,
I can no longer fear.
With confidence I now draw nigh,
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And Father, Abba, Father, cry.

Lord, It Belongs Not To My Care

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Lyrics: Richard Baxter
Music: EVAN

Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.

If life be long, I will be glad,
That I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I be sad
To welcome endless day?

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before;
He that unto God’s kingdom comes
Must enter by this door.

Come Lord, when grace hath made me meet
Thy blessed face to see;
For if Thy work on earth be sweet
What will thy glory be!

Then I shall end my sad complaints
And weary sinful days,
And join with the triumphant saints
That sing my Savior’s praise.

My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with Him.

Sovereign Ruler of the Skies

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Here’s a Calvinistic hymn on God’s Sovereignty in our lives. It can be sung to the same tune as “Holy Bible, Book Divine”. I’ve played all 9 stanzas here. The PDF file of the hymn can also be found below:

Sovereign Ruler of the Skies – Full Score

Lyrics: Rev John Ryland
Music: William B. Bradbury

Sovereign Ruler of the skies!
Ever gracious, ever wise!
All my times are in your hand,
All events at your command.

His decree, who formed the earth,
Fixed my first and second birth;
Parents, place of birth, and time—
All appointed were by him.

He that formed me in the womb,
Guides my footsteps to the tomb;
All my times shall ever be
Ordered by his wise decree.

Times of sickness, times of health;
Times of poverty and wealth;
Times of trial and of grief;
Times of triumph and relief.

Times the tempter’s power to prove;
Times to taste a Saviour’s love:
All must come, and last, and end,
As shall please my heavenly Friend.

Plagues and deaths around me fly
Till he bids, I cannot die:
Not a single arrow hits
Till the God of love permits.

O Most Gracious, Wise, and Just,
In your hands my life I trust:
Have I something dearer still?
I resign it to your will.

May I always own your hand,
Still to the surrender stand;
Know that you are God alone,
I and mine are all your own.

You at all times I will bless;
Having you, I all possess;
What in truth a loss can be
Since you will not part from me?

Someday He’ll Make It Plain

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
Piano and Voice version
Credits: Biboy (voice)

Lyrics: Lida Shivers Leech
Music: Adam Geibel

I do not know why oft ’round me
My hopes all shattered seem to be;
God’s perfect plan I cannot see,
But someday I’ll understand.

Refrain:
Someday He’ll make it plain to me,
Someday when I His face shall see;
Someday from tears I shall be free,
For someday I shall understand.

I cannot tell the depth of love
Which moves the Father’s heart above,
My faith to test, my love to prove,
But someday I’ll understand.

Tho’ trials come thru passing days,
My life will still be filled with praise;
For God will lead thru darkened ways,
But someday I’ll understand.

 

Old, Yet Ever New

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Lyrics and Music: William A. Williams

There is a story sweet to hear,
I love to tell it too:
It fills my heart with hope and cheer,
‘Tis old, yet ever new.

Refrain:
Tis old, yet ever new;
Tis old, yet ever new;
I know, I feel it’s true:
Tis old, yet ever new.

They tell me God the Son came down
From his bright throne to die,
That I might wear a starry crown,
And dwell with him on high.

They say he bore the cross for me,
And suffered in my place,
That I might always happy be,
And ransomed by his grace.

O wondrous love! so great, so vast,
So boundless and so free!
Low at thy feet my all I cast;
I covet only thee.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Lyrics: Thomas O. Chisholm
Music: William M. Runyan

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Refrain:
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!