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Sovereign Ruler of the Skies

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?

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Someday He’ll Make It Plain

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.

 

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Old, Yet Ever New

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.

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

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!

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Alone With God

May 10th, 2020

Lyrics: Johnson Oatman, Jr.
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick

When storms of life are round me beating,
When rough the path that I have trod,
Within my closet door retreating,
I love to be alone with God.

Refrain:
Alone with God, the world forbidden,
Alone with God, O blest retreat!
Alone with God, and in Him hidden,
To hold with Him communion sweet.

What though the clouds have gathered o’er me?
What though I’ve passed beneath the rod?
God’s perfect will there lies before me,
When I am thus alone with God.

’Tis there I find new strength for duty,
As o’er the sands of time I plod;
I see the king in all His beauty,
While resting there alone with God.

And when I see the moment nearing
When I shall sleep beneath the sod,
When time with me is disappearing,
I want to be alone with God.

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Psalm 42

April 19th, 2020

Here’s another original hymn which is based on Psalm 42. May the tune and lyrics of this hymn be of great comfort to you.

Lyrics and Music: N. H.

My tears have been my meat day and night;
Troubles come like waves of the sea,
But Thy lovingkindness doth not cease;
And Thy song is ever with me.

I pour my prayers unto Thee, Lord –
Thou art my Rock, the God of my life,
I hope in Thee and in Thy Word;
My lips shall praise Thee for Thy help.

Thou givest and Thou takest away,
I will bless Thy name, come what may;
I’ll gladly yield my all to Thee –
Thy grace alone is sufficient for me.

To live is Christ, to die is gain;
Only let Thy will be done;
If I should live another day;
Or see Thy face in heav’n for aye.

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For All The Saints

April 19th, 2020

Lyrics: William W. How
Music: SINE NOMINE

For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine,
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Thru gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

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Be Merciful Unto Me, O God

April 17th, 2020

This is an original hymn which is based on Psalm 57:1-2. May God be merciful unto us and help us through this terrible Covid-19 crisis. Amen.

Lyrics: Psalm 57:1-2 (Versified by J. Chng)
Music: J. Chng

Be merciful unto me, O God, Be merciful unto me;
For my soul trusteth in Thee, O God, My soul trusteth in Thee.

I will make the shadow of Thy wings, My refuge safe and sure;
Till these calamities pass, Until these calamities pass.

Be merciful unto me, O God, Be merciful unto me;
For my soul trusteth in Thee, O God, My soul trusteth in Thee.

I will cry unto the God most high, My great, Almighty God;
Who performeth all things for me, God performeth all things for me.

Be merciful unto me, O God, Be merciful unto me;
For my soul trusteth in Thee, O God, My soul trusteth in Thee.

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The First Noel (TLBPC Choir)

December 25th, 2019

Hope you this like this rendition of The First Noel by the True Life BP Church Choir. It was arranged by myself and you may wish to download the score using the link below:

HymnPod is back online! Blessed Christmas and New Year 2020!

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O For A Closer Walk With God

November 18th, 2019

Lyrics: William Cowper
Music: Irish Tune

O for a closer walk with God,
a calm and heav’nly frame,
a light to shine upon the road
that leads me to the Lamb!

Where is the blessedness I knew
when first I sought the Lord?
Where is the soul-refreshing view
of Jesus and His Word?

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their mem’ry still!
But they have left an aching void
the world can never fill.

Return, O holy Dove, return,
sweet messenger of rest;
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,
and drove Thee from my breast.

The dearest idol I have known,
whate’er that idol be,
help me to tear it from Thy throne
and worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
calm and serene my frame;
so purer light shall mark the road
that leads me to the Lamb.

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