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DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT from the centuries...

Over 200 years ago, Thomas Kelly was known as "the Isaac Watts of Ireland." He wrote some 765 hymns in his lifetime that were sung all over Ireland and much of England. Here is a beautiful, soaring example of his very singable lyrics, ... poetry that most people today have never read nor even heard the name of its very devout and talented author:

Praise the Savior, ye who know Him!
Who can tell how much we owe Him?
Gladly let us render to Him
all we are and have.

Jesus is the Name that charms us;
He for conflict fits and arms us;
Nothing moves and nothing harms us
while we firmly trust in Him.

Trust Him! saints forever!
He is faithful, changing never;
Neither force nor guile can sever
those He loves from Him.

Keep us, Lord, O keep us cleaving
to Thyself, and still believing;
Till the hour of our receiving
promised joys forevermore!

Then we shall be where we would be;
then we shall be what we should be;
Things that are not now, nor could be,
Shall be ours forevermore.


JESUS made the Way.
He opened Heaven's Day.
Eternity to shine: in your heart and in mine:
JESUS made the Way. Halleluyah!
JESUS made the Way.

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Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
That is awesome! stupid question: what is the name of that song?

Permalink 12/09/08 @ 14:47
Comment from: lenbenhear [Member] ·
Not a stupid question. I furgot to include the title of the hymn:

written in 1804, it's titled, "Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him!"

I just LOVE these classic old hymns, ... many of them almost never sung anymore. ... but they will be, ... they WILL be! ... in the great great gathering of the saints forevermore!
Permalink 12/09/08 @ 15:47
Comment from: Pam [Visitor] ·

This is beautiful and reminds me of how much I miss hearing hymns. Contemporary is good too but there is nothing quite like hearing from that great cloud of witness that has gone before us. I long for the reverence that seems to belong now to a time past. Maybe we should pray for a revival of holiness.

Permalink 12/09/08 @ 15:47
Comment from: lenbenhear [Member] ·
Isn't it the truth, Pam? ... forinstance: just about EVERYTHING Fannie Crosby and Isaac Watts wrote is FAR ABOVE the usual of what is played on the "airwaves" today.

I HIGHLY recommend this devotional book if you can find it either at Amazon or at your bookstore:
"THEN SINGS MY SOUL. 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories." by Robert J. Morgan. (published by Thomas Nelson) It's a wonderful collection, ... and includes the verses [stanzas] quoted above.
Permalink 12/09/08 @ 15:54
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
folky hymn by Sujan Stevens, one of my favs.
Permalink 12/10/08 @ 18:12

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