Friday, August 22, 2014

Hymn of the Month -- Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

I grew up on this Charles Wesley hymn, sung in a rather stately way. I like this simple, beautiful new tune and the voice and accompaniment. Unfortunately, there is no information about who sings this version of the song.

As for the hymn itself, this is one of over 6000 hymns written by Charles Wesley, many composed on horseback as he traveled to evangelistic meetings. Carrying note cards with him as he traveled, he used a form of shorthand he'd devised to jot down lines that came to him, which he would transcribe when he reached his destination.

If we want the truth of scripture to fill our minds and hearts, we should study the Bible and sing the hymns. A good hymn will be true to the Word of God. It will allow us to confirm the truth for ourselves and will help us become more open to God's deeper work in our own lives. In time we will find that we are being "changed from glory into glory, till in heaven our take our place, till we cast our crowns before [Him], lost in older, love, and praise!"

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