Hymns have been the cornerstone of Protestant worship since the Reformation. In every generation for the last five hundred years, Protestants have produced hymns that encourage and point the believer to God. Hymns are often deeply theological, emotional, practical, reflective, and instructional. Singing hymns corporately connects contemporary Christians with saints who have lived before us, and are now in heaven.
Watch this video and listen to the words of this hymn, “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” written by Horatius Bonar in the 1800s. Tell me if this is does not encourage you as a believer seeking the assurance of salvation and the awareness of Christ’s presence in your life–
Let’s not neglect to consider this hymn, “Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer” by Samuel Longfellow in 1864. This hymn also seeks the assurance of God, but it also is a prayer for strength and courage as we live in this world which is not our home.
And my own personal favorite: “And Can it Be,” written by Charles Wesley in 1738. A truly timeless hymn with soaring lyrics telling the amazing story of the meaning of God’s love for sinners. Listen, enjoy, worship!