During the great New Zealand revivals of 1936, Dr. James Edwin Orr overheard some Aborigine girls singing a beautiful song called Maori Song of Farewell. The melody of that song stayed with him, until following a stirring Easter morning service he put words to it, using Psalm 139:23-24 as his inspiration, and the back of an envelope as his script paper.
The words of the young man who knew little about doctrine spoke volumes to seasoned and new believers alike: I'm not quite sure. But I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey. His simple yet profound statement inspired the lyrics to Trust and Obey.
Throughout Eugene Bartlett's 56 years of life, he composed more than 800 songs, including Everybody Will Be Happy Over There and Just a Little While to Stay Here. He wrote the words to his last hymn in 1939 - Victory in Jesus.
After six months in bed due to a back injury, Eliza E. Hewitt was finally released from her body cast and able to leave the house for a walk in the park. As she reveled in the joy of freedom and the beauty of the day, she was inspired to write the lyrics to the hymn <i>Sunshine in My Soul</i>.
Take My Life and Let it Be has stirred many hearts towards a deeper commitment to Christ. Even as she was writing the words, Francis herself was motivated to submit more to her Lord. As she wrote the words, Take my voice and let me sing..., she made a decision to give up her career as a concert soloist, and sing only for Him. As she wrote the words Take my silver and my gold..., she made a choice to donate her considerable jewelry collection for the sake of missions.
<br/>For 2,000 years songs of praise, old and new have been rising from the collective heart and mouth of the worldwide Church. The introduction of the internet in the 1990ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™s has made it possible for Christians to see and hear praise and worship sounding across U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Holy Lands, and to recognize that the sound is the same wherever the people of God gather together. It is a sound that grows every day more like the praises of Heaven - a sound that will soon usher in the glory of God that will cover the whole earth.<br/>
The Old Rugged Cross has been one of the most beloved songs in all Christendom since it was written by Reverend George Bennard in 1913. As a tribute to the song, to the writer and to the Cross of Jesus Christ, a large wooden cross and The Old Rugged Cross Museum were dedicate near Rev Bennard's home just after his death in 1953.
In one format or another since its conception, the anthem of <i>Go Tell It on the Mountain</i> has been sung in the fields, on buses, in the streets, in churches, on school choir platforms and in concert halls.
<br/>Carter began to 'stand upon the promises' of healing, determining to believe no matter what his physical condition, no matter how he felt. Over the course of several months, his strength returned and his heart was completely healed! The hymn Carter had written several years before his healing miracle then became more than words and music to him. Standing on the Promises became an integral part of his life.
The haunting beauty of the Negro Spiritual stays with us as a reminder of people who suffered a terrible injustice, and of a God who is bigger than the greatest human plight. And that He truly is a balm for the wounded soul.
Taking his theme from Matthew 5:16, Harry Dixon Loes (1895-1965) composed the children's song <i>This Little Light of Mine</i> in 1920. The song has since been sung, often with hand motions, by many children in Sunday Schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The inspiration for Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, which composer Helen H. Lemmel entitled <i>The Heavenly Vision</i>, came from her writings - "Dare to have it out with God, and ask Him to show you whether or not all is focused on Christ and His Glory. Turn your soul's vision to Jesus, and look and look at Him, and a strange dimness will come over all that is apart from Him."
Joseph Scriven was living in Canada when he received word from Ireland that his mother was ill. He could not go to be with her, so he wrote a letter of comfort and enclosed one of his poems entitled What a Friend We Have in Jesus. It would be 30 years before it was published as a hymn.
Yes, Jesus Loves Me was originally written as a song for a novel. Two years later it was set to music. It has remained one of the most well loved children's songs around the world, for more than 150 years.
<br/>A.W. Tozer in his biography of Albert Benjamin Simpson, <i>Wingspread,</i> explains that Simpson's songs followed none of the standard rules of hymn writing, but that he sang them often and they always touched his heart.