God of the Living, in Whose Eyes

God of the Living, in Whose Eyes

Carl Peterson on John Ellerton – worth reading!

Strains Divine

When the hymnal Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (PHASS) was published in 2012 by Sumphonia Productions, it introduced to its users a number of texts which had not been available previously in hymnals commonly in circulation among its primary audience. Some of these were more recent texts that had not yet had opportunity to do so (or had not been sought out until this publication); others were much older, going back 100 years or more, that for various reasons had never penetrated “the brotherhood.”

One such hymn (to my knowledge and ability to research) is “God of the Living, in Whose Eyes.” The text was written by John Ellerton, whose hymn, “The Day Thou Gavest,” is well regarded in some quarters and has appeared in brotherhood hymnals since at least Jorgensen’s Great Songs of the Church (both editions). The tune used in PHASS was composed by C. E. Couchman in 2011, presumably…

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A HYMN FOR TODAY – I Could Not Do Without You

A HYMN FOR TODAY – I Could Not Do Without You

A fine example of “old” lyrics which deserve to be sung, “refreshed” by new Charli Couchman music appropriate to the lyrics. This is one of the hymns recently recorded in Tampa for inclusion on the forthcoming third Sumphonia CD.

I could not do without You,
O Savior of the lost,
Whose precious blood redeemed me
At such tremendous cost.
Your righteousness, Your pardon
Your precious blood, must be
My only hope and comfort,
My glory and my plea.

I could not do without You;
I cannot stand alone;
I have no strength or goodness,
No wisdom of my own;
But You, beloved Savior,
Are near in all I do,
And weakness will be power
If leaning hard on You.

I could not do without You,
For, oh, the way is long,
And I am often weary,
And sigh replaces song:
How could I do without You?
I do not know the way;
You know, Lord, and You lead me
And will not let me stray.

I could not do without You,
For years are fleeting fast,
And soon in solemn oneness
The river must be passed;
But You will never leave me,
And though the waves roll high,
I know You will be near me
And whisper, “It is I.”

7.6.7.6.D – Frances R. Havergal, 1873

Tune: ELBERT – C.E. Couchman, 2003

#313 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

A HYMN FOR TODAY – El Elyon

This is the 100th hymn I have posted on this blog since I began in March 2013. It is one of 25 we recently recorded in Tampa for the 3rd Sumphonia Hymn CD, now in production.

El Elyon
Pavilioned high above the earth
And clothed in majesty,
His robe is light, His path the wind,
His age, eternity.

The earth abounds with all His works;
In wisdom they were made.
And from His hand we take our fill;
His blessings do not fade.

From day to day and night to night,
His majesties unfold:
Without a word, the heav’ns proclaim
The Mighty One of old.

CM (8.6.8.6) – C. E. Couchman, 2004
Based on Psalm 19:1-6, Psalm 97:9, Psalm 104:1, 3, 24-28 Tune: EL ELYON – C.E. Couchman, 2004
# 63 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

A HYMN FOR TODAY — How Long Till the Morning?

A HYMN FOR TODAY

How Long Till the Morning?

Consider the mornings of this mortal land,
Each a new beginning from the Maker’s hand.
While the storms may gather ‘gainst the evening sky,
The day breaks cloudless in the morning.

Rise up to the battle, for the skies dawn clear;
Let us gather courage while the foe draws near.
Though the night falls weary, saints of God, march on!
And He’ll raise our banner in the morning.

When the trumpet sounds to signal Heaven’s day –
Resurrection morning when the dead shall wake –
What a glorious gath’ring when the Lord descends
And we rise to meet Him in the morning.

[Chorus]
How long till we see the morning?
How long till we see Your face?
O my Lord, guide us through our troubles
Till we rise above them in the morning.

Irr., C.E. Couchman, 1992

Tune: AURORA – C.E. Couchman, 1992

#712 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

HOW LONG TILL THE MORNING? compares the Christian life to a night of struggle and turmoil to be rewarded by the return of Christ “in the morning.” (Ps. 30:5; Jer. 49:14; Lam. 3:23; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 6:10).

A HYMN FOR TODAY – Precious in His Sight

A HYMN FOR TODAY

Precious in His Sight

In our sorrow there is comfort;
Tears of anguish bring release;
Though we grieve, our hopes are strengthened;
In our loss, LORD, we find this peace:

Chorus:

Another race is finished; A burden is laid down;
The gate of heaven opens to the Sun!
How precious in Your sight, O LORD,
Is the death of a godly one.

From our birth, our days are numbered;
Though we flourish, soon we die,
But with this, our hope, to waken
Face to face with the risen Christ!

Chorus:

Another race is finished; A burden is laid down;
The gate of heaven opens to the Sun!
How precious in Your sight, O LORD,
Is the death of a godly one.

8.7.8.8 with chorus – C.E. Couchman, 2003

Tune: HOUCHEN – C.E. Couchman, 2003

#727 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

mp3 for “I Could Not Do Without You”

mp3 for “I Could Not Do Without You”

This hymn has been posted before, but now there’s an mp3 for the listening:

https://soundcloud.com/joshamck/i-could-not-do-without-you/s-Oq7lA.  Thank you, Josh.

A HYMN FOR TODAY

I could not do without You,
O Savior of the lost,
Whose precious blood redeemed me
At such tremendous cost.
Your righteousness, Your pardon
Your precious blood must be
My only hope and comfort,
My glory and my plea.

I could not do without You;
I cannot stand alone,
I have no strength or goodness,
No wisdom of my own;
But You, beloved Savior,
Are near in all I do,
And weakness will be power
If leaning hard on You.

I could not do without You,
For, oh, the way is long,
And I am often weary,
And sigh replaces song:
How could I do without You?
I do not know the way;
You know, Lord, and You lead me
And will not let me stray.

I could not do without You,
For years are fleeting fast,
And soon in solemn oneness
The river must be passed;
But You will never leave me,
And though the waves roll high,
I know You will be near me
And whisper, “It is I.”

7.6.7.6.D – Frances R. Havergal, 1873
Tune: ELBERT – C.E. Couchman, 2009
No. 313 in _Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs_, 2012

A HYMN FOR TODAY – I Could Not Do Without You

A HYMN FOR TODAY

I could not do without You,
O Savior of the lost,
Whose precious blood redeemed me
At such tremendous cost.
Your righteousness, Your pardon
Your precious blood, must be
My only hope and comfort,
My glory and my plea.

I could not do without You;
I cannot stand alone;
I have no strength or goodness,
No wisdom of my own;
But You, beloved Savior,
Are near in all I do,
And weakness will be power
If leaning hard on You.

I could not do without You,
For, oh, the way is long,
And I am often weary,
And sigh replaces song:
How could I do without You?
I do not know the way;
You know, Lord, and You lead me
And will not let me stray.

I could not do without You,
For years are fleeting fast,
And soon in solemn oneness
The river must be passed;
But You will never leave me,
And though the waves roll high,
I know You will be near me
And whisper, “It is I.”

7.6.7.6.D – Frances R. Havergal, 1873

Tune: ELBERT – C.E. Couchman, 2003

#313 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012