Walk into any Protestant church these days and you are likely to encounter a worship team that sounds a lot like a rock band. The musical worship will have a strong backbeat and simple, easy-to-follow repetitive melodies and lyrics.
We honor today’s young musicians and composers, and the love and skill they bring to musical worship, whatever their level of competence, because we know that the Lord hears their hearts. But can it be that in the pursuit of a new sound, an old treasure has been lost?
Hymn Restoration is about introducing a new generation to the musical treasures of Christian history. We bring you 101 of the best from the vast wealth of hymns going back centuries. You will immediately recognize the depth of the lyrics and the inspired beauty of the melodies.
Every hymn is presented alongside a devotion that Cheryl has written, a chance to think more deeply about the hymns. We are indebted to the historians of hymnology and their books, some of which date back to the eras in which the hymns were written—historians such as John Julian and Ira Sankey, as well as the modern historians such as Robert Morgan and Kenneth Osbeck. Look for the references in the Notes section.
We hope that as you encounter these hymns and devotions you will be uplifted and encouraged in your faith. Music is indeed a special language that can touch us with a penetrating poignancy unique among human experiences. Sing and rejoice!
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
At the Cross
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Fairest Lord Jesus
Glory To His Name
God of Our Fathers
Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Have Thine Own Way, Lord
The Haven of Rest
He Keeps Me Singing (There’s Within My Heart a Melody)
He Leadeth Me
His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Holy, Holy, Holy
How Firm a Foundation
I Am Thine, O Lord (Draw Me Nearer)
I Love to Tell the Story
I Need Thee Every Hour
I Surrender All (All to Jesus I Surrender)
In My Heart There Rings a Melody
In the Garden (I Come to the Garden Alone)
It Is Well with My Soul
Jesus Is All the World to Me
Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Jesus Loves Me
Jesus Paid It All
Jesus Saves! (We Have Heard the Joyful Sound)
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Just As I Am
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
The Lily of the Valley
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Love Lifted Me
The Love of God
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
My Hope Is Built (The Solid Rock)
My Jesus, I Love Thee
Near the Cross
Nearer, My God, to Thee
Nothing But the Blood
O Worship the King
The Old Rugged Cross
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Revive Us Again
Rock of Ages
Shall We Gather at the River
Softly and Tenderly
Stand Up for Jesus
Standing on the Promises
Sweet By and By
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Take My Life and Let It Be
Take the Name of Jesus with You
Tell Me the Story of Jesus
There Is a Balm in Gilead
There Is a Fountain
There Is Power in the Blood
’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
To God Be the Glory
Trust and Obey
The Unclouded Day
We Gather Together
Were You There
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
When We All Get to Heaven
Where He Leads I Will Follow
Wonderful Grace of Jesus
… and more!
Praise for Hymn Restoration
We sing hymns not because they are old, but because they are great and contain so much of our theology. So, a big thanks to you, Dino, for helping to save a very important part of our Christian history and may God bless you, my friend, in this special effort.
—Bill Gaither, Composer, Producer, Director
There is nothing like the classic hymns of the Christian faith, which are so rich in doctrine, to lead us in worship. They in- spire us to rightly revere Almighty God as we lift our voices and declare the truth of who He is and all He has done for us. I am grateful to Dino for compiling this great collection of hymns and for his tireless work in exalting the name of Jesus.
—Dr. Charles Stanley, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Atlanta Founder and President of In Touch Ministries
This book is dedicated to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
with thankfulness for the music He placed
within the hearts of these excellent hymn composers,
and for our ears to hear and hearts to worship.
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He that is mighty hath done to me great things;
and holy is His name.
And His mercy is on them that fear Him
from generation to generation.
He hath shewed strength with His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats,
and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He sent empty away.
He hath holpen His servant Israel,
in remembrance of His mercy;
as He spake to our fathers, to Abraham,
and to His seed for ever.