Old English or New Songs

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

(One thing I fail to understand is why Doxology – written around 1500 AD and most of our hymns – written anywhere between 1700s – 1900 something get printed in our hymnal books and yet the song a Christian music artist introduced yesterday is treated suspiciously. Didn’t King David sing to the Lord a new song with every psalm he wrote and sang? Truth is that we have almost no concept of what the early church sang or played for the first 1,500 years to praise God. That’s okay with me. I don’t think our pronunciation or understanding of ancient Aramaic and Greek songs would be the right way for us to praise the Lord. If one thing is true, God’s creativity is something that is evident in his creation, with the songs that David composed and the people who are writing them today. I like some of the old hymns – but the vast majority of them go unsung, they’re difficult to play, strange to sing, awkward to pronounce with the odd old English words. Still, there is a time to sing the new songs. What’s your favorite hymn? What’s your favorite new song? Do you agree or disagree? Why?)


...Anyway, that's just how I feel about it ... What do you think?

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