Hymn Friday: O Great God

Hymn Friday: O Great God

Why do I love hymns?  The best hymns whether they are ancient or modern are a coming together of theological truth and artistic beauty.  They also are meant for congregational singing.  I want to leave church with the truths that I just proclaimed in song to still be ringing in my heart and spilling over my lips throughout the week.  That is sometimes hard to do with some modern praise songs that are more performance driven.  The hymns also connect me to our rich Christian heritage and help to fight what C. S. Lewis called "chronological snobbery" (believing that whatever is newest is best).  "A Mighty Fortress" was written in 1527 by Martin Luther.  The Church has been singing this hymn for almost 500 years and unless Christ returns will sing it for 500 more at least!  

One of the most exciting developments in recent years is the movement of not only reviving these classic hymns but of Christian artist writing new ones.

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