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10 Hymns with Messages for Christians in Times of Crisis

  • Veronica Olson iBelieve Contributor
  • 2020 11 Jun
10 Hymns with Messages for Christians in Times of Crisis

Music can often speak to us in ways other things can’t. It’s a beautiful gift from God. Even if you aren’t gifted in creating music yourself (like me), you’re sure to have experienced a song that moved you.

This is certainly true for music that focuses around God, his character, his Church, and the Christian life. In these challenging times of COVID-19, as well as the racial turmoil our world is facing, hymns can be a comfort, a challenge, and a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

In the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul even urges Christians to Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19, Berean Study Bible).

Here are 10 hymns that will inspire, encourage, and challenge you during these strange times we are living through.

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    1. “All Must be Well” by Indelible Grace

    My church often sings this song, and I thought of it first after the horrific terrorist attack in Paris several years ago. It has been a comfort to me ever since through difficult times in our world.

    Through the love of God our Savior, All will be well

    Free and changeless is His favor, All is well

    Precious is the blood that healed us

    Perfect is the grace that sealed us

    Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us

    All must be well

    Though we pass through tribulation, All will be well

    Ours is such a full salvation, All is well

    Happy still in God confiding

    Fruitful if in Christ abiding

    Steadfast through the Spirit's guiding

    All must be well

    We expect a bright tomorrow; All will be well

    Faith can sing through days of sorrow, All is well

    On our Father's love relying

    Jesus every need supplying

    Yes in living or in dying

    All must be well

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    2. “Be Thou My Vision” (old Irish hymn/poem of unclear origin)

    This ancient hymn reminds us that our victory is already won and the Lord brings light to our path, even in dark times like these.

    Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart

    Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art

    Thou my best Thought, by day or by night

    Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

    Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word

    I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord

    Thou my great Father, I Thy true son

    Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one

    Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise

    Thou mine Inheritance, now and always

    Thou and Thou only, first in my heart

    High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art

    High King of Heaven, my victory won

    May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heav'n's Sun

    Heart of my own heart, whate'er befall

    Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all

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    3. “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” by Martin Luther

    This classic hymn reminds us that, through life’s trials, God is our rock and our fortress.

    A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
    Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
    For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
    His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
    On earth is not his equal.

    Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
    Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
    Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
    Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
    And He must win the battle.

    And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
    We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
    The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
    One little word shall fell him.

    That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
    The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;
    Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
    The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
    His kingdom is forever.

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    4. “Abide with Me” by Henry Fancis Lyte

    This song is a beautiful call for God to be near in darkness, in loneliness, and when “Earth’s joys grow dim.”

    Abide with me, fast falls the eventide,

    The darkness deepens, Lord, with me abide

    When other helpers fail and comforts flee

    Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me

    Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day

    Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away

    Change and decay in all around I see

    O Thou who changest not, abide with me

    I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless

    Ills have no weight, and tears lose their bitterness

    Where is thy sting, death? Where, grave, thy victory?

    I triumph still, Lord,  abide with me

    Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes

    Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies

    Heav'n's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee

    In life, in death,  Lord, abide with me

    Modern Version

    Classic Version

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    5. “Great is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas Crisholm

    This classic hymn waxes poetic on God’s great faithfulness to us. No matter when, where, or what is going on in the world, the Lord remains faithful.

    "Great is Thy faithfulness, " O God my Father,

    There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

    Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not

    As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

    "Great is Thy faithfulness!" "Great is Thy faithfulness!"

    Morning by morning new mercies I see;

    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

    "Great is Thy faithfulness, " Lord, unto me!

    Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,

    Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

    Join with all nature in manifold witness

    To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

    "Great is Thy faithfulness!" "Great is Thy faithfulness!"

    Morning by morning new mercies I see;

    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

    "Great is Thy faithfulness, " Lord, unto me!

    Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

    Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

    Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

    Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

    "Great is Thy faithfulness!" "Great is Thy faithfulness!"

    Morning by morning new mercies I see;

    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

    "Great is Thy faithfulness, " Lord, unto me!

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    6. “We Will Feast in the House of Zion” by Sandra McKracken

    This song reminds us of the glories that are coming when we will be with God forever and celebrate with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    We will feast in the house of Zion

    We will sing with our hearts restored

    He has done great things, we will say together

    We will feast and weep no more

    We will not be burned by the fire

    He is the LORD our God

    We are not consumed, by the flood

    Upheld, protected, gathered up

    We will feast in the house of Zion

    We will sing with our hearts restored

    He has done great things, we will say together

    We will feast and weep no more

    In the dark of night, before the dawn

    My soul, be not afraid

    For the promised morning, oh how long?

    Oh God of Jacob, be my strength

    We will feast in the house of Zion

    We will sing with our hearts restored

    He has done great things, we will say together

    We will feast and weep no more

    Every vow we've broken and betrayed

    You are the Faithful one

    And from the garden to the grave

    Bind us together, bring shalom

    We will feast in the house of Zion

    We will sing with our hearts restored

    He has done great things, we will say together

    We will feast and weep no more

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    7. “Rock of Ages” by Augustus Toplady

    This is likely a hymn you’ve heard before, but its truth is timeless - and timely. I especially love the version sung by Fernando Ortega.

    Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

    Let me hide myself in Thee;

    Let the water and the blood,

    From Thy wounded side which flowed,

    Be of sin the double cure,

    Save from wrath and make me pure.

    Not the labor of my hands

    Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;

    Could my zeal no respite know,

    Could my tears forever flow,

    All for sin could not atone;

    Thou must save, and Thou alone.

    Nothing in my hand I bring,

    Simply to Thy cross I cling;

    Naked, come to Thee for dress;

    Helpless, look to Thee for grace;

    Foul, I to the fountain fly;

    Wash me, Savior, or I die.

    While I draw this fleeting breath,

    When my eyes shall close in death,

    When I rise to worlds unknown,

    And behold Thee on Thy throne,

    Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

    Let me hide myself in Thee.

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    8. “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less" / "The Solid Rock” by Edward Mote and William B. Bradbury

    So many of the hymns that have lasted the test of time and remain true for Christians today talk about God as our rock, our hope when things seem to be falling apart.

    My hope is built on nothing less

    Than Jesus' blood and righteousness

    I dare not trust the sweetest frame

    But wholly lean on Jesus' Name

    Oh Christ the solid Rock I stand

    All other ground is sinking sand

    All other ground is sinking sand

    When darkness seems to hide His face

    I rest on His unchanging grace

    In every high and stormy gale

    My anchor holds within the veil

    Oh Christ the solid Rock I stand

    All other ground is sinking sand

    All other ground is sinking sand

    His oath, His covenant, His blood

    Support me in the whelming flood

    When all around my soul gives way

    He then is all my Hope and Stay

    Oh Christ the solid Rock I stand

    All other ground is sinking sand

    All other ground is sinking sand

    When He shall come with trumpet sound

    Oh may I then in Him be found

    Dressed in His righteousness alone

    Faultless to stand before the throne

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    9. “Psalm 62” by Stuart Townend

    This moving hymn encourages us to praise God, even in the midst of difficult times.

    My soul finds rest in God alone,

    My Rock and my salvation;

    A fortress strong against my foes,

    And I will not be shaken.

    Though lips may bless and hearts may curse,

    And lies like arrows pierce me,

    I’ll fix my heart on righteousness,

    I’ll look to Him who hears me.

    O praise Him, hallelujah,

    My Delight and my reward;

    Everlasting, never failing,

    My Redeemer, my God.

    Find rest, my soul, in God alone

    Amid the world’s temptations;

    When evil seeks to take a hold

    I’ll cling to my salvation.

    Though riches come and riches go,

    Don’t set your heart upon them;

    The fields of hope in which I sow

    Are harvested in heaven.

    I’ll set my gaze on God alone

    And trust in Him completely;

    With every day pour out my soul

    And He will prove His mercy.

    Though life is but a fleeting breath,

    A sigh too brief to measure,

    My King has crushed the curse of death

    And I am His forever.

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    10. “He Will Hold Me Fast” by Keith and Kristyn Getty

    No matter what you are going through, Christ has promised to hold you fast.

    When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;

    When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.

    I could never keep my hold through life's fearful path;

    For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.

    He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;

    For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.

    Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast;

    Precious in his holy sight, He will hold me fast.

    He'll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last;

    Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast.

    He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;

    For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.

    For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast;

    Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast.

    Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast

    'Till our faith is turned to sight, When He comes at last!

    He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;

    For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.

    I hope these 10 hymns will encourage you through these often dark days; and if they encourage you, perhaps you could share them with someone else who would be blessed by them as well.


    Veronica Olson wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.

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    Veronica Olson wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.