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Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them
is like a [wise] man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundations on a rock:
and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it:
for it was founded upon a rock (Luke 6:47-48)
Let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
For other foundation can no man lay that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10b-11)
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)
Some Favourite Hymns
(and Some Stories Behind Some of Them)
There Shall Be Showers of Blessing
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah | Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted | We Rest On Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender
Favourite Hymns | Music, Worship, CCM: Articles and Videos | Music, Worship, CCM: Quotes and Comments
Music, Worship, CCM: Books, CDs, DVDs, Websites | Music, Worship, CCM: Some Scriptures | Foundations: Index
There Shall Be Showers
"And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing" (Ezekiel 34:26).
There Shall Be Showers of Blessing (May 2019)
"Ezekiel 34:26 says that the Lord refreshes the earth with showers of rain and refreshes us with showers of blessing..."
There Shall Be Showers of Blessing (21 July 2018)
A truly joyous rendition of this hymn! / Viewer's comment: "Very well sung and coordinated"
Showers of Blessing (27 May 2016)
A lively and typical Baptist rendition! Please note that it includes the first three verses and chorus only. / Viewers' comments: "I'm greatly blessed. Hymns that are refreshing and revitalizing my spirit" / "So glad that the Lord has laid it on Gerald's heart to revive these beautiful songs for us! ... that blesses probably hundreds of thousands of Christians around the globe. Thank you, brother!"
YOUTUBE: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Published on 16 September 2012)
This a wonderfully rousing rendition of this glorious hymn! / "Sung in English and Welsh to the tune of 'Cwm Rhondda' by the choirs and congregation of Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church, Cardiff. They hymn and tune are often called 'Bread of heaven' due to a line in the hymn. Often used as the informal anthem of Wales." / Viewers' comments: "Praise our Good God for Welsh hymns! Bless you for posting this exultant hymn of praise, and how wonderful to hear the real Welsh at the end!" / "How refreshing to see believers, God's people, praising Him with joy" / "Praise the Lord!!"
YOUTUBE: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Published on 22 February 2011)
A magnificent version by 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, The Regimental Band, The Caerphilly Male Voice Choir. Sung with due gravitas, in both Welsh and English. / "Also known as 'Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer', this hymn was written by William Williams, regarded by some as 'the Welsh Charles Wesley'." / Viewers' comments: "This glorious hymn billows from the soul" / "It touches my soul. Love hearing the Welsh Male Choirs doing it justice" / "A very beautiful, profoundly moving and stirring hymn. The choir sings beautifully and magnificently ... spiritually elevating and comforting for the soul. The LORD GOD above is indeed the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, the Source of all Life and the Bread of Heaven. It is just glorious!" / "Very Regal, Royal, and Reverent! It speaks to me that the Jehovah God of the Old Testament IS the Lord Jesus Christ of the New Testament, He being manifested in the flesh of His own Sonship"
"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:4-5).
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted (March 2019)
"Whilst on YouTube recently I happened across a hauntingly beautiful version of this hymn ... it is my choice of hymn for April as this month we meditate on the Lord's death and resurrection..."
YOUTUBE: Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted (Published on 11 August 2017)
A hauntingly beautiful version of this hymn, sung by Fernando Ortega, and played on piano and viola. / Viewers' comments: "Such a beautiful song with lyrics that are so true and based on the Scriptures. Powerful, beautiful song" / "Love this heart-piercing song... Thank you for sharing"
YOUTUBE: Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted (Published on 05 May 2017)
If you prefer traditional congregational singing, this rendition by Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. is quite splendid. / Viewers' comments: "It's truly beautiful!"
YOUTUBE: Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted (Published on 03 March 2010)
Fernando Ortega has also recorded another exquisite version of this hymn accompanied on this occasion by harp and viola. / Viewers' comments: "Beautiful hymn beautifully performed. Christ be praised!" / "What a blessing! Thank you for posting" / "We cannot take sin lightly. Sin causes the death of our Savior" / "This is the hymn I go to when I feel too confident, too complacent. It humbles me ... Thank you Lord for loving the unloveable, like me" / "Praise and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ for His sacrifice for my sins! What a wonderful Savior" / "Washed clean of sin by his blood and then wonder of wonders given his royal righteousness as our eternal clothing" / "Thank you Lord Jesus for paying our debt in full"
"And Asa cried unto the LORD his God and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee" (2 Chronicles 14:11).
The Midweek Hymn: We Rest On Thee (06 March 2019)
"In 1893, when she was 23, [Edith Gilling Cherry] wrote We Rest On Thee, based on 2 Chronicles 14:11 ... Edith Cherry's words were paired with Jean Sibelius's Finlandia Hymn..."
We Rest On Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender (February 2019)
"One of the favourite hymns of our fellowship sung in our Sunday meetings is this wonderful hymn ... Like many hymns, this hymn has a story - in fact, it has two stories..."
YOUTUBE: We Rest On Thee (Published on 09 April 2016)
This is a slightly quirky - and beautiful - version of this hymn. It also includes pictures of the film version of the story of Jim Elliot and the four missionaries with him. / Viewers' comments: "Beautiful very beautiful" / "In love with this version"
YOUTUBE: We Rest On Thee (Published on 01 January 2011)
This is a superb rendition but please note that it includes the first and fourth verses only. / Viewers' comments: "Was this not the song that was sung as the five young men went to certain death by the Auca Indians? Such courageous faith" / "When days are hard, this song comforts me greatly" / "Reminding me of God's unfailing care"
YOUTUBE: We Rest On Thee (Published on 01 April 2010)
A wonderful rendition but please note it does not include the second verse. / "A cappella rendition of We Rest On Thee by The Mennonite Hour Men's Chorus ... Basic Mennonite Hour sound with simple arrangement, solid harmony and clear diction" / Viewers' comments: "This is by far my favourite hymn" / "This is a very, very special hymn" / "I was greatly impacted by these Christian missionary martyrs. I have sung this song many times"
YOUTUBE: We Rest On Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender (Published on 07 October 2009)
"From the evening service on May 31, 2009" / Viewers' comments: "This has been a blessing over and over" / "Very moving, thank you" / "The words speak so much truth" / "Beautiful"
YOUTUBE: Elisabeth Elliot - A Pattern for Good (06 July 2014)
@22:45 - 25:00: "[Jim and the other four men] made an attempt to reach the Auca Indians. You know the end of the story. The men had trusted God at every single point through the entire 3 or 4 months of dropping gifts to the Auca Indians to prove their friendship, praying that God would specifically show them how they should make an entrance, when they should make an entrance, who should go ... As [the men] went, they sang that hymn by Edith G. Cherry, We Rest On Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender. And I want you to ask yourself tonight if it fits into your category of the way God does things; that He would allow five obedient servants of His to trust Him to be their Shield, and would then allow them to be speared to death..."
BOOK: The Master's Touch and Other Poems by Edith Gilling Cherry
Memory Notes of the Sweet Singer: "What was she like, herself - this writer of The Master's Touch? She was just a bright winsome girl ... with a spirit deeply taught in the truths of God. Sweet and gentle in disposition, but frail in body, yet that did not sadden her life - scarcely handicapped it - seemed rather to thin the casement through which the light of Heaven shone into her spirit so clearly as to make the Homeland almost more real than earth, things Eternal more visible and certain than the things of time ... gifted with the power of entering into the sorrows of others; ... Hence, some of her poems express a depth of experience in suffering that it would, otherwise, be difficult to accredit to one so young ... The Master's Touch ... was the outcome of bitter personal trial while engaged in Christian work ... The space reserved in this first small volume is too limited for many more Memory Notes ... Several of the poems in this collection were published during the life-time of the beloved writer, and she had the exquisite joy of knowing that her first efforts in the service of song were used and blessed of the Lord ... and how many sick and suffering ... have been helped by its comforting messages, none can tell..."
BOOK: Through Gates of Splendour by Elisabeth Elliot
"At the close of their prayers the five men sang one of their favourite hymns, 'We Rest On Thee', to the stirring tune of 'Finlandia'. Jim and Ed had sung this hymn since college days and knew the verses by heart. On the last verse their voices rang out with deep conviction: 'We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender / Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise / When passing through the gates of pearly splendour / Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days'..."