Friday, August 17, 2007

A Hymn of Victory

Benjamin Beddome was the son of a Baptist minister in England (the Calvinistic kind of baptist!) who left a career in medicine to become a pastor himself. During his ministry, Beddome was in the practice of writing a hymn for singing after every sermon he preached.

In my opinion, "Shout for the Blessed Jesus Reigns" is Beddome's best. I challenge anyone to find a more fitting "missionary" hymn than this:

Shout, for the Blessed Jesus Reigns
1. Shout, for the blessed Jesus reigns; through distant lands his triumphs spread; and sinners, freed from endless pains, own him their Savior and their Head.
2. He calls his chosen from afar, they all at Zion’s gates arrive; those who were dead in sin before by sovereign grace are made alive.
3. Gentiles and Jews his laws obey; nations remote their offerings bring, and unconstrained their homage pay to their exalted God and King.
4. O may his holy church increase, his Word and Spirit still prevail, while angels celebrate his praise, and saints his growing glories hail.
5. Loud hallelujahs to the Lamb, from all below, and all above! In lofty songs exalt his name, in songs as lasting as his love.


Now that's a hymn of victory- just the way the Bible tells the story.
Click on title to hear music (sorry for cheesey organ...our organ is way better sounding)

4 comments:

Frontier Forest said...

My all time favorite hymn of glory, I have to admit, comes from my Baptist background. Long ago, I decided this song, as well as “It is well with my soul”, shall be sang at my homecoming. The man who wrote the song, Eugene. M. Bartlett was given the words and the melody from the inspiration he constantly received, while working with the youth. For many years, during the long hot summers in Oklahoma, he invested heavily in the lives of the young people at “Falls Creek Bible Camp” near Turner Falls. Many years back, I had the honor of hearing this great man of God share his personal testimony and tell how this song came to be.

Every time I hear this Victory song, the words and the melody flood my heart with peace! As tears glean with unspeakable joy, the words stand alone, O the sweet Victory that’s ours in Jesus!

“I heard an old, old story, How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning, Of His precious blood's atoning,
Then I repented of my sins And won the victory.

O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever,
He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about His healing, Of His cleansing pow'r revealing,
How He made the lame to walk again And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried "Dear Jesus, Come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came and bro't To me the victory.

O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever,
He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory,
And I heard about the streets of gold Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing, And the old, redemption story,
And some sweet day I'll sing up there The song of victory.

O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever,
He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.”

GUNNY said...

That thing is good. I wanna be friends with it.

Any way we could hear it as well?

AJF said...

Whoa..victory in Jesus! Now that's a BABTIST.

AJF said...

I linked the title to the music through cyberhymnal.

Cheesey organ playing though.