I really enjoy hymns, especially the older hymns! The Hymn of the Day for today is one of those hymns that has aged well. I love singing it because it reflects my love for my Savior!
“Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, William Featherstone most likely wrote this hymn at the age of sixteen on the occasion of his conversion and/or baptism. He sent the text to his aunt in Los Angeles, who sent it to friends in London, where it was published anonymously in the London Hymn Book to a now forgotten tune. Adoniram Judson Gordon found it, wrote a new tune for it, and also published it anonymously in The Service of Song for Baptist Churches. It wasn’t until around 1930, fifty years after its publication, that enough research had been done to establish Featherstone as the author, who had died at the young age of 28. Today, it is a much-loved hymn of assurance and confession of faith, with words of comfort and peace. And perhaps bolstering the power of the text is Featherstone’s story itself. A young man with no connections, who simply wrote a poem one night about his own faith, has, unbeknownst to him, come to bless millions. God certainly works in mysterious ways to use the gifts and talents of his people.” –hymnary.org
Ephesians 6:24 (ESV)
24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.
In case you missed yesterday’s hymn: Hymn of the Day: O Worship the King