Morning Hymns

One of my favorite times to write is early in the morning.

One of my favorite devotionals is Morning and Evening: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on The Holy Bible, English Standard Version by C.H. Spurgeon.

One of my favorite Bible passages is Lamentations 3:21-26.

And some of my favorite morning hymns to read (yes, I like to read old hymns) were written or translated by John Brownlie (1857-1925).

While Brownlie is not well-known, he devoted much of his life to writing and translating hymns. You can read a short biography here. Toward the bottom of the page you will see several of his works available to download for free in PDF format. For instance, the Hymns of the Apostolic Church.

What I enjoy most about Brownlie’s hymn collection is the way he categorizes them into topics. He often has a Morning category, plus an Index of First Lines.

Below is a morning hymn from the Hymns of the Apostolic Church.

I
The morn awakes; from eastern hills
The golden light creation fills;
And arrows chase the night that flies
Before the ever-brightening skies.
II
The morn awakes; up, soul of mine,
And, like the morn, in beauty shine;
Strong, as the high-ascending sun,
Thy race of duty boldly run.
III
Night for the weary comes at length;
Morn gives the soul the needed strength;
Light shall thy path encircling, cheer,
And melt each lingering cloud of fear.
IV
O Light of lights, when night descends,
And brooding fear my life attends,
Shew to my soul, that night departs
When morning trims her glowing darts.
V
O Christ, Who art my Better Sun,
Bright shines the day with Thee begun;
No terror can the mind oppress,
Nor cloud th’ aspiring soul distress.
VI
To Thee, O glorious Light of light,
Be honour paid when morn is bright;
To Father, and to Spirit blest,
Be glory every day exprest.

Here’s a link to one of my own Morning Songs.

Morning Song

A morning song starts to rise,
Fresh light conquers darkened skies,
New mercies shine on me.
I start the day satisfied,
Breakfast of Words as my guide,
Joy and wonder fill my soul.

Lord, raise up songs like the sun,
Send rays of praise from my tongue
I will sing of Your mercy,
I will sing of Your mercy,
I sing of love and mercy.

My morning prayers rise on high,
Dark thoughts gone left in the night,
Wrestled away by The Day.
I send more prayers to Your throne,
The conversation goes on,
Love and mercy never end.

When the evening comes to me,
I dream of eternity,
Forever in morning song.

Behind the lines

I’m grateful for new mornings and new mercies and love that never ends.  One of my favorite passages is Lamentations 3:21-26:

But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
(Lamentations 3:21-26 ESV)

One day the mornings will never end for those who are in Christ. No sickness, no sin, no death, and no darkness.

Are you ready for eternity?

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