Scripture Allusions in Hymns
(Bible References in Hymns)

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Scripture Allusions in Hymns - Index:

Go to Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Go to Good News of the Kingdom

Go to Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Go to Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

Go to Jesus Loves Me

Go to Joy to the World

Go to My Hope is Built

Go to O Little Town of Bethlehem

Go to Were You There

Go to What Child is This?


Eternal Father, Strong to Save
"The Story and Scriptures Behind 'Eternal Father, Strong to Save' ''
- Known as the "Navy Hymn." Based on scripture -- Psalm 104:5-9, Matthew 8:23-27 (Jesus stilling a storm), Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus walking on the water), Genesis 1:1, and Psalm 107:23-32. William Whiting wrote this hymn in 1860 describing God's power over the mighty oceans, and to assure a student who was departing for a sea voyage from England to America. This writeup includes a link to a congregational singalong video with projected lyrics (including a stormy seacape video of Roker Lighthouse, Sunderland, U.K.). This writeup also includes a link to the U.S. Navy Seachanters singing this hymn a capella. This hymn is especially suitable for singing on or near Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or Remembrance Day holidays. (Updated 27Sept2016)
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Good News of the Kingdom - Healing Hymn
"Good News of the Kingdom" is rich in scripture references. This hymn by Whitney V. Myers is based on Matthew 9:35, "Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness." The hymn addresses inner healing, especially healing of painful memories. Other scripture allusions include Matthew 4:17, Matthew 10:1, Mark 1:40-42, Psalm 51:2, Philippians 4:8, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, and Colossians 1:27. (21July2016)

Youtube Video link - Good News of the Kingdom - Healing Hymn (use cntrl + click on this link, then open the YouTube icon on your screen where it says "Good News of the Kingdom")
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Composer's Notes about Scripture References - PDF for Printing
Link to keyboard and singing scores under "Original Hymns"

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
"Scripture Allusions, Bible References, and Devotion for the Hymn, 'Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah' "
- “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovoah” is rich in Old Testament scripture allusions (Bible verse references), particulary Exodus 13:17-22 (pillar of cloud by day and pilar of fire by night). This devotion provides Bible verses for each verse of the hymn. (Updated 21Apr2017)
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Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
"Scripture Allusions, Bible References, and Background for the Hymn, 'Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!' " - This devotion provides the scriptures from Genesis 3:24, Isaiah 6:1-3, Ezekiel 10:3-5, and Revelation 4:1-11 behind this favorite hymn. The devotion also provides four links to singalong music that you, your Bible study group, or congregation can use for singing. (Updated 27Oct2017)
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Jesus Loves Me
"Scripture Allusions and Story for the Favorite Song, 'Jesus Loves Me' "
- Today perhaps you need to know in a special way that Jesus loves you. "Jesus Loves Me" is one of the most popular Christian hymns worldwide, for both children and adults. This devotion explores the story and scriptures behind this famous hymn. "Permit the children to come unto Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." (Mark 10:14)
(Updated 21Sept2016)
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Joy to the World
"The Story Behind 'Joy to the World' "
- "Joy to the World" is one of the most famous Advent and Christmas songs today. Isaac Watts wrote the words of "Joy to the World" as a hymn glorifying Christ's return at the end of the age. Isaac Watts based "Joy to the World" on Psalm 98:4-9. Lowell Mason arranged the tune from sections of George F. Handel's "The Messiah." (10Dec2016)
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My Hope is Built
"Scripture Allusions (Bible References), and Story for the Favorite Hymn, 'My Hope is Built on Nothing Less' " - This article provides the scripture allusions (Bible references) for each verse of the hymn, "My Hope is Built." The hymn principally refers to Jesus' teaching about the house built on the rock, Matthew 7:24-27. The hymn text author, Edward Mote, also describes that our hope is built on Jesus' blood and righteousness (Romans 5:8-9) as well as God's unchanging grace (Ephesians 2:8-9 and Hebrews 13:8). (27Oct2017)

YouTube Video Link - My Hope is Built (use cntrl + click on this link, then open the YouTube icon on your screen where it says "My Hope is Built")
Download PDF file - Scripture Allusions Article for "My Hope is Built"
One-Page Lyrics and Bible References Sheet - PDF for Printing
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Link to keyboard and singing scores under "Hymn Arrangements "

O Little Town of Bethlehem
"The Story Behind 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' "
- Rev. Phillips Brooks, pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Philapdelphia, wrote the words for "O Little Town of Bethlehem" in 1868. He was inspired by his sabbatical trip to the Middle East in 1865, where he visited the town of Bethelem and and the Christmas Eve services at the Church of the Nativity on December 24, 1865. Lewis H. Redner was organist at Trinity Church in Philadelphia and composed the tune for Rev. Brook's poem. Mr. Redner received the inspiration for melody for the tune from an "angel strain whispering" in his ear. (13Dec2016)
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Were You There
"Scripture Allusions, Bible References, and Devotion for the African-American Spiritual, 'Were You There?' "
- “Were You There” focuses on the Biblical account of the crucifixion, death, and entombment of our Lord Jesus. The five verses of “Were You There” are suitable during Holy Week and especially on Good Friday. This devotion provides the scripture allusions and Bible references for each verse of this favorite African-American spiritual. (Updated 22Sept2016)
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What Child is This?
"The Story Behind 'What Child is This?' "
- William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898) was an Anglican layman and a writer of hymns and carols. He was an insurance man by trade but a poet by heart. At the age of 29, he was struck with a near fatal illness. While recovering, he experienced spiritual renewal that led him to write the lyrics to "What Child is This?" which was subsequently set to the English folk song, "Greensleeves." (16Dec2016)
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Go to Bible Verses About Music page - A list of over 200 Bible verses about music, choir, and hymns orgaganized by topic: Praise, Joy, Thanksgiving, Proclamation, Singing a New Song, Choir, etc. Useful for choir devotions and for research about music in the Bible.

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