- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books (October 16, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581342152
- ISBN-13: 978-1581342154
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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O Worship the King: Hymns of Praise and Assurance to Encourage Your Heart Hardcover – October 16, 2000
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As I calmed down, or tried to calm down, I turned on the radio. Rather than the usual popular music, the station was playing religious music in the wee hours. The most beautiful sound I've ever heard came through the speakers. It was just a lone woman's voice singing without accompanyment. I was ready to go straight to the radio station to determine what it was but the announcer saved me a trip. It was Bobbie Wolgemuth singing "O Sacred Head Now Wounded" from the "O Worship the King" disk of hymns. Most of us grew up learning this tune as "Because All Men Are Brothers" by Peter, Paul & Mary. I believe it originally came from "Saint Matthew's Passion," an 18th Century choral work.
Ms. Wolgemuth's song stilled my beating heart and gave me a sense of peace I've never experienced. I am not a religious man but the beauty of this music convinced me that there must be a living God somewhere.
A year or so ago I heard about well-known and respected Christians like John MacArthur and Joni Eareckson Tada talk about how the old hymns were so meaningful to them and really strengthened their faith. That got me thinking: so it's not just stodgy old 80-year olds who love those old hymns. Maybe there's something to them after all.
So I got this book. And I have been so blessed by it. God has shown me that true worship is so much more than just a feeling. He wants all parts of me - my body, my soul, and my spirit - to be involved in worship. So many in churches today are satisfied with getting only their spirits involved; some want their body involved too (lifting hands, etc.); but the truly mature (I am coming to believe) also get their souls (or minds) involved. Your mind doesn't get involved when you just repeat "Isn't He" fifty times; it does when you sing (and really think about) the wonderful words to songs like "O, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus" or "I Know Whom I Have Believed."
These two songs and eight others are covered in this book. The four authors together make a very effective team, and generally write passages that use their own strong points. MacArthur (always the theologian) writes excellent Biblical exegeses behind the hymns. Joni writes messages full of feeling, often bringing in how she has felt as a quadroplegic and how God has taken her through the rough parts by showing her more and more of His grace.Read more ›
Overall, I found this to be a great book and CD. I loved listening to the wonderfully moving hymns, and I loved reading about them. I think that this is a great resource, one that is sure to be treasured by any Christian. I give it my highest recommendations!
Thanks to these great Christians, theologians and concerned friends for offering a look into this almost lost genre of hymnody.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this CD!! What a wonderful encouragement both the book and CD are to a Christian believer.Published 10 months ago by Susan Dickinson
Great! Used book in great shape at a great book. Was shipped fast.Published 22 months ago by Kathy Bartholomew
Old hymns that are full of worship and full of praise.
God is magnified, praised, and adored in a very respectful way.