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We had such a lovely church service yesterday.
It ended with the Hymn, 
Victory in Jesus!

This hymn was written in 
1939 by Eugene Bartlett,
(Copyright: BMI Work #1803360)
and it goes like this.
 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.
I love the reminder that the battle
was won at the moment of salvation!

The chorus tells us that He loved 
us first.  Before we even knew Him.....
Pretty incredible!

By the time the congregation got to the third verse
the volume had swelled and the praises were
winging Heavenward with gusto...
Someone had begun clapping
along with the music played on 
piano, violin, mandolin and drum....
the air was electric with praise.

In this song, as in so many
of the lasting hymns the final verse
points directly to our eternal hope.
It paints a word picture of our arrival
in Heaven.  A place prepared for us.

If you have ever had a house built for you
the idea of new construction is likely daunting.
But with Jesus as our mansion builder
we can be sure that it will be completed
on deadline and that everything will be
just as it should be.
So it is no wonder that songwriters over
the years have ended their songs
with this inspiration.

As the church pianist I am in a unique
position to really hear and feel the reaction of the 
congregation to the music. 
Sometimes they are simply processing 
words and notes.
But not today.
Definitely not on this song.
You could tell that everyone was really 
into the words they were singing.

What precious words to have 
tucked into our heads and hearts.

If you have a special song
which speaks to you
I'd love it if you would share 
about it in the comments.

Becky Keeney

Comments (18)

On February 20, 2012 at 2:13 AM , Luella Newkirk said...

Victory in Jesus is the first song that came back to me after several years of rebellion (35 years ago). I was driving 680 freeway in the Concord/Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area in California when it popped into my head - every word came back to me. I was driving, singing and crying at the same time. I cannot tell you what a confirmation it was that God was hearing my cries and bringing me back to Him! Thanks for the wonderful Blog!!

On February 20, 2012 at 5:57 AM , luvinstitchin4u said...

I have memories of Victory In Jesus being the favorite hymn at the church I attended many years ago. It was a wonderful reminder of the victory found in Him. We always were left feeling encouraged.

On February 20, 2012 at 6:50 AM , Angels and Everlastings said...

The new contemporary music is good but there is something special about these old hymns. This is a good one that is always sung on Easter.
He Lives:
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives
He walks with me and He talks with me
Along life's narrow way.
He lives, He live, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives:
He lives within my heart.

On February 20, 2012 at 7:24 AM , myeuropeantouch said...

OH fitting you found you had to write about this hymn. "VICTORY IN JESUS"...My voice and heart always swells and we usually raise the roof in the choir loft when we sing that hymn.
Thank you for sharing such a special hymn...♥♥

On February 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM , Vee said...

It is wonderful to sing and to listen to the singing of the great old hymns (though this is not as old as I would have thought). Sometimes churches teach all new songs every worship time. As you say, that is not as conducive to knowing the words and using them as worship. You are in a cool vantage point, Becky! I can't help but think about the Lord's as He listens to the praise and worship.

On February 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM , Crafty Mommas said...

beautiful Becky! thanks for sharing!

On February 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM , Joyce Butler said...

Becky thank you for sharing. I believe God is doing something to our worship. I had a dream before church that our new drummer did some interesting rhythms. Got out of his comfort zone, past the religious activities. He did drum as we have a intern pastor who is musical and he was drumming and getting into the worship. My dream also lined up with our sermon. Our worship was awesome too, and it has been getting better each week. We ended with "I will follow Jesus, no turning back".

I love the hymns mentioned above. My favorite hymn is "It is well with my soul" One I need to remind myself about often.

On February 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM , Sheila said...

One of many favorite hymns of mine is the old old spiritual "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord". It brings me to tears every time we sing it in church, especially during Easter season. I also love "On Eagles Wings" which we sang just yesterday.
Thanks for you post Becky, I enjoyed it.

On February 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Wonderful Becky!

One of my favorites is

Our God is an Awesome God.

My all time favorite has to be Amazing Grace.


On February 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

I just read Sheila's comment. Were You There, When They Crucified My Lord!
Johnny Cash has that on his gospel CD and I get shivers every time I hear it.

Come to think of it, besides my favorites, I love every worship for the Lord.


On February 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM , Pillows4fun said...

Lovely words Becky! I felt I was sitting in the pew with you all praising our Lord.


On February 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM , ZudaGay said...

Thank you for this post, Becky! I love the old hymns and I love the new choruses. My favorites of all are
It is Well with My Soul
Great is Thy Faithfulness
How Great Thou Art
Revelation Song

On February 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM , sammysgrammy said...

Isn't it amazing that yesterday all the music at our church was old - no new choruses. In fact one of the praise team members met me outside the sanctuary and said "you'll be happy today - all old songs". Everybody knows I like to sing praises from old songs I dont even have to think about the words - they just flow. I can fully concentrate on Jesus, not needing to learn a new tune or words. One of my old favorites is - O the deep deep love of Jesus...

On February 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM , KarenW said...

This is one of my favorite hymns! I love theses words:

And then i cried
"dear jesus,
Come and heal
My broken spirit"

On February 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Excuse the pun, but you've really struck a chord with everyone, Becky. Thanks so much!

On February 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM , Becky K. said...

I thank all of you for your wonderful comments. I enjoyed each and every one. Thanks for being a wonderful part of this devotional post.

On February 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM , Kelly said...

"Power of Your Love" is my special song. It makes me tear up every time.

On February 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM , Donna (Twinmountainpottery) said...

Thank you for sharing Becky. I also enjoy the new hymns but totally want to also sing the old ones too as they have so much deep meaning. Victory in Jesus is an old favorite of mine.