By Zoe Samuel on March 08, 2018
Many believe that one of the most effective ways to praise the Lord is through song. Hymns are songs that form a significant part of the praise and worships aspect of some gatherings, particularly those at church. The word 'hymn’ derives from the Greek term "hymnos” which translates to “songs of praise” in English. Hymns are usually sung in worship of a God or a divine being and their structure differentiates them from psalms and spiritual songs. This is because psalms are incorporated into the Holy Bible as a word of God whereas hymns are composed by humans as a means of worship. Hymns are also poems with a meter of 188.8.131.52., which is in accordance with the ballad stanza.
Many religions have their own variations of hymns, but those in English usually refer to Christianity and are an expression of Christians’ love for Christ. The apostle Paul urged Christians to use hymns as a means of worship. "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,” he said, in Ephesians 5:19.
The unique composition results in the formation of hymns such as “Amazing Grace" by John Newton, "How Great Thou Art" by Carl Gustave Booberg and "Praise to the Lord the Almighty" by Joachim Neander. These timeless hymns are sung in almost every Christian gathering, regardless of the nature of the function, but do you know them? And can you name them from their opening lyrics? Let's find out.