Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear that music ringing. It finds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?

— Robert Lowry


There are hundreds of hymns that are used for praise in churches all around the world, and there are quite a bit that have made a personal impact on my life. It is almost impossible to rank hymns by what is better than the other. For example, it is truly difficult for me to choose between What a Friend We Have in Jesus or Abide With Me. It is difficult for me to choose between Blessed Assurance and Amazing Grace. As a lover of hymns, I recognize that it is only best to simply say what has impacted my life the most.

Now, I understand that many of people’s favorites will not be on this list, and to be perfectly honest I can acknowledge the reasoning behind why one hymn much touch someone more deeply than another. I ask that all can take this list as something that is purely subjective, and not as a way of expressive that these ten hymns are superior than others. In fact, some might argue that these following hymns might not be favorable. Nevertheless, in respect of many writers like Issac Watts, Charles Wesley, and Augustus Toplady, I will not rank anything. May everyone find this list to be a blessing, and maybe an inspiration to add these hymns to one’s consideration. (It’s also worth mentioning that I will be adding modern hymns such as written by Keith & Kristen Getty, Stuart Townend, Bob Kauflin, and others as well.)

  • Near to the Heart of God
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • A Mighty Fortress is Our God
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • He Will Hold Me Fast
  • Holy, Holy, Holy
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
  • Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted
  • What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  • Rock of Ages
  • Great is Thy Faithfulness
  • Before the Throne of God Above
  • In Christ Alone
  • Speak, O Lord
  • What’er My God Ordains Is Right
  • Be Still My Soul
  • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • All I Have is Christ
  • I Will Glory in My Redeemer
  • My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
  • Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
  • There is a Fountain Filled With Blood
  • O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
  • Abide With Me
  • How Can I Keep From Singing?
  • Take My Life, and Let it Be
  • Come Praise and Glorify
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
  • The Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • I’d Rather Have Jesus
  • Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  • Facing a Task Unfinished
  • All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
  • A Hymn of Glory
  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • Christ the Lord is Risen Today
  • Nothing But the Blood
  • Blessed Assurance
  • With Holy Fear
  • Jesus Paid it All

I highly encourage every person who considers Christ to be their Savior and Lord to consider looking these hymns up and giving them a listen. I would encourage to learn at least 10 of them by heart, as I can attest to the many times I needed them in prayer, devotion, and personal worship. This was a very brief and short post for the purpose of hopefully giving an insight on the many hymns one can have as inspiration. Hopefully, I will have the privilege of doing in depth analyses on all these hymns eventually. Of course, that all comes in due time. As of now, it is best to commit to hymns (both old and modern), for they possess a power that many shallow contemporary songs lack, which is this: the majestic music, the powerful messages, and lyrical inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures.

Soli Deo Gloria.