There is something about some of the hymns I’ve listened to that just set my heart on fire. Whether it is the depth or the poetic nature of these songs, my heart got revived much more than some of the contemporary songs I listened to.

I’m a die-hard fan of gospel rock with Hillsongs, MercyMe, Kari Jobs, Lauren Diagle, Casting Crowns and a whole of others filling my head. But there are specific periods in my life when I have had to put aside my regulars and pick up a hymn.

So today, I want to share with you, 4 hymns that have touched me in specific ways. I’ll also put up a stanza from each hymn that resonated the most with my soul.

1. There is a fountain.

This song reminds me of the finished work on the cross. In my weak state, it points me back to Christ and what he has done for me.

The first stanza stayed strong on my heart:

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains:
Lose all their guilty stains,
Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.

You can find the full lyrics and tune here

2. How deep the Father’s love for me.

I sang this song almost every time, during my youth service in Gboko. I also remember that at the sent forth, shortly before my p.o.p, I stood before other corps members in the NCCF family house and rendered this song to the house

The second stanza always leaves me mesmerized. It reminds me of the depth of love Christ has for me.

Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life –
I know that it is finished.

You can find the full lyrics and tune here

3. Peace Perfect Peace.

Every time I was confused and frustrated because something wasn’t working as I planned,  this song brought calmness to my soul.

My best stanza: There are two actually. Short but powerful lines.


Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.

Click here for the lyrics

4. Is your all on the altar laid.

I was going through some struggles at a point in my life. A crave for money and fame was diverting me from God’s purpose and as I shared my struggles with my friend, out of the blues, this song popped into my soul. I had not sung the hymn in years and immediately I went in search of it. It settled the doubt I had.

Every sentence in that hymn had a message for me but I think the chorus just would not leave my heart for days. It helped deal with my situation at this moment.


Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart, does the Spirit control?
You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest,
As you yield Him your body and soul.

Find the full lyrics here.

What hymn speaks deeply to your soul? Would you mind sharing with me in the comment section?

Related: My top ten favourite songs of all times.


About the author

Ife Grace

I am a faith blogger with a passion to contribute my quota to the body of Christ. I am also the author of two books: The Reunion and Spring.


  • I Love hymns so much. Though we don’t sing hymns in my current church but being raised in an orthodox church, I still sing hymns during my devotional. My bests are:
    1. Must I go empty handed
    2. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing(this one is my personal anthem)
    3. Come thou fount of every blessing
    4. Master the tempest is raging(Peace be still)
    5. Let all the world in every corner sing

  • I have an anchor that saves my soul. Steadfast and sure while the billows roll fastern to rock which cannot move grounded firm and deep in the saviours love.

  • Whenever I think about the fact that I have not been able to reach my personal goal of evangelising a soul to Christ a day and I need to revive my soul-winning efforts, I sing this hymn, and it sure does revive my soul. The hymn is titled “Must I go and empty-handed”


    1. “Must I go, and empty-handed,”
    Thus my dear Redeemer meet?
    Not one day of service give Him,
    Lay no trophy at His feet?

    “Must I go, and empty-handed?”
    Must I meet my Saviour so?
    Not one soul with which to greet Him:
    Must I empty-handed go?

    2. Not at death I shrink nor falter,
    For my Saviour saves me now;
    But to meet Him empty-handed,
    Thought of that now clouds my brow.

    3. O the years in sinning wasted,
    Could I but recall them now,
    I would give them to my Saviour,
    To His will I’d gladly bow.

    4. O ye saints, arouse, be earnest,
    Up and work while yet ’tis day;
    Ere the night of death o’er take thee,
    Strive for souls while still you may.

    This hymn is one hymn I usually sing whenever I want the LORD to revive my evangelism life.

  • My favourite hymn was sang in Gboko during student’s congress years back….It gives me strength in my weary days…It comes with a new and fresh fire………

    when strong temptations surround me
    And the world’s tempest face me
    And satan comes in like a friend
    Pushing strong for me to fall

    Savior please fail not to call me
    As thou did Adam in Eden
    Saying where art thou oh sinner
    That I may be saved from ruin

    When satan comes with his deceit
    Showing heights of world fame
    For my heart to bow and worship
    Just to gain worldly acclaim

    When all friends and neighbors fail me
    And all comfort flies away
    Deep sorrows come overpowering me
    Like salt grain in tempest sea

    As a dog that no more heareth
    The masters whistles and calls
    I get lost in the world’s wilderness
    Hoping never to return

    When my hope and my confidence
    Gets reposed in mere idol
    When incantation becomes prayer
    And I go chanting around.

  • I really loved that song too. Heard it in gboko too and really sang it for a while…But one time I was listening deeply to the lyrics of the chorus and became uncomfortable with the ‘sinner’ part. How can I give myself a reassurance that God calls me a sinner when I have been saved through his blood. I love the stanzas still… great words. Jayne, thanks for sharing.

  • Hymns that speak deeply to my soul…
    1. Deeper deeper in the love of Jesus
    2. Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
    3. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
    4. Standing on the promises of God
    5. In Christ alone my hope is found
    6. How deep the Father’s love for me


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