Can You Finish These Hymns That Most Christians Know by Heart?



By: Tasha Moore

6 Min Quiz

Image: Shutterstock

About This Quiz

What word do you think occurs most frequently in Christian hymn titles? "Jesus" is a good guess, right? You'll contemplate other questions of this sort while taking the quiz that will enhance your knowledge of the holiest and most sung Christian tunes that you can possibly imagine. You might recall the notes of these famous hymns, but see if you can nail the concluding words in this quiz. 

Christians celebrate their faith by a number of means, and joyous songs are at the top of the list. This test offers comparisons between Christian hymn lyrics and similarly-themed Bible verses from the Old and New Testaments. If you are a Bible connoisseur, you should know that the Old Testament book of Psalms is written as a compilation of songs, for the most part. Christian songwriters heavily influenced by the book of Psalms often tweaked the original words a bit and added sweet melodies, of course.

Before your mission, browse Psalms a few times and try to remember influential Bible quotes so that you can score huge on this fun Christian pop quiz! We promise; it'll be time well spent!

"Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice, give thanks and..."

An excellent reference for this hymn is the fourth chapter of the New Testament book of Philippians at the fourth verse, where it says, "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice." The name of this hymn is "Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart."


"Come thy Almighty King. Help us Thy name to sing. Help us to praise Father, all glorious, over..."

The book of Revelation in the New Testament attests to God's triumphant reign over evil. The title of this hymn is "Come, Thou Almighty King."


"All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with..."

The name of this hymn is "All People That on Earth Do Dwell." The entire one hundredth chapter in the book of Psalms mimics this fervent call to praise God.


"All hail the pow'r of Jesus's name! Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord..."

"All Hail The Power" is the name of the hymn mentioned here. The twenty-first chapter of the book of Psalms at the fifth verse affirms the royalty of Jesus. The verse reads: "His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him."


"Am I a soldier of the cross, a follower of the Lamb, and shall I fear to own His cause, or blush to speak..."

This hymn is called "Am I A Soldier of the Cross?" The sixteenth chapter of the book of first Corinthians also calls for Christians to examine themselves. The thirteenth verse reads, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."


"God is the refuge of His saints, When storms of sharp distress invade; Ere we can offer..."

The name of this hymn is "God Is the Refuge of His Saints," and it echoes the refuge theme of the forty-sixth chapter of the book of Psalms. The seventh verse reads, "The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah."


"O God, our Help in ages past, our Hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our..."

This hymn, which is called "O God, Our Help in Ages Past," reflects perfectly the eternal theme of the ninetieth chapter of the book of Psalms. The first verse reads, "LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations."


"Jesus shall reign wherev'r the sun does its successive journeys run; His kingdom spread from shore to shore 'til moons shall wax and wane..."

These lyrics are taken from the hymn called "Jesus Shall Reign." The seventy-second chapter at the seventeeth verse in the book of Psalms also describes the majestic range of God's reign: "His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed."


"I sing the mighty power of God that made the mountains rise; that spread the flowing seas abroad and built the..."

Other words to this hymn, which is titled "I Sing The Mighty Power of God," include, "I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day; the moon shines full at His command And all the stars obey." The fifty-first chapter of the book of Jeremiah touches on God's wisdom as well: "He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding."


"At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart..."

This chorus is taken from the popular hymn called "At The Cross." The "cross" symbolizes Jesus, who is the greatest sacrifice.


"Behold the glories of the Lamb amidst His Father's throne. Prepare new honors for His Name, and songs before..."

"Behold the Glories of the Lamb" is the hymn referenced here. The song echoes the "lamb" symbolism in the fifth chapter of the book of Revelation, where it reads, "Saying with a loud voice, worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."


"Fairest Lord Jesus; Ruler of all nature O Thou of God and man the Son. Thee will I cherish; Thee will I honor, Thou my soul's glory, joy..."

The hymn referenced here is called "Fairest Lord Jesus." It highlights Jesus' spiritual beauty which manifests as physical beauty.


"Sing praise to God who reigns above The God of all creation; The God of pow'r the God of love, The God of..."

The second Old Testament book of Chronicles in the seventh chapter explains what must be done in order to receive salvation: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin." The salvation-themed hymn referenced here is called "Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above."


"The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want; He makes me to lie down in pastures..."

"The Lord's My Shepherd" is the name of the song from which these lyrics were taken. The twenty-third chapter of the book of Psalms contains identical words.


"Behold the Savior of mankind nailed to the shameful tree! How vast the love that Him inclined to bleed and die for..."

Samuel Wesley, Sr. is the author of this song, which is titled "Behold the Savior of Mankind." The third chapter in the book of Galatians also uses "tree" symbolism. The thirteenth verse reads: "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."


"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy..."

These familiar lyrics are taken from the song "Praise Ye The Lord, The Almighty." Joachim Neander wrote the song.


"Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the..."

"Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" is the name of the tune described here. The song explores the personal relationship that believers enjoy with God.


"Jesus, the very thought of Thee with sweetness fills my breast. But sweeter far thy face to see and in Thy..."

"Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee" is the name of the song described here. It speaks about the joyous effects of following Christ.


"All glory, laud, and honor to Thee, Redeemer, King. To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas..."

These lyrics are taken from the hymn titled "All Glory, Laud, and Honor." Jesus's entry into Jerusalem is implied in the song.


"The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be..."

"The Lord Bless You and Keep You" is the name of the hymn from which these words were taken. The song's words are also considered a religious benediction.


"There is a name I love to hear. I love to sing its worth. It sounds like music in mine ear, the sweetest name..."

"O How I Love Jesus" is the name of the hymn described here. Lyrics in the song also include, "It tells of a Savior's love, who died to set me free. It tells me of His precious blood, the sinner's perfect plea."


"Praise the Lord! Ye heav'ns, adore Him, praise Him, angels in the heights; sun and moon, rejoice before Him; praise Him, all ye..."

These lyrics are from the hymn called "Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him." The one hundred and forty-eighth chapter in the book pf Psalms offers these same words. The third verse also states, "Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light."


"O Worship the King, all glorious above, and gratefully sing His pow'r and His..."

The book of Psalms in the one hundred and seventh chapter also describes passionate praise: "Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders." The lyrics mentioned here are taken from the song "O Worship the King."


"Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Sing O earth His wonderful love..."

"Praise Him! Praise Him!" is the name of the hymn referenced here. The last chapter in the book of Psalms is filled with verses about holy praise.


"O for a thousand tongues to sing, Blessed be the Name of the Lord! The glories of my..."

The hymn mentioned here is titled "Blessed Be the Name." The one hundred and thirteenth chapter in the book of Psalms at the second verse also encourages blessing the name of God. The verse reads, "Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore."


"And can it be that I should gain an int'rest in the Savior's..."

"And Can It Be That I Should Gain?" is the song that contains these lyrics. The fifty-third chapter of the book of Isaiah at the fifth verse explicitly states what the blood of Christ has done for believers: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."


"O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise; the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of..."

The song "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing" is the hymn referenced here. The nineteenth chapter of the book of Luke describes how a multitude praised God at once for wondrous acts seen: " And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works."


"Hark! the herald angels sing. Glory to the new born King. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners..."

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is the hymn referenced here. This hymn celebrates the birth of Jesus and is commonly sung during the Christmas holiday season.


"Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Sons of men and angels say..."

"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" is a spirited tune about the resurrection of Jesus. The hymn is quoted here, and also includes the lyrics, "Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing ye heavens, and earth reply alleluia!"


"Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly, while the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still..."

"Jesus, Lover of My Soul" is the source for these melodic words. The thirteenth chapter of the book of Hebrews also explores the believer's personal relationship with the Savior. Verse five assures, "[he] will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."


"For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth..."

These lyrics are from the famous hymn called "Hallelujah Chorus." The sixteenth chapter of the book of first Chronicles touches on the omnipotence of God at the thirty-first verse, which reads, "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth."


"When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking..."

The hymn referenced here is called "When Morning Gilds the Skies." The third verse of the one hundred thirteenth chapter in the book of Psalms, like the hymn, encourages continuous praise: "From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised."


"Guide me O Thou great Jehovah. Pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but Thou art mighty. Hold me with Thy pow'rful..."

The forty-third chapter of the book of Isaiah touches on God's guidance in the midst of troubles. The second verse states, "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee." The hymn referenced here is "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah."


"Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount I'm fixed upon it, mount of God's unchanging..."

"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" is the song referenced here. The third chapter from the second book of Peter in the New Testament echoes the theme of God's unwavering consistency. The ninth verse includes, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward."


"Father, what - e'er of earthly bliss Thy sov - 'reign will denies. Accepted at Thy throne, let this my humble prayer..."

The last chapter of the book of first Peter establishes a link between Jesus's suffering and that of his followers: "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." The lyrics presented here are from the hymn "Father, Whate'er of Earthly Bliss," which reflects on the earthly bliss denied to followers.


Explore More Quizzes

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!