Can You Guess the Christian Worship Song From a Lyric?

RELIGION

Tasha Moore

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The Christian hymn book gets shines throughout this worship song quiz. Get your vocal chords ready for a tuneful mission that tests your knowledge of famous devotional songs. (Singing the lyrics is optional, but we'd like your best guesses either way.)

Christian worship songs inspire encouragement that emboldens the spirit. The lyrics are easy to memorize and sing, even when our knowledge of official biblical scripture is wanting. And should we misremember them, we can still hum out the catchy tunes.

Many of today's songs sung in churches across the globe were authored in the 18th and 19th centuries, times when Christian revivalism was at an all-time high. Even the more modern worship tunes borrow lyrics, styles and melodies from the songs of the revival epoch. Simple lyrics penned during America's expansion period enticed new non-English-speaking European settlers and English-challenged American natives to embrace the Christian faith. It's not too far-fetched to imagine early Christian American pioneers whistling tunes like "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" and "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" as they pushed wagons westward. In a sense, we still do these things today, which is a reason why worship songs are so timeless and necessary!

Build pleasant harmonies; guess these sweet-sounding song titles with your friends! 

Name this song's title: "At last the march shall end; the wearied ones shall rest..."

"Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart" summarizes the meaning of Psalm 9:2, which reads, "I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High." E. H. Plumptre penned the praise song in 1865.

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"...He who died / heaven's gate to open wide..."

The well-known refrain of the worship song "Jesus Loves Me," written by Anna Bartlett Warner, is "Yes, Jesus love me! The Bible tells me so." Proverbs 8:17 offers a fitting Christian corollary: "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me."

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"O enter then his gates with joy, within his courts his praise proclaim!"

"All People That on Earth Do Dwell" reflects the theme of gratitude offered in 2 Chronicles 5:13: "...to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord." Revelation 5:9 confirms that all people will sing "a new song... out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation."

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"Lord, I would clasp thy hand in mine, nor ever murmur nor repine..."

Divine leadership is echoed in both Testaments. Rebekah's story in Genesis mentions, "I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren." In John 12, Jesus assures his followers that he is the way: "If any man serve me, let him follow me... him will my Father honour."

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"Since I must fight if I would reign, increase my courage, Lord!"

Revelation 3:21 offers a glimpse of the reward of steadfastness for a soldier of the faith: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne." Issac Watts wrote "Am I A Soldier of the Cross?" in 1724.

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"For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, friends on earth, and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild..."

The refrain of "For the Beauty of the Earth" is "Christ, our Lord, to you we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise." The song bears witness to what the prophet communicates in Malachi 1:11 when God promises, "...my name shall be great among the Gentiles...among the heathen..."

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"The busy tribes of flesh and blood, with all their lives and cares..."

James 4:14 puts the "lives and cares" of humans into perspective: "For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" was written in 1719.

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"For nothing good have I where-by Thy grace to claim..."

"Jesus Paid It All" recognizes the price that Jesus paid so that his followers might be freed from sin. The song's refrain further explains, "Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow."

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"There's not a plant or flower below but makes your glories known..."

"I Sing Th'almighty Power of God" speaks to God's mighty presence in all things on the Earth. God's "hand hath formed the crooked serpent," as explained in Job 26:13. He also formed "every good...and every perfect gift," according to James 1:17.

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"How the heart yearningly turns to His rest! Often when earth has no balm for my healing..."

Ruth 2:12 also implies a refuge theme: "...the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust." Wing-of-refuge symbolism also exists in Psalm 36:7: "O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings."

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"Be endless blessings paid; salvation, glory, joy, remain forever on Thy head..."

"Behold the Glories of the Lamb" calls believers to express adoration in their praise of God. Other lyrics state, "Let elders worship at His feet, the church adore around...," as Isaiah 61:10 promises similar joy in worship: "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord."

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"What rejoicing in His presence, when are banished grief and pain..."

Mark 13:26 promises a face-to-face encounter with "the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory." Writer Carrie Ellis Breck penned a similar message in the song's chorus: "Face to face I shall behold Him, Far beyond the starry sky..."

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"Thus all my toilsome way along, I sing aloud thy praises..."

"Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above" takes on the concept of praising God in spite of long suffering. Romans 14:18 offers tested worshipers hope that God approves of resilience in faith: "For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God..."

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"Sin stains are lost in its life-giving flow..."

"There is Power in the Blood" mirrors biblical expositions concerning redemption through Jesus' sacrifice. For example, Ephesians 1:7 specifically states that it is through Jesus Christ that believers "have redemption" and "the forgiveness of sins."

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"This done; the precious ransom's paid! 'Receive my soul!' he cries..."

"Behold the Savior of Mankind," explores justified suffering as Jesus once endured. After Jesus "yielded up the ghost" in Matthew 27, "the earth did quake, and the rocks rent." The song recounts the same crucifixion tale: "...how he groans; while nature shakes, and earth's strong pillars bend!"

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"When by the gift of His infinite grace I am accorded in heaven a place..."

Romans 8:17 confirms this glory in being "heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. "O That Will Be Glory" suggests that it is by God's "infinite grace" that such a thing will happen.

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"Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, if with his love he befriends you."

"Praise Ye The Lord, The Almighty" reminds believers to take stock in God's mighty works. Philippians 4:19 pledges that "God shall supply all your need"; the song questions the believers' faith in this promise: "Have you not seen all that is needful has been sent by his gracious ordaining?"

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"All you may need he will provide... Nothing you ask will be denied..."

Comfort in God's safety is the gist of "God Will Take Care of You," written by Civilla D. Martin in 1904. Psalm 23:4 is, perhaps, the quintessential biblical verse that expresses the theme: "Yea, though I walk through the vally of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me..."

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"To you before your passion they sang their hymns of praise..."

"All Glory, Laud and Honor" exemplies the level of praise that believers should strive for. Numerous biblical scriptures establish reasons for endless "hymns of praise." 1 Timothy 1:17 refers to "the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory."

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"Though sometimes He leads through waters deep, trials fall across the way..."

Genesis 26:24 proves how God is always present in spite of trials, as when he spoke to Isaac saying, "Fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee." Psalm 40:3 recognizes God's presence in spite of what "He Keeps Me Singing" calls the "waters deep": "...many shall see it...and trust" in God.

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"It tells me of a Savior's love, who died to set me free..."

The refrain to "O, How I Love Jesus" is "O how I love Jesus, because he first loved me!" Certainly, Revelation 1:5 defines the true meaning of Jesus's love: "Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood."

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"He speaks, and the sound of His voice is so sweet the birds hush their singing..."

"In the Garden," which illustrates the believers' faith in God as a garden experience. The song's symbolism is similar to the Garden of Eden tale in Genesis 3:8 when Adam and Eve "heard the voice of... God walking in the garden in the cool of the day... amongst the trees of the garden."

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"Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, in you do we trust, nor find you to fail."

"O Worship the King All Glories Above" assures that God is infallible. Deuteronomy 3:24 upholds this same image, as it suggests that God has proven his might: "O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand..."

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"Stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see..."

John 1:29 describes Jesus as "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." "The Old Rugged Cross" sheds light on Jesus's redeeming blood, described as "so divine, a wondrous beauty."

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"Let the sweet hope that Thou art mine my life and death attend..."

Philippians hints that "a calm...thankful heart" as referenced in "Father, Whate'er of Earthly Bliss" is a result of contentment. Philippians 4:11 states: "...for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content... I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

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"He breaks the power of cancelled sin, he sets the prisoner free..."

Charles Wesley's "Blessed Be the Name" prays for help even in praise: "My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim..." Wesley submits the need for the fervent praise of God, as explained in Psalms 150:6: "Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord."

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"Through death into life everlasting He passed, and we follow Him there..."

In Psalm 27:1, the Lord is the "light and... salvation." God's divine leadership extends to "all the ends of the earth" according to Isaiah 45:22, which further asserts that "there is none else" whom the believers should follow. "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" mentions these aspects of God.

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"Though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt..."

"Just as I Am, Without One Plea" describes sin as "one dark blot," just as Psalm 123:3 refers to sin as scarlet. Both the psalm and Charlotte Elliott's song express the need to cleanse these dark, scarlet stains of sin.

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"And all ye men of tender heart, forgiving others, take your part..."

St. Francis of Assisi is said to have penned "All Creatures of Our God and King," a song that involves nature and its creatures in the praise of God. One verse of the song reads: "Thou flowing water, pure and clear, make music for thy Lord to hear..."

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"Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!"

"Christ the Lord is Risen Today" is a lyrical celebration of Jesus's resurrection. The prophet foresaw the laudable occassion in Isaiah 44:23: "Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it... for the Lord hath redeemed..."

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"If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul, you can tell the love of Jesus..."

"There is a Balm in Gilead" reassures that all who seek assistance in faith shall receive it. James 1:5 echoes the sentiment: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally."

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"Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia."

The "Hallelujah Chorus" is filled with the word "Alleluia," which is the ultimate word of praise for God. The author intentionally includes no other words to exemplify the praise sole purpose of the popular Christian tune that is often sung during Christmas and Easter holidays.

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"Oh, if my house is built upon the sand, 'twill fall when the floods are swelling..."

"The Solid Rock" includes the refrain, "My rock is firm, it is my sure foundation, 'tis Jesus Christ, my loving Savior..." Rock symbolism is abundant throughout the scriptures. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus entrusts disciple Peter as the rock upon which he would build his church.

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"When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside."

William Williams authored "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" in 1745. Healing waters are the purifying force in the song. An exemplary verse reads: "Open now the crystal fountain, where the healing waters flow."

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"Then, with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise, out of my stony Bethel I'll raise..."

Sarah Flower Adams' song "Nearer, My God, to Thee" refers to Bethel, which is "the place where God spake to Jacob" in Genesis 35:15. The song expresses a yearning to connect directly with God as Jacob did: "There let the way appear, steps unto heaven; all that thou sendest me, in mercy given..."

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