13 Old Hymns Every Christian Should Know By Heart

Looking for old hymns? ✓ Here are the 13 most popular Christian hymns of all time.

13 Old Hymns Every Christian Should Know By Heart

Paul Maxwell

Old hymns have carried many Christians through difficult valleys and taken them to spiritual mountaintop experiences.

Christian hymns have a way of connecting the church to its forebears in the faith—to the ancient tradition and saints on whose shoulders we stand.

Certain hymns have become the go-to resource for encouragement for millions of believers across the span of time. These old hymns remind us of God’s faithfulness to Christians of the past so that we can rely on God’s grace in the present.

Here are 13 of the most popular old hymns your church can use to inspire a new season of worship that stands on the momentum of God’s work in history in order to reach a new generation with an ancient message.

1. Amazing Grace // John Newton, England (1779)

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound /

That saved a wretch like me /

I once was lost, but now am found /

Was blind but now I see /

2. How Great Thou Art // Carl Gustav Boberg, Sweden (1885)

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder /

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made /

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder /

Thy power throughout the universe displayed /

3. It is Well // Horacio Spafford, written in the Atlantic Ocean (1873)

When peace like a river, attendeth my way, /

When sorrows like sea billows roll /

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say /

It is well, it is well, with my soul /

4. By Thou My Vision // Dallán Forgaill, Ireland (6th Century)

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart, /

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art /

Thou my best Thought, by day or by night /

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light /

5. All Creatures of Our God and King // St. Francis of Assisi, Italy (1225)

All creatures of our God and King /

Life up your voice and with us sing /

O praise Him, Alleluia /

Thou burning sun with golden beam /

Thou silver moon with softer gleam /

6. Doxology // Thomas Ken, England (1674)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow /

Praise Him all creatures here below /

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts /

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost /

7. Blessed Assurance // Fanny Crosby, New York City, USA (1873)

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine /

O what a foretaste of glory divine /

Heir of salvation, purchase of God /

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood /

8. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross // Isaac Watts, England (1707)

When I survey the wondrous cross /

On which the Prince of glory died /

My richest gain I count but loss /

And pour contempt on all my pride /

9. Jesus Paid It All // Elvina Hall, Maryland, USA (1865)

I hear the savior say /

Thy strength indeed is small /

Child of weakness, watch and pray /

Find in me thine all in all /

10. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God // Martin Luther, Germany (1529)

A mighty fortress is our God, /

A bulwark never failing: /

Our helper He, amid the flood /

Of mortal ills prevailing. /

11. How Firm a Foundation // John Rippon, England (1787)

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord /

Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word /

What more can He say than to you He hath said /

To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled /

12. Crown Him With Many Crowns // Matthew Bridges, England (1852)

Crown Him with many crowns, /

The lamb upon the throne: /

Hark! How the heav'nly anthem drowns /

All Music but its own! /

13. What a Friend We Have in Jesus // Joseph M. Scriven and Charles Converse, Ireland (1868)

What a friend we have in Jesus /

All our sins and griefs to bear /

And what a privilege to carry /

Everything to God in prayer /

Over to you

Old hymns are perfect for any church to add to their worship set.

These songs are chock-full of biblical richness, and they can go a long way in helping you to teach your church about the Bible—and stir their heart’s devotion to Christ.


13 Old Hymns Every Christian Should Know By Heart