A hymn is a type of song specifically written for the praise or adoration of God. The word hymn derives from the Greek word hymnos which means a song of praise. Usually hymns are contained in a book called a hymnal.
Hymns are modeled after the book of Psalms or other poetic passages in the bible. Many of them refer directly or indirectly to the person of Jesus Christ. Christians use hymns in either private or corporate worship to help invoke the presence of God.
Someone who writes hymns is known as a hymnist or hymnodist. There are two ways hymns are conceived, either through positive or negative experiences that happen in a person's life. These encounters of one's life can be heard in the lyrics or music.
These hymns are usually written with a full range of human emotions from happiness to sorrow and can make the listener laugh or cry. All of the classic hymns, that speak to our hearts, were birthed through inspiration given by God.
Different circumstances of a person's life have inspired them to write a song with their feelings in words. Some of the greatest hymns were written when extreme tragedy happened in the life of the person writing it. In order for the listener of the hymn to truly experience the beauty of a hymn it's good to know the origin behind the song.
Hymns are one way to encourage oneself as found in Ephesians 5:19-20. Those passages say, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
This list of hymns contains 10 of the most loved classic hymns that people have grown to love through the ages.