from Hymncharts arranger Don Chapman:
My goal here at hymncharts has never been to recreate every hymn you’ll find in a hymnal as I’ve found some just don’t take too kindly to modernization! A good example is At Calvary – it has a distinctive Gospel song feel that resists contemporary chords and rhythms. Maybe one day I’ll figure something out!
Instead I’ve decided to concentrate on the most popular hymns across denominations. I have roughly 150 on the website. By the time I get around to arranging them all, worship styles change it’s time to rearrange them all again for the next generation (thankfully I don’t seem to age LOL!)
So Revive Us Again is a milestone – it’s the first time I’ve arranged this hymn! And what a perfect hymn for the times we live in.
Why Revive Us Again Resonates Today
We need some revival – now more than ever.
- The 24/7 news cycle is filled with one crisis after another
- People are overwhelmed, anxious, and divided
- Churches are struggling to reach the next generation
It’s easy to feel like we’re adrift in 2024.
That’s why the hopeful lyrics of Revive Us Again really strike a chord. This classic was born during another period of societal upheaval back in the 1860s. I’m working on the hymn history and it will BLOW YOUR MIND. But the timeless words still give us an anchor today.
Reminds Us God Is In Control
The core prayer of Revive Us Again says it all. We need God, plain and simple!
- We can make our plans, but the Spirit’s power is essential
- We plant seeds & water, but God brings the harvest (1 Cor 3:7)
- Apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5)
- Singing these lyrics together focuses our hearts on depending on the Lord rather than our own feeble efforts.
Connects Us to Enduring Truth
Hymns like this one connect us to something solid and enduring – God’s faithful character and promises which stand forever.
- When everything seems chaotic, He remains the same
- Through war, pandemics, disasters, His love endures
- He promises to never leave or forsake us (Heb 13:5)
- Joining our voices with past generations teaches us truth is not just a passing fad. The eternal principles in Scripture and songs like Revive Us Again are our bedrock.
So let this classic hymn revive YOUR heart again today! Our God remains mighty to save and ready to work powerfully for those who call on Him.
Download Revive Us Again
Get this arrangement of Revive Us Again only at Hymncharts.com and Worshiphymns.com – you won’t find this fresh take anywhere else! As the arranger, I’m offering this new version exclusively on my sites.