Tuesday, September 25, 2012

HYMN TIME #10: "I'd Rather Have Jesus"

Talk about longevity!  George Beverly Shea-- long-time solist for evangelist Billy Graham and composer of the music for this great hymn-- is now 103 years young and still sings! [He recently sang on Guy Penrod's 2012 HYMNS album, for example.] 

"I'd Rather have Jesus" is, in my estimation, one of the most convicting hymns ever written.  Every time I sing it I have to ask myself: "Do you really mean these words?"  Amazing sentiment is this simplest of songs!

Rather than write out the story behind this great song, I will just refer you to this awesome video from a 1965 Crusade, where Shea introduces his solo by telling it himself:

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ..."
-- The Apostle Paul, Phillipians 3:8 [KJV]


old guy rambling said...

Great song great man- I have watched all the videos of him singing many times. Hope others will take a look. Thanks!

Albie The Good said...

OLD GUY: Yup, great man who always just sang for his Master... no frills no pretense.

Thanks for commenting, brother!