Carol Peacock’s Desert Island Hymns



Before the Throne of God Above

There is something about this traditional hymn that seems timeless and the lilting tune has a ‘celtic’ vibe that always lifts my spirits. Its a message of hope and forgiveness which are qualities of the Gospel that I need to be constantly reminded of to stay positive.

Amazing Grace

I find the story of the man who wrote these lyrics an inspiration, John Newton’s chosen lifestyle was so far away from the acceptable Christian ethos yet even he is not excluded from the acceptance and forgiveness of Jesus Christ at that point of realisation and repentance. Gives hope to us all !!

It is Well with My Soul

I fell in love with this song when I heard the story of the writer, the losses he endures, the grief of tragedy yet still he trusts the Lord and finds peace and the strength to carry on.

The Lord’s My Shepherd

Direct scripture to music, such simplicity which suits my taste of uncomplicated language in Christian music.

All to Jesus I Surrender

I aspire to this lyric at times of difficulty in my life. When I cannot understand why things happen or have no control over events, then all I can do is lean on Jesus and trust our heavenly Father with the purposes He has for my life.

And It Can Be
There is another hymn the first two lines of which sums up the meaning of this traditional lyric for me which is;

“I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene.

And wonder how He could love me,a sinner condemned, unclean.”
A rousing, confident tune then the words “my chains fell off my heart was free” – rarely can I finish this one without that dreaded lump in the throat that forbids you to sing further as I consider the completely AMAZING truth that Jesus knows me and has still chosen me as His own.

David Peacock’s Desert Island Hymns

Here are my six. These make me feel the most emotional in church or whenever I hear them . There is something in the lyrics that draws me closer to God. Sometimes I can’t get the words out when I’m singing them and I get something in my eye.  I spent some time choosing the versions that I liked so I hope you like them too. I could have chosen loads and I was surprised how many traditional ones there are here. I don’t have a collection of Welsh male voice lp’s in my collection by the way but two of those hymns just had to be Welsh choir versions.
Tomorrow I will realise that I’ve left out some other favourites but for now here they are.
Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
My Song is Love Unknown
Matt Redman – Once Again
The Lord’s My Shepherd
Love Divine
Amazing Grace

Lis Osborne’s Desert Island Hymns

These are 6 of my favourite hymns/songs. It was so hard to stick to just 6 as I love so many of them!!​

How Great Thou Art

My first one “How Great Thou Art” is one of my all-time favourites, giving glory to God and “When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur” always reminds me of walking holidays in The Lake District with my lovely husband Derek, our time at the Keswick Convention and childhood holidays camping. In our older age, we’ve upgraded to a caravan!

The Power of the Cross

I am a bit of a fan of Stuart Townend songs. They are beautiful and so God-given, God- inspired.
I love this song. It serves as a reminder of what Jesus did for me, for you, taking my sins with Him to the cross, the agony he bore for me, for you. Words cannot describe what He went through. Thank you Lord! I stand forgiven at the cross.

There is a Hope

My 3rd song, again by Stuart Townend and for my Dad! Its a quiet, reflective song and we played it a lot when my Dad was waiting “to go home” last year. It reminds us that Christ is our hope and that as Christians, we are living for that day when we are “truly home”.
Norman Bingham – Rejoicing In Paradise!

Thine be the Glory

A good old classic! I love this old hymn – no explanation needed!

Thou Art Worthy

This is an old chorus too! “Thou Art Worthy”. Revelation 4 v 11 says “Our Lord and God! You are worthy to receive glory, honour and power. For You created all things, and by Your will they were given existence and life”. God’s creation is amazing! I love watching the birds God created in our garden, each with their own personality and markings., the butterflies and flowers. We are truly blessed to be able to enjoy God’s creation. Thank You Lord!

Behold the Lamb

Last but by no means least, “Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)”. I have many memories of thousands of people in the main tent at the Keswick Convention singing this prayerfully whilst passing Communion to each other. A reminder of why we take Communion and “Our call to follow in the steps of Christ, as His body here on earth” – is a reminder to show others God’s love.

Millenium Prayer

Ok, so I said number 6 was my last choice!
I couldn’t help but add this really, really last one!
I know its not Christmas but you know its Christmas in our house when Derek and I get this CD out and sing at the top of our voices to it!
What better prayer to sing at the birth of our Lord, the prayer He taught us.