Come Ye Sinners, Poor & Needy

Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy ~ Hymn Study

Music Selections found on YouTube:

  • Fernando Ortega (with Amy Grant) Contemporary version

Music Selections found on Spotify: 

  • Fernando Ortega w/ Amy Grant on the Storm album


Author’s Biography

Joseph Hart was English.  He resisted Christianity while growing up in a Christ-centered home, and eventually even wrote against the preaching of many of the popular preachers (like John Wesley).  In 1757 the prodigal son returned as he came to know Christ and became an independent Calvinist preacher himself.



This hymn was written in 1759, just two years after his conversion.  It rings with the very real knowledge of being a sinner and the grace that frees.  Hart had the revelation of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane showing him that His sufferings were for him (and the Church), a beautiful expression of love and sacrifice.


Bible Verse for Reading, Narration and Copywork

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”         Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

The Prodigal Son as told by Jesus in Luke 15:11-32


Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.


I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.

Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you night

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.


View Him prostrate in the garden;
On the ground your Maker lies.
On the bloody tree behold Him;
Sinner, will this not suffice?

Lo! th’incarnate God ascended,
Pleads the merit of His blood:
Venture on Him, venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude.



Charms:  a power of pleasing or attracting, as through personality or beauty

Bounty:  a generous gift

Nigh:  near in space, time, or relation

Laden:  burdened; loaded down

Tarry:  to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.

Prostrate:  to cast (oneself) face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration.

Suffice:  to be enough or adequate for; satisfy

Incarnate:  embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form

Ascended:  to move, climb, or go upward


Venture:  to take a risk; dare; presume




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Holy Ghost with Light Divine

Holy Ghost with Light Divine ~ Hymn Study

Music Selections found on YouTube:

Music Selections found on Spotify: 

  • Walden Grove Orchestra (instrumental)
  • Remedy Collective (also found on YouTube) This version has a current melody with a beautiful horn sequence.  They only sing verses 1, 3-5 but I really enjoy it for personal listening pleasure.


Author’s Biography

Husband of hymn­ist Eliz­abeth Reed, An­drew Reed (1787-1862) at­tend­ed Hack­ney Coll­ege, Lon­don, and be­came a Con­gre­ga­tion­al min­is­ter. He was pas­tor at the New Road Cha­pel, St. George’s-in-the-East, then at Wy­cliffe Cha­pel, which he helped build in 1830. He al­so earned a de­gree from Yale Coll­ege, and found­ed the Lon­don Or­phan Asy­lum and Reed’s School in Cob­ham, Sur­rey. He wrote 21 to­tal hymns



This hymn is an important teaching on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life.  The Holy Spirit, if regarded, can offer direction, reveal Truths, sanctify my life, and be a strength and power to enable God’s ministry to flow through me.  Complete surrender to the Holy Spirit is complete surrender of our lives to Christ.  (Osbeck, 1985)


Bible Verse for Reading, Narration and Copywork

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.                                         John 14:15-18 (NKJV)


Holy Ghost, with light divine,
Shine upon this heart of mine;
Chase the shade of night away,
Turn my darkness into day.

Let me see my Savior’s face,
Let me all His beauties trace;
Show those glorious truths to me
Which are only known to Thee.

Holy Ghost, with power divine,
Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;
Long has sin, without control,
Held dominion o’er my soul.

Holy Ghost, with joy divine,
Cheer this saddened heart of mine;
Bid my many woes depart,
Heal my wounded, bleeding heart.

Holy Spirit, all divine,
Dwell within this heart of mine;
Cast down every idol throne,
Reign supreme, and reign alone.

See, to Thee I yield my heart,
Shed Thy life through every part;
A pure temple I would be,
Wholly dedicate to Thee.


Object Lesson on the Holy Spirit

I can’t imagine a child that hears about the “Holy Spirit” or the “Holy Ghost” for the first time and doesn’t picture an actual ghost inside them.  This can be a very confusing topic to explain so I found this study for families with a great object lesson that will make explaining the Trinity a little easier.


Divine:  coming from God: divine laws; divine guidance. Extremely good or unusually lovely.

Dominion:  the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority.

Woes:  grievous distress, affliction, or trouble:

Idol:  an image or other material object representing a deity other than God to which religious worship is addressed.  Something regarded with blind admiration, adoration or devotion.

Reign:  to have control, rule, or influence of any kind.

Yield:   to give up or surrender (oneself)

Devotion One

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.  He intercedes in our prayers before the Lord, bringing even the cares of our heart that we can’t put to words.  He is our helper, always seeking to build relationship between us and the Lord.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.                                          Romans 8:26-27 (NKJV)


Devotion Two

The Holy Spirit points out sin in our hearts and minds.  He encourages us to repent and choose a path that will honor the Lord.  He teaches us God’s Word so we can understand and obey it.

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.      Galatians 5:16-18 (NKJV)


Devotion Three

The Holy Ghost is the giver of hope, one of the greatest powers in the world and in a Christian’s tool box of disciplines, able to overcome evil.

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.              Romans 15:13 (NKJV)



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Osbeck, K. W. (1985). 101 More Hymn Stories. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.