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 Wonderful Words of Life

By Philip P. Bliss, 1838-1876


One of the basic precepts of the Sunday School movement has always been that God’s Word must be carefully and systematically studied by believers of all ages:


            Study it carefully, think of it prayerfully,

            Till in your hearts its precepts dwell;

            Slight not its history, ponder its mystery,

            None can e’er prize it too fondly or well. (author unknown)


One of the earnest concerns of many present leaders is the biblical ignorance of so many church people.  Often precious Sunday School time is spent in teaching everything but the Bible itself.  Yet the churches that do teach the Scriptures diligently and apply their teachings to modern living are the churches that are experiencing great blessings from Heaven.  We never outgrow our need for the Bible; it becomes more helpful to us with the years.


We must also realize that God’s truth revealed to us is never contrary or apart from the Bible.  Often there have been those who have claimed to have extra revelations through visions which supersede the Scriptures.  God’s Word clearly warns against this false assertion (Jeremiah 23:16).


Philip P. Bliss was one of the most important names in the development of early gospel music.  Before his tragic death at the age of 38, he wrote many hymns that went on to be favorites enjoyed by congregations even today.  “Wonderful Words of Life” was written by Bliss in 1874, for the first issue of a Sunday School paper titled, Words of Life. These words still speak to both young and old alike of the importance of God’s Word in our daily lives:


“Sing them over again to me – wonderful words of life!”