Jimmy Swaggart sings a lot of my favorite gospel songs. Back in the mid 60’s a guy in Bulawayo lent me one of his records called: “I’m nearer home,” and wondered if I would like it. Well, I loved it. A few years later I attended the Salisbury Polytechnic to do a survey course, and Pastor Marks lent me 4 of his records. They were such a blessing to me. When I came back to my room, the Beatles would be blaring from one room, and the Rolling Stones from another, and I would go into my room and put on Jimmy Swaggart. It was like heaven came down, and glory filled my soul.
In 1970, I went into the ministry as a gospel singer, showing religious movies. In Durban we went to one of Evangelist Arthur Nippers meetings. He sold Jimmy Swaggart records, and I bought 10 singing records, and he persuaded me to buy 2 preaching ones. These records were such a blessing to me. I played them over and over again for hours, just soaking in the presence of the Lord.
1. I’ve never loved Him better than today – One of my favorite gospel songs by Jimmy Swaggart
I love the fast songs on his early records.
2. God took away my yesterdays
This was the second record..
This was the first record.
I seem to remember a picture of him standing outside a stone church building. When I would listen to the record, I imagined myself sitting inside just basking in the presence of the Lord.
I seem to remember a family picture, with his wife and little boy.
Last night I was singing this song to myself, which inspired me to do this section.
7. You don’t need to understand
This song is such a comfort.
This record was a tremendous blessing to me. Thank you.
I recall this song being on a record where he had the open Bible in front of him. The title was: “Someone to care.”
10. When I get to the end of the way
Another nice song.
11. I’ve never been this homesick before
I first heard this song on his record when I was having meetings with Pastor Eldon King in Arkansas in 1983. I loved this song so much, as I was so homesick for South Africa.
12. He brought me out of the miry clay
All of us sinners are saved through faith in Jesus Christ, and his shed blood on the cross of Calvary.
13. Jesus, just the mention of your name
The credits say this song was written by Mike Murdock. Wow.
14. He chose me
We have a tape of Pastor Johannes Minnie of Port Elizabeth singing this song. He is a big fan of Jimmy Swaggart, so I am guessing that that is where he heard it.
15. Jesus will outshine them all
I had this LP when we lived in South Africa.
16. His hand in mine
I had an this record, plus one of Elvis singing the same song.
17. Remind me
This song was a tremendous blessing to me, and I often sang it at meetings. Years later I heard of Dottie Rambo, who wrote it.
This is one of my favorite gospel songs.
19. Wasted years
I have often sang this song too.
20. Glory, glory, hallelujah, since I laid my burdens down
The other night I was singing in my room, and after I had sung this song, I ended up on my knees by my bed. I feel such an anointing on this song, and such a presence of the Lord when I sing it.
21. Will the circle be unbroken
Pastor Nipper sold me this preaching record and another one. I wasn’t much into listening to preaching, so I hadn’t listened to it. One day I was singing at a church, and a guy asked me if I had this record. I said yes, and he drove a long way back to the Concord Mission Home to buy it from me, and went away rejoicing. This shocked me, so I decided to listen to the other record. It was called: “What shall the end be.” When I finished listening it, I was on my knees next to the record player. Some years later I had some meetings with a minister who had this record, so I was listening to it in his living room, when his wife walked in. I felt such a fool. There I was crying, with tears running down my cheeks.
Jesus suffered so much for our salvation. If we reject him, we have no hope of eternal life. I had this record, and I wish I had the song: “Down the sawdust trail.”
23. Jesus use me
That is my prayer.
24. He washed my eyes with tears
“I saw the blood he spilt upon the sands.”
25. This is just what heaven means to me
To be reunited with loved ones, and see Jesus.
26. I know the Lord will make a way for me
27. Jesus is the sweetest name I know
This chorus takes me way back to my childhood years, when I sang it over and over again in my mind.
An old favorite gospel song.
29. Where the roses never fade
Some people that have been to heaven and back say that the grass is singing all the time. Everything is alive and singing.
30. No one ever cared for me like Jesus
Another old favorite gospel song.
31. Build my mansion
One lady that went to heaven said that for each soul you save, you get one brick towards your mansion.
32. At the crossing
I was so blessed by this song. I love it when people put pictures that tell the story about the song. Very beautiful.
This goes way back.
We need to be like the tree by the water. The water is the Holy Spirit.
35. King Jesus
When we were near the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem looking over at the Golden Gate, we were singing this song. Then a Muslim soldier with a rifle came and told us that we cannot sing that song here.
This is just piano. He plays the piano so good, just like David with his harp. The anointing flows through the fingers.
The greatest worship song.
God wants us to talk to Him and worship Him.
39. I’ll never be lonely again
An old favorite. In the Bible it says the the Lord puts the lonely into families. God doesn’t want anyone to be lonely.
Peace in the midst of the storm. Like the dove in the hole in the cliff by the sea, where the storm is raging, and the waves are crashing, but the little dove sits there peacefully.
41. Farther along
When my little sister was small, she thought we were singing about Dad.
I think this was written by George Beverly Shea, who sang at the Billy Graham meetings.
I first heard this by James Blackwood.
44. One more valley
One more trial. Sometimes people buckle under trials. I think of the two nuns who committed suicde one day before the money came in. If they had waited just one more day, they would have had plenty of money. The whole story is on my other website: favourite-love-songs.com
I have been to the empty tomb too. He has gone! Praise the Lord.
46. Got any rivers
We sang this song many times in churches when I was a teenager. It was a very popular faith chorus.
I played this one a couple of times, and danced around the room. When we first visited America in 1976, we were at a church that danced for about an hour in every service, and this is one of the choruses they used to sing.
I was so happy to find this record cover. It took me back so many years when I bought all of Brother Swaggarts records. I used to imagine myself sitting in that church listening to him sing and play the piano.
49. The old rugged cross made the difference
I think I heard this one first by the Gaither Trio. A very holy song.
50. Only believe
This is another chorus that churches often sang during revival services when I was a teenager.
51. Let me touch Him
This is another song I used to sing a lot back in the 70’s. Such a tremendous song, and I would feel such an anointing.
That is the most important decision in
53. God on the mountain – Cowboy Cumbia
I found it so funny when Brother Jimmy Lee takes his cowboy hat, then puts it on, and says he always wanted to take on the devil at Dodge City.
54. One more river to cross – Young Singers
I had a record of the Singing Rambos singing this one. I think it was written by Bud Chambers. When we had meetings in Arkansas, we used to change the words. “One more river to cross, one more mountain to climb, one more valley that I gotta go through, leava that skunkie behind.” Those skunks on the road had such a bad smell!
55. Through it all
This is one of my wife’s favorite songs. Very good words.
56. Our Lord is coming back to earth again
Come Lord Jesus.
57. Look for me
I looked up this song. If I can remember correctly, it was written by Rusty Goodman, who passed away.
I know who holds my trembling hand.
Some songs I had have been taken off. About a hundred times or more, I have put links to songs on the YouTube, only to find they have later been taken off. Maybe people are uploading pirate copies, or maybe it’s the Pirates of the Caribbean that are taking them. If you see Johnny Depp, please ask him if he has seen the songs!
I have MORE Jimmy Swaggart songs on my gospel site: http://countrygospelandbible.com/