Hymns about humility

This is a selection of hymns about humility, ie the state of being humble.

The list is inspired by the Parable of the Wedding Feast, told in Luke 14:15-24, where Jesus teaches humility using a story about how to behave at an event. But it is not limited to just hymns about this parable.

It is divided into two parts:   free-use materials that can be freely used with no concerns about copyright (because they are in the public domain), and hymns that may still be copyright depending on the laws in your country.

About humility

Humility, ie the quality of being humble, in is about recognising yourself in relation to God: It involves
  • Submitting to God and to legitimate authority
  • Recognsing the virtues and talents that other people possess and giving due recognition
  • Recognizing the limits of your own talents, ability, and authority.

Being humble, ie exercising humility is sometimes defined as being "unselved", ie a form of temperance which lies in between having pride (haughtiness, undue regard of yourself and lack of regard for God) at one end of the spectrum, and indulging in self-deprecation (unnecessary and untrue self-denouncement which keeps the focus on yourself rather than God's grace).

Humility is particularly associated with Saint Francis of Assisi, and also with St Jospeh.

Free-use hymns

Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast

Draw us in the Spirit's Tether

Humility Thou Secret Vale

Low at His Feet

Miserere - various settings

O Lord I am not Worthy

Only an Earthen Vessel - Naylor

Sweet Humility - Orr

Hymns which may still be copyright

Create in me a Clean Heart - Green?

Earthen Vessels - Foley

Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord - Hudson

Humbly we Adore Thee (actually a Eucharistic hymn, but often associated with teaching about humility due to the title) - Farrell

Humble Yourself Before your Lord and King - Willard

If my People's Hearts are Humbled - Cloninger

Lord Whose Love in Humble Service - Bayley

Lord You Teach us to be Humble - Gilette (ref)

Micah's Theme - Kelly

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