Sing to the Lord a joyful song,
Lift up your hearts, your voices raise,
To us his gracious gifts belong,
To him our songs of love and praise.
For life and love, for rest and food,
For daily help and nightly care,
Sing to the Lord, for he is good,
And praise his Name, for it is fair.
For strength to those who on him wait,
His truth to prove, his will to do;
Praise ye our God, for he is great;
Trust in his Name, for it is true
For joys untold that from above
Cheer those who love his sweet employ,
Sing to our God, for he is love;
Exalt his Name, for it is joy.
For life below, with all its bliss,
And for that life, more pure and high,
That inner life which over this
Shall ever shine, and never die.
For he is Lord of heav’n and earth,
Whom angels serve and saints adore,
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To whom be praise forever more.
J. S. B. Monsell
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him.....Psalms 105:2
Very few Christians live in a world of music - where words become notes and the notes become songs.
But through the ages, thankfully, God has gifted certain men and women who have written words and who have composed notes. The end result is that Christendom now has a vast number of marvelous hymns!
However, it is the duty of every Christian to take some of those hymns and make them personal and not just confine those songs to be sung only in church. For life is not lived out in church, but life is lived out at home, at work and wherever we go.
But why do we so little sing when we are away from church?
Do we not have in a week’s time numerous fears, cares, temptations, and worries to contend with? Don’t we face broken dreams, aching hearts, and ill health? Are we not slow to trust God in everything? Are we not possessors of “little faith?”
Haven’t we been redeemed? Haven’t we been sealed by the Spirit? Haven’t we been made complete in Him? Aren’t we bound for Heaven?
How can we not help but sing songs of encouragement to ourselves?
How can we not help sing hymns of praise and adoration to God?
Enough with questions.
Let’s end with a glorious thought: as we personally sing our songs of encouragement or praise, perhaps........perhaps..... perhaps someone might hear, turn to God and seek forgiveness of their sins!