I love the book of Psalms. The largest book in the Bible is actually a music book. I like to call it a HIM book, because it's all about exalting and worshiping God! Many of our modern day praise and worship lyrics are taken from the Psalms.
In Colossians 3:16, the apostle Paul instructs, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God" (NIV).
One way the word of Christ can dwell in us richly is through song!
Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
During my quiet time walks with Abba Father in the morning, I sometimes take my hymnbook. I like to thoughtfully, prayerfully read the words out loud as I walk. Sometimes, I break out with the melody. What a special time entering into the heart of the hymn writer as s/he exalts God.
Revisiting old hymns may seem archaic for some Christians nowadays. How sad, since hymnology is rife with biblical doctrine about God, salvation (redemption), sanctification (growth in Christ), and the believer's future glorification. Hymns center in who God is and what He has done for us. When so much Christian music today focuses on self, hymns focus on God--the place to begin if we are ever to experience victory and the joy and peace we desire.
In addition, hymns make us think. We're called upon to stop and ponder, chew on the words and the meaning. No burger and fries meal here; hymns offer a full course meal to digest and to satisfy. Don't get me wrong--I'm one of those Christian music lovers who likes variety (modern praise choruses, spiritual songs, and hymns), but once in a while, I like to pull out that old hymnal and sing a few tunes.
As I revisit a five hymns in this post, perhaps you'd like to play along. Can you guess the name of the hymn from the line below?
1. " . . . . how sweet the sound; that saved a wretch like me."
2. "There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not."
3. "I trust the Ever-living One--His wounds for me shall plead. I need no other argument,"
4. "Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,"
5. "I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how He could love me,"
So, any of the above lines ring a bell? Post your answers in the comments section below.