Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:19-21).
Today's Morsel: There's a new book on the market entitled, "Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns." Many churches today don't sing the old traditional hymns. I have noticed that most singing in churches these days don't exalt Jesus, but exalt self. Many people call them seven-eleven song (Seven words sung eleven times). The psalms and hymns of old exalted and lifted up Jesus. Most of today's generation would have no clue of the word of the songs such as, "Jesus Loves Me," or "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," or "The Old Rugged Cross." I have noticed that today's songs are more about the sound of the beat and music than the words. Many pastor and saints are losing their hearing because of loud music. Many churches are taking pop as well as rhythm and blues songs and adding a few words about heaven and calling it gospel. Most traditional gospel songs originated in the fields being sung by slaves as a way of relieving stress and pain of the hard day's work in the seething sun, and as a means to keep their eyes on the Lord and His promise of a better place. It was a form of worship to God for deliverance, and God heard their cry. Paul said that we are to speak to ourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord. There is always power in the songs that we sing that exalt Jesus. If you are feeling as though you are picking low cotton today, let me encourage you to sing the song below through a few times and see what a difference it will make in your life.
1. There is coming a day, when no heart aches shall come, no more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye, all is peace forever more, on that happy golden shore, what a day, glorious day that will be. (Chorus)
2. There'll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear, no more sickness, no more pain, no more parting over there; and forever I will be, with the One who died for me, What a day, glorious day that will be. (Chorus)
Chorus: What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see, when I look upon His face, The One who saved me by His grace; when He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the Promised Land, what a day, glorious day that will be.