Christian Henry Bateman, 1813-1889

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Psalm 95:1

A New Testament church should always be a singing church, for sacred song is the natural outpouring of joyous Christian hearts. Of all the world's religions, only Christianity and Judaism are singing faiths. But for the Christian, singing should not be limited to the church services; rather, it should become the Christian's normal daily lifestyle.

[NOTE from Jennifer: I was sharing about this very thing with a sister in Christ yesterday! The mountain-top and valley experiences of my spiritual walk with the LORD have without exception contained time spent praising Him in song....]

Singing God's praises provides many important benefits to believers. There is the awareness that God is pleased when the voice is lifted in praise: "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me..." (Psalm 50:23). Then we learn many important spiritual truths and concepts when we sing. For many of us, our first awareness that God loves us and that He loves "all the children of the world" was gained through a song sung at our mother's knee or in the Sunday School nursery. Singing will also provide encouragement and comfort in times of need. Often when we are experiencing periods of discouragement and despondency, a simple hymn will come to mind and will be used of God to mend our fragile emotions. Also, singing is a preparation for Heaven! The Bible teaches that we will enjoy giving praise and singing throughout eternity.

The hymn "Come, Children, Join to Sing" first appeared in 1843 in a collection edited by the author of this text, Christian H. Bateman.

Come, Christians, join to sing
Alleluia! Amen!
Loud praise to Christ our King;
Alleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice,
Before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice.
Alleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high,
Alleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky;
Alleluia! Amen!
He is our Guide and Friend;
To us He’ll condescend;
His love shall never end.
Alleluia! Amen!

Praise yet our Christ again,
Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain;
Alleluia! Amen!
On Heaven’s blissful shore,
His goodness we’ll adore,
Singing forevermore,
“Alleluia! Amen!”

*For Today*: Psalm 95, Psalm 50; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; I Peter 2:9

When tempted to complain or feel despondent, determine to sing a song of praise. It is one of the best ways to experience calm and contentment when life becomes bleak.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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