The song of Moses (Exodus 15:1–19) was both declaration and anticipation: it looked back and forward. Within a few hours of singing this masterpiece of praise, however, the Israelites were murmuring! The question that must be asked then is, how many Israelites sang in the congregation that day with no real feeling or sincerity?
We must ask ourselves the same question. Do we sing with the heart or only with the mouth? Is our singing with an engaged mind, a faithful heart, and earnest desire for the God we praise? Meditate on the words of the hymns we so often sing.
I run to Christ when chased by fear, And find a refuge sure. “Believe in me,” His voice I hear; His words and wounds secure. I run to Christ when torn by grief And find abundant peace. “I too had tears,” He gently speaks; Thus joy and sorrow meet. I run to Christ when worn by life And find my soul refreshed. “Come unto Me,” He calls through strife; Fatigue gives way to rest. I run to Christ when vexed by hell And find a mighty arm. “The Devil flees,” the Scriptures tell; He roars, but cannot harm. I run to Christ when stalked by sin And find a sure escape. “Deliver me,” I cry to Him; Temptation yields to grace. I run to Christ when plagued by shame And find my one defense. “I bore God’s wrath,” He pleads my case— My Advocate and Friend.—Chris Anderson (Copyright 2010 ChurchWorksMedia.com. All rights reserved).