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 this month on the words of the hymns we so often sing.
When I shall wake in that fair morn of morns, After whose dawning never night returns, And with whose glory day eternal burns, I shall be satisfied. When I shall see Thy glory face to face, When in Thine arms Thou wilt Thy child embrace, When Thou shalt open all Thy stores of grace, I shall be satisfied. When I shall meet with those that I have loved, Clasp in my eager arms the long removed, And find how faithful Thou to me hast proved, I shall be satisfied. When I shall gaze upon the face of Him Who for me died, with eye no longer dim, And praise Him with the everlasting hymn, I shall be satisfied.—Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)