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.
Jesus, these eyes have never seen That radiant form of Thine; The veil of sense hangs dark between Thy blessèd face and mine. I see Thee not, I hear Thee not, Yet art Thou oft with me; And earth hath ne’er so dear a spot, As where I meet with Thee. When death these mortal eyes shall seal, And still this throbbing heart, The rending veil shall Thee reveal, All glorious as Thou art.
—Ray Palmer 1808-1887