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.
Celebrate Immanuel’s Name, the Prince of life and peace. God with us, our lips proclaim, our faithful hearts confess. God is in our flesh revealed; Heav’n and earth in Jesus join. Mortal with Immortal filled, and human with Divine. Fullness of the Deity in Jesus’ body dwells, Dwells in all His saints and me when God His Son reveals. Father, manifest Thy Son; breathe the true incarnate Word. In our inmost souls make known the presence of the Lord. Let the Spirit of our Head through every member flow; By our Lord inhabited, we then Immanuel know. Then He doth His Name express; God in us we truly prove, Find with all the life of grace and all the power of love.
—Charles Wesley (1707–1788)