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.
Mindful of our human frailty Is the God in Whom we trust; He Whose years are everlasting, He remembers we are dust. Man is like the tender flower, And his days are like the grass, Withered where it lately flourished By the blighting winds that pass. Changeless is Jehovah’s mercy Unto those who fear His Name, From eternity abiding To eternity the same. All the faithful to His covenant Shall behold His righteousness; He will be their strength and refuge And their children’s children bless.—Paraphrase of Psalm 103; author unknown.