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.
—John Newton (1725-1807)Again our earthly cares we leave, And in Thy courts appear; Again, with joyful feet, we come To meet our Savior here. Within these walls let holy peace, And love and concord dwell: Here give the troubled conscience ease, The wounded spirit heal. May we in faith receive Thy word, In faith present our prayers; And, in the presence of our Lord, Unbosom all our cares.