In this every man must be his own minister. Alexander.A music of wild excitement was used in the worship of Cybele, and of Salazion, the Phrygian Diouysos. Davenant.I. Facts of history, deeds of prowess, wonderful providences, are handed down in song, and are in this form better remembered and more easily preserved. Christian truth is calculated to incite the highest feelings of the soul, and these lofty emotions would find utterance in "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." This can only be realized by the Comforter "bringing to remembrance whatsoever He hath said unto you." George Muller, who by faith and prayer supported thousands of orphans, experienced the same solid joy in the Lord. (2)When Christians meet together (1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 5:19).II. Rut I think that to sing with grace is to exercise the graces of the heart in singing, i.e., with holy joy (Psalm 9:2); trust in God's mercies (Psalm 13:5); a holy commemoration of God's benefits (Psalm 47:6); yea, with the desire of our hearts that our singing may be acceptable (Psalm 104:33-34).3. While the "psalm" by right of primogeniture, as at once the oldest and most venerable, occupies the foremost place, the Church of Christ does not restrict herself to such, but claims the freedom of bringing new things as well as old out of her treasure house, a new salvation demanding a new song. (2) But it must be as the Word of Christ. The songs of Christians ought not to aim at promoting dissoluteness or gain; but to be employed in celebrating the praises of the Redeemer. This is no fiction; it was related by the singer himself, who said he believed Toplady's sweet "Rock of Ages" saved many another besides himself and wife. The highest strains of the orator are poetical.2. Ὀδή is the only word of this group which the Apocalypse knows (Revelation 5:9; Revelation 14:3; Revelation 15:3). Davenant. Could they hold out a little longer? )The indwelling Word of ChristR. This can only be realized by the Comforter "bringing to remembrance whatsoever He hath said unto you." It must be this much, or it can be nothing vital. F. Pentecost, D. D.— A little boy came to one of our city missionaries, and holding out a dirty and well-worn bit of printed paper, said, "Please, sir, father sent me to get a clean paper like that." )The indwelling of the WordT. While the "psalm" by right of primogeniture, as at once the oldest and most venerable, occupies the foremost place, the Church of Christ does not restrict herself to such, but claims the freedom of bringing new things as well as old out of her treasure house, a new salvation demanding a new song. But what a long way we have travelled from it to a modern congregation, standing with hooks that they scarcely look at, and "worshipping" in a hymn which half of them do not open their mouths to sing at all, and the other half do in a voice inaudible three pews off.(A. Intellectual merit. ITS INDWELLING. He therefore acts the hypocrite who sings with the heart asleep. "They would both profit and delight." We must sing with our hearts, not with our tongues only for ostentation. Sermon Notes – 2/13/2011. How many cares have been relieved by some well-known hymn? HYMNS. But though necessary, how many unnecessary things are preferred before it. (2) Most Christians can name a text apparently having little to do with Christ, which has become, nevertheless, one of His best remembrancers. Psalms, etc., must be SPIRITUAL.1. Then in listening to Bible teaching we are listening to Christ Himself. For a deep feeling of anxiety on the part of a ruler in the ancient Church that sacred song should be beautiful, see the story how Ignatius brought back the melody of angels heard in vision to his Church at Antioch (Socrates, Hist. In our own day, with the power of the printing press, this may not be so necessary; but when books had to be copied in MS., and books were scanty, the citation of song and psalm formed an important element of instruction. )The indwelling Word of ChristR. Singing is God's ordinance, binding all sorts of men (Ephesians 6:19; James 5:13; Psalm 66:1-2; Psalm 92:1; Psalm 135:3). How many cares have been relieved by some well-known hymn? And this was only salvation from temporal death I But, methinks, from the bright world yonder the good Toplady must be rejoicing that God ever taught him to write that hymn, which has helped to save so many from eternal death, as, catching its spirit, they have learned to cast themselves alone for help on that dear "Rock of Ages," — cleft, sinner, for them, for you, and for me, and which ever stands rent asunder that it may shelter those who Utter the cry, "Let me hide myself in Thee. Then it will be wise to let the Word of Christ dwell in me as a revelation. THE USES.1. There is not a process of grace promised or commended that it does not promote. Such care for singing, again, is quite of a piece with Paul's high ideal of womanly grace and beauty in youth (1 Corinthians 11:15), priestlike dignity in age (Titus 2:3), with his recognition of things "lovely" (Philippians 4:3), with his appeal to primary aesthetic instincts (1 Corinthians 11:13), with his horror of "confusion" in public worship (1 Corinthians 14:33), with the word for agrave and majestic beauty in public service expressed in that great foundation-rubric (1 Corinthians 14:40). Gratitude is not improperly joined to songs; because we are moved to sing in joyous and prosperous circumstances, in which condition thankfulness is binding and necessary.2. He therefore acts the hypocrite who sings with the heart asleep. You are not to be content with partial views of God's truth. In quantity. This requires prayerful searching, and much more than reading in haste a chapter in the morning or at night. Class, Culture and Ethnic Identity in Christ Racial Harmony Sunday. "We found it, sir, in sister's pocket after she died; and she used to sing it all the time she was sick, and loved it so much that father wanted to get a clean one to put in a frame to hang up. (3) And how penetrating, as well as powerful, should be its virtue. Men are in quest of Christ, and seek Him in sacraments and holy things and places. This is diversely interpreted; some understand it of the dexterity that should be used in singing; others of the comeliness, right order, reverence, or delight of the heart; others of thanksgiving. (1)For daily exercise (Psalm 101:1-2). What is the use of this? As the soft and plaintive notes floated into the sick chamber, the President turned his eyes up to Dr. Bliss, and asked, "Is that Crete" "Yes," replied the doctor; "it is Mrs. THE USE OR END OF CHRIST'S WORD. 14-15); and with the outward expression in which it finds vent (ver. (2) Thus used, it will dwell. (2) How much of the Word of Christ may be missed unless He is precious. In singing it ought to be our especial care that the heart be affected; they who neglect this, may perhaps please men by an artificial sweetness of voice, but they will displease God by an odious impurity of heart.4. He Himself deals with this subject (John 15:7; John 16:23). Before leaving the burning steamer and committing himself to the merciless waves, he carefully fastened upon himself and his wife life preservers. It secures the harmony of hearts as well as of voices.3. "The clue to the real meaning of the passage is to bear in mind that the apostle is speaking of singing as a Church duty, a part of the Church's corporate life, a declaration of peace among her children, and a means of edification. "Quick, open the door a little," anxiously responded the sick man. "Out of the heart are the issues of life. You can lose your job, there isn’t a trouble-free marriage or family on earth, and the good things in life can be changed instantly by uncontrollable factors, such as war, fire, natural disasters, disease, or death. Therefore farewell to all nugatory, and much more to impure songs.3. The early hymns were of a dogmatic character. Spence, D. D.)Singing with grace in your hearts unto the LordPhrygia was proverbially a land of musicBp. Christ's Word in the morning, selfish prudence all through the day; Christ's Word for religious service, the word of man for the mercantile transaction; Christ's Word for sickness and death, other words for times of health and pleasure; will not do. Let the mind and soul be richly stored. THE EXTENT OF THE POETIC ENDOWMENT IN THE PRIMITIVE CHURCHES. As Moses, David, and others under the impulse of the Holy Spirit, composed their psalms, etc., so we, whether we sing the same or others, ought to do it under the same direction (Ephesians 5:18, 19).2. It is good for spiritual recreation (James 5:13). It opens a well of life; yet many choose the broken cistern.II. )The poets of the New TestamentP. The hymns of the Church have often been as the very shrine of spiritual life, for the preservation of doctrine, and the means of progress. How many Christians have crossed the river strong in the faith with the words of some precious stanza on their tongues which they learnt in the Sunday school?(J. She thought that his enthusiasm was undignified for a king and she rebuked him when he came into the house. The school of devotion; the prayer-meeting.3. The ideas of the primitive Christians were imaginative and creative.III. The hymns of the Church have often been as the very shrine of spiritual life, for the preservation of doctrine, and the means of progress. THE WORD OF CHRIST.1. Even if the focus of a song is to teach and admonish one another, the best way to do it is to remember that we’re not just singing to one another—God is present! Christ's Word in the morning, selfish prudence all through the day; Christ's Word for religious service, the word of man for the mercantile transaction; Christ's Word for sickness and death, other words for times of health and pleasure; will not do. It shows how thoughtfully he considered local circumstances, and adapted his lessons to them. in more places than one states the essentials of a hymn.1. Some write of what they see or hear, but Christ produces the history He causes to be recorded. Corollaries:1. Then it dwells in me. "The clue to the real meaning of the passage is to bear in mind that the apostle is speaking of singing as a Church duty, a part of the Church's corporate life, a declaration of peace among her children, and a means of edification. There is a direct appeal to the will and to the activity of the mind. (5) All sound Christian profit. That the Church, brought at the time when St. Paul wrote into a new and marvellous world of realities, would be rich in those we might be sure, even if no evidence existed to this effect. In Corinth it was valued as a charismata (see also Ephesians 5:19; James 5:13). But, lo! For instruction. (1) If Christ is precious, His Word must be precious. THE USES.1. And this was only salvation from temporal death I But, methinks, from the bright world yonder the good Toplady must be rejoicing that God ever taught him to write that hymn, which has helped to save so many from eternal death, as, catching its spirit, they have learned to cast themselves alone for help on that dear "Rock of Ages," — cleft, sinner, for them, for you, and for me, and which ever stands rent asunder that it may shelter those who Utter the cry, "Let me hide myself in Thee. Let it dwell. The first forms of literature in every country and in great national movements are for the most part in song. THE USES.1. But, lo! Do not force it to tell of Christ formally, so as to offend critics and offend ordinary readers. J. Vernon McGee . Won't you give us one, sir?"(G. "Admonishing one another." Notice the social hearing of the precept as embedded in the context (vers. (Colossians 3:17) WIVES WHO SUBMIT TO THEIR HUSBANDS (Colossians 3:18) HUSBANDS WHO LOVINGLY LEAD THEIR WIVES (Colossians 3:19) FOCUS ON THE FAMILY (Colossians … Corollaries:1. Gratitude is not improperly joined to songs; because we are moved to sing in joyous and prosperous circumstances, in which condition thankfulness is binding and necessary.2. "The clue to the real meaning of the passage is to bear in mind that the apostle is speaking of singing as a Church duty, a part of the Church's corporate life, a declaration of peace among her children, and a means of edification. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 4. Garfield." 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