Having Melody in Our Hearts

In olden Biblical times it was frequently the custom for the people to express their praise and thanks to God through music, the hosts desirous of expressing their individual joy gathering together in one divine purpose with love and humility in their hearts. And Paul writes in Colossians, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Just so, to-day, we accept the same privilege of offering praise to God with melody in our hearts.

How often inspiration comes through, and gratitude is felt for, a simple message received from the solo sung at the Sunday service, or from the words of comfort and assurance revealed in our hymns! How grateful we are for the many healings of sickness, fear, and discouragement that take place in this manner! No healing balm is so powerful as spiritually uplifted thought. During a Sunday morning service the words of the solo once brought to one listener such a compassionate appeal of brotherly love that, for months afterwards, the incentive to give more of substantive good to one's neighbor was helpful in overcoming numerous problems.

Magnifying Good
November 20, 1926

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