Delight In Hymn Books
I am blessed to have about a dozen hymn books. Every Christian should have at least one and having a bunch of them is better. They are spiritual treasure. When we have difficulty getting something from God directly from the Bible, a hymn book can be a delightful source of edification, Bible truth and encouragement. Hymn books are like spiritual textbooks. They can help make us into balanced, well-rounded and fruitful Christians. When we can*t handle the meat of the Word we can handle the milk of a few hymns. Many of the hymn writers were filled with the Holy Spirit as they penned the words of their hymns. God*s hymn writers are wonderful Bible teachers. I have had a couple of books that reveal how God worked in the lives of those hymn writers. They are wonderful examples of faithful Christians. Their biographies are wonderful treasures. The only negative I find about them is the deadness of the hymnbooks in dead churches.
When I feel too dull-witted to study the Bible and yet I don*t want to give time to the Devil by watching worldly TV, I have discovered that reading the words of hymns has been very refreshing. I have found hymns that I had never heard before with messages and truth that I had never heard before. I can*t tell you how many times hymns have lifted my spirit and blessed me. Hymn books are not a substitute for the Bible, but they are a wonderful supplement to it. I have a bookmark in whatever hymn book I am going through so that whenever I have time I can look for some new truth and some new treasure from the Lord. When you have opportunity to get a hymn book or two or more, I would certainly encourage you to do that.
Job 35:10: But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;
Colossians 3:16: 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.
2 Chronicles 29:30: Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.
James 5:13: Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
God*s influence can be powerful when we sing hymns. They may not cause earthquakes as they did for Paul and Silas but they cause earthquakes in my soul.
Acts 16:25-34: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one*s bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
There won*t be any need for evangelists in Heaven but there will be plenty of music there. Hymns can bring a taste of Heaven down to earth.
Revelation 15:3: And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.