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Recently Sandy mentioned the value that hymns have in our worship services and a friend reminded me of Paul’s instructions in Ephesians to include them in our worship times.
Have you ever thought of using them in your daily Quiet Times? Our Quiet Times really are, or should include worship times. For some time now my daily devotional times, morning and night, have included hymns, sometimes several!
It’s not that I sing them out loud – my voice is enough to affect the value that they have – but using one of my many hymn books, I get the words right every time! Often they seem to press home the very Scripture that I have just read (in several different versions), and add depth to the meaning of that Scripture.
And many times these hymns say what I want to say much more clearly than my words.
I know that I am probably able to spend more time than most people have, but think about it: we all have 24 hours (or 1440 minutes or 8640 seconds) in a day. So there must be some way that you can reallocate some time to sing to yourself such words as “How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure, that He should give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure.”
Or a favourite of mine from teenage years: “Calvary, the place where my burden was lifted, Calvary, the place where I was set free, Calvary, the place where my blind eyes were opened, Jesus my Saviour became precious to me.”
And then this one was often asked for in street meetings because “my mother used to sing it to me” … “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame.” Or “Abide with me, fast falls the eventide, the darkness deepens, Lord with me abide.”
I commend to you the practice – just try it!
Warmly in Christ,
Editor: And because Eric has been so economical with words, I will add that when Eric used to lead the prayers, he often used a “puritan prayer” from The Valley of Vision. These can also be helpful to work through for a daily prayer on different topics. You can order this online from Christian booksellers like Reformers Bookshop or The Wandering Bookseller. Or you can access them online from the publisher, Banner of Truth.