Do you know what Moses and the children of Israel first did when they walked through the push-aside waters of the sea and then saw the sea water return and drown the army of Pharaoh? The headline of this column should give you a hint.
Yes, they sang to the Lord. Exodus 15:1-2 tells us in part what the words to the song were: “I will sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God and I will praise Him…”
These words have been put to modern music, and I remember my husband playing his guitar and leading a weekly Bible study group in singing it.
The ability to sing is a gift God has given to us human beings, albeit some of us do it better than others. Most children start to sing between ages 2 and 3, although their singing might not be very understandable. But as their speaking skills develop, so will their ability to sing.
They might sing about something they are doing, for example. It will take a while, though, for them to be able to sing along with tunes such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or “Jesus Loves Me.” Providing music for young children to listen to is healthy for their singing development.
I don’t recall when my boys first learned to sing. But I remember the time when young David stood before the congregation in my home church and sweetly sang “Jesus Loves Me.”
And some of the members of Gibson Memorial in Spring Hope might recall when James would belt out the doxology during worship services, trying to imitate the way some singers vibrate their voices, ending with the word “Ghost” sounding something like “Gho-oh-ist.”
One hymn says, “Come, Christians, join to sing, Hallelujah.” God likes us to sing praises to Him, something I’m sure we’ll do in Heaven. Won’t that be wonderful?
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.
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