"We'll join the everlasting song . . . "

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August 27, 2014

DD Spring Wednesday

"We'll join the everlasting song . . . " 
Richard L. Floyd

"Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for God is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting." - Psalm 147:1

I grew up singing in church choirs and it was there, in the words of the songs, that I learned most of what I know about the Christian faith.

We lived within walking distance of our little church and I have a vivid memory of walking home after worship on Easter Sunday with my mother and sister singing the hymns we had just sung in church.

Singing can help faith, for sometimes we can sing words that we are not yet able to say. I have often noticed singers in choirs who would not call themselves believers belting out sacred music as if they meant it.

Perhaps they do mean it. Who is to say that a singer singing out "And he shall reign for ever and ever" in Handel's Messiah is not expressing a faith and hope that he or she might have trouble putting into spoken words?

Our personal faith may wax and wane, but the church's faith goes on from generation to generation. I like to think of it as a great choir, where each part supports and strengthens every other part, creating something beautiful and harmonious.

Prayer
It is fitting to praise you, O God, for you are gracious. Hear the everlasting song of your church in heaven and on earth, in Jesus' name.


Richard Floyd ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard L. Floyd is Pastor Emeritus of First Church of Christ (UCC) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and author of A Course In Basic Christianity. He blogs at richardlfloyd.com.

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