Bringing In The Cheese

And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with singing” (Psalm 105:43).
I have always enjoyed singing, even when I was little and couldn’t understand the words. I remember singing “Bringing in the cheese when I was very young.”On a serious note, I wonder how many of us understand all the words we sing in hymns. “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also,” Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:15. Many of our hymns were written more than a century ago, and our language has changed. They are filled with references to scriptures that some may not know. We run across such phrases as “night with ebon pinion,” “the Macedonian call,” “the cleft of the rock,” and “my Ebenezer.”
Besides understanding, another important aspect of our singing is “making melody with our hearts to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19). Too bad the verse layout breaks up the thought, for we are to “make melody with our heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things.” Have you ever been so thankful to God that you broke out into a hymn of praise and thanksgiving?
Whether we are assembled together worshiping God or alone, whenever we sing praises to God, we are offering a sacrifice that is pleasing to God. The writer of Hebrews says, “Through him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make confession to his name” (13:15).
Christians are blessed to have spiritual hymns to sing in worship and praise to God. Many of our hymns are taken directly from scripture and teach God’s word, while others extol God and His sacrifice and gifts to us. The older we get and the more we sing, the precious hymns about our hope and heaven linger the longest in our hearts and on our lips.
Hymn: “Sing To Me Of Heaven”
Heavenly Father, I love to sing praises that remind me of Your love, Your promises, and Your hope for us. May I always sing to You. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
Donna Wittlif, Denver, Colorado