Excerpt from New Hymn and Tune Book: An Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America That music has from the earliest period of time been regarded as one of the greatest means of ascribing adoration and praise to Almighty God, is a truth which must be obvious to the mind of every intelligent Christian. When at the fiat of Infinite Wisdom a universe sprang into existence; when the "proud waves of the deep were stayed," and the earth wore a rich mantle of verdure, fresh from the hand of its Creator; when the music of a thousand streams mingled with the melody of birds and flowers, the volume of inspiration tells us "the morning stars sang together for joy." It was not the carol of a little twinkling star at one corner of the universe, nor a choir or quartette of the asteroids, but a grand chorus of God's heavens singing out, in concert with nature, praise and glory to him who gave them birth! When from the land of their captivity the children of Israel passed over the Red Sea on dry land, and beheld their enemies engulfed beneath its returning waters, a choral anthem, composed by Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron, was then sung by the multitude, being in number six hundred thousand. David, the sweet singer of Israel, called upon the floods to clap their hands, and the hills to shout together for joy. And then in the ecstasy of his soul he exclaims, "O come, let us sing unto the Lord; let us make a joyful noise unto the God of our salvation." Again he bursts forth in strains like these: "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord;" and again, "Let the people praise thee, O God. Let all the people praise thee." The services attending the dedication of Solomon's Temple were rendered still more impressive and grand by the introduction of music. From the account given us in Holy Writ there is every reason to conclude that the whole congregation must have joined in the song of praise which called down upon their heads the blessings of their divine Protector. These are only a few among the many instances recorded in the Old Testament which seem to point directly toward congregational singing. Let us now turn to the plains of Judah, and for a single moment transport ourselves to that eventful night when a whole multitude of the heavenly host singing with a loud voice, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men, appeared to the wondering shepherds and proclaimed the birth of our blessed Lord. We cannot think that a part were silent while a quartette, or select few, were chanting the praises of the worlds Redeemer. When, after a lapse of thirty-three years, He who bore our griefs and carried our sorrows came, to the closing scenes of his life; when, having celebrated for the last time the Jewish passover, he instituted the solemn ordinance of the Lords Supper, and said to his disciples, "Do this in remembrance of me," here, we are told, they sang a hymn, and went out into the Mount of Olives. If a few, instead of all, had sung that hymn, would it have been more impressive? The Apostle John, in his description of the New Jerusalem, speaks of a great multitude which no man can number, and represents them as praising God continually. If, then, music is to constitute so much of our blissful employment in heaven, why not, each one of us, begin it, as best we can, in the great congregation of our Lord in his Church below? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
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