The Importance of Hymns in the Christian Life

Abide With Me Hymn

I highly recommend reading the book “Then Sings My Soul.” It is a devotional type book with a hymn each day and the story behind the hymn.

It is always on the days that I have no plans of blogging that something presses on my heart that I want to share with you. This morning I was reminded of the importance of hymns in our life. Ephesians 5:19 commands us to sing Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. The word for hymn means a sacred song to the Lord. There are tons of different kinds of Christian songs and I think that they all have their place in the Christian life. But I want to address the importance of singing/listening to hymns:

 

1. They are saturated with theology – I was listening to the hymn “Abide With Me” over and over in the car yesterday morning on my way to work. The hymn speaks about God’s omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence all within the course of a couple of verses. Hymns deepen my praise of Christ.

2. They are saturated with Scripture – So many hymns are based off the words of Scripture. What better way to hide God’s Word in your heart than singing it?

3. They remind us that we are not alone in our struggles – The hymn “Abide With Me” was written 167 years ago. The writer struggled with sorrow, weariness, helplessness, disillusion, and temptation. What a blessing to know that others struggle with the same things that we do! They battled these very things that we do. And they left their words behind to encourage us to keep fighting the good fight.

4. They remind us that God does not change – The same God who comforted the author of “Abide With Me” is still our Comforter and strength. He does not change nor does His Word. His promises are the same and His Word is sufficient.

 I need Thy presence every passing hour, What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power? Who, like Thyself, My guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

What’s your favorite hymn?

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  • Heather S.

    Loved this one Courtney! Thanks for sharing! I can’t decide between Amazing Grace, How Firm a Foundation, Come Thou Fount & In Christ Alone for my favorite hymns so I’m going to say all of them depending on the moment 🙂 Blessings, Heather

  • Oh my goodness, I just love hymns!

  • My favorite hymn is “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” It’s such a beautiful song and moves me the tears every time.

  • Loved this! I grew up in a church that only sang hymns, and I didn’t appreciate them at the time. Now that I go to a church that is more contemporary, my heart swells and I truly appreciate the times when we do mix in a hymn.

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