Songs of Praise

by Charles Spurgeon

daily devotionsMay they sing of the ways of the LORD, for the glory of the LORD is great.” Psalm 138:5

The time when Christians begin to sing songs of praise to God is when they first lose their burdens at the foot of the cross. Not even the songs of the angels seem so sweet as the first song which gushes from the inmost soul of the forgiven child of God. John Bunyan describes such songs in his classic book “The Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan says when poor Pilgrim lost his burden at the cross, he leapt into the air, and went on his way singing “Blest Cross! Blest Sepulcher! Blest rather be The Man that there was put to shame for me!

Do you remember the day when your shackles fell off? Do you remember the place when Jesus met you, and said, “I have loved you with everlasting love. I have absorbed your transgressions; they will never be held against you again.” What a sweet season it is when Jesus takes away the pain of sin and replaces it with the joy of serving Him in spirit and truth!

When the Lord first pardoned my sin, I was so full of joy that I could scarcely refrain from dancing! I thought on my road home from where I’d been saved that I must tell the stones in the street the story of my salvation. My soul was so full of joy that I wanted to tell every snow-flake that was falling from heaven of the wonderful love of Jesus, who blotted out the sins of one of the chief of rebels against him … me.

But it is not only at the beginning of the Christian life that believers have reason sing. As long as we live we will discover new reasons to sing songs of praise to the Lord. Our experience of His constant loving kindness leads us to say, “I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.” (Psalm 34:1) See to it, friend, that you magnify the Lord this day, in songs of praise on your lips and through your life.

Questions: What is your favorite (or one of your favorite) Christian worship songs, and why? What does it say to you about God?

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3 Responses to Songs of Praise

  1. AmyC says:

    How amaze are GOD’s songs, they can soothes our mind and filled the emptiness in our heart and soul. The AMAZING GRACE, how sweet and lovely. GOD’s words are so pleasant to our ears and makes me dance while singing His hymns and praising Him. His songs can refresh and recharge our bodies, minds and souls. Each time when come to sing song and praise the LORD, I will feel very energetic and full of GOD’s power. Thanks to the words of GOD that strengthen me while I feel tired and weary. Praise The LORD, You are so wonderful and loving. You are a Living GOD who lives in me. Your praise will always be on my lips, praise You The Almighty GOD,…

  2. Rosemary says:

    One of my favourite songs is “How Great Thou Art”. This hymn fully magnifies the greatness of our God, it also makes me feel ashamed and sad when I sing the verse..”And when I think that God His Son not sparing sent Him to die I scarce can take it in…….He bled and died to take away my sin” these lines bring tears to my eyes.
    I like “My Jesus I Love Thee”, “I Gave My Life For Thee” (which is supposed to be a song sung by Jesus) , “As Pants The Hart For Cooling Streams” and many more…Apart from hymns there are songs by gospel singers which also touch my heart and I sing along while hearing them.

  3. Red Miller says:

    Fernando Ortega’s song “Give Me Jesus”. In the morning, when I’m alone and when I die, it’s ALL about the King of kings and Lord of lords. Thank you, Jesus!

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