by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Psalm 137:4

Psalm 137, verse 4, says: "How shall we sing the
Lord's song in a strange land?"

God's people are meant to sing! There is singing in the
Bible, all the way through. A redeemed people can sing. We
are supposed to sing! In the Book of Revelation, God tells
us about the song of the redeemed, about the angels singing
in heaven, and that He Himself is The Happy God. I believe
God sings. I say that very, very reverently. I have no time
for the kind of irreverence today that makes God just
another good fellow. No, up in heaven, God's people sing.
And on earth, God's people sing. The Christian's religion
sets him to singing! Friend, if your religion hasn't
brought some joy to you, something is wrong. God's people
have a song in their hearts.

The Christian has a song of JOY. "Weeping may endure for a
night, but JOY cometh in the morning." This is true always
for the child of God. There may be many dark periods to go
through. Everything isn't song for a child of God. There
are dark moments. But friends, that is the incidental part
of a Christian's life. It isn't the major part.
Occasionally the Christian's song is the minor key, but
such is not the norm, it is the exception. As a rule, a
Christian's life is one of joy in the Lord. He can sing,
even through times of trial. He can sing, even in the dark
valleys. There is a song of joy in the heart.

They are supposed to sing, because they are REDEEMED. You
remember how the Children of Israel were delivered from
Pharaoh and the bondage in Egypt, "then SANG the people of
God!" (Exodus 15.) Only the redeemed can sing the songs of
Zion, songs of the Lord. The world can sing, and whistle in
the dark, but they cannot truly have a song when they face
the valley of the shadow of death. They can't sing of
heaven, because they don't know anything about heaven. In
Ephesians 2:8 we read, "Ye ARE SAVED, by grace, thro ...

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