Devotional 07/07/2017by Terry Trainor on 07/07/17
I once read a story about Bill Mann, who has one of the great singing voices in the Christian church in this nation. He told about the most special concert in his life. After the concert was over, he returned to his dressing room. Waiting for him there was a woman who was blind, deaf, and mute. Through the lady who was with her, she asked if he would sing for her the last song he sang in the concert. "Surely," he said.
And standing only five inches from his face, this lady placed her fingers on his lips and on his vocal cords while he sang the last song again, "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" As he finished singing, a tear trickled down the face of Helen Keller. Indistinctly, she said, as the words were repeated by the lady with her, "I was there!"
Helen Keller would have given anything to be able to sing praises to God. Why do Christians with voices to do so not use them? Why do they sit silent in church while those around them sing out? It is always amazing to me to see every single person's lips move, but only be able to hear the voice of about ¼ of them.
Each year in Washington, D.C., someone rents a hall, hires an orchestra, and advertises a sing-along production of Handel's Messiah. People stand in line to get tickets. The choir numbers five thousand. They pay for the privilege of singing Messiah.
Why do Christians with the opportunity to sing hymns in church EVERY WEEK for NO charge not avail their selves of that opportunity?
The Word of God tells us:
Colossians 3:14 (NCV);
“Let the teaching of Christ live in you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and instruct each other by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Come join us at church Sunday. There is no charge for the sing-along. Come raise your voice with us, and praise God this week.