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The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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I Will Sing With Understanding

1 Corinthians 14:15 Praise and worship music has become very popular in the church world at large. Recently I heard this song sung at a Protestant Reformed gathering. It’s About The Cross It’s not just about the manger Where the baby lay It’s not all about the angels Who sang for Him that day It’s […]

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O Sing Ye, Hallelujah!

“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, […]

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Sing Praises with Understanding (2)

We as Reformed believers ought to be very discriminating in our selection of music that we sing and allow ourselves to listen to. The devil is very crafty and many a lie has been promoted through the medium of music. We may be able to spot the lie very easily in the things we read […]

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Sing Praises with Understanding

When churches push aside Psalm singing and congregational singing for hymns, contemporary music, and choirs, one can be sure that diligent growth in the knowledge of God and His Word do not accompany the trend. In fact, quite the opposite is true. The gradual pushing aside of the Psalms and replacing them with hymns and […]

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I Will Sing…

Reprint from the Standard Bearer vol. 29, pp. 277-278.  By the addition of only one letter to the word “heave” we get the entirely different “heaven.” What a tremendous difference in meaning there is between those two words! And by adding the three short words, “unto the Lord,” to our theme of the last installment […]

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Happiness – Allegro Con Spirito

Happiness is a wonderful gift among God’s saints. Within the church family, one of the greatest times to share that happiness is in congregational singing. The moment to spread your joy is during the singing that is such an integral part of the worship service. Together we sing songs of praise and thanksgiving to our […]

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Singing a New Song to Jehovah

There is, young people, a very interesting and extremely important question that must be answered by all of us.  By all means in the days when we are young men and women, but also when we were children, and all through our lives as adult confessing members of God’s church, we are confronted with a […]

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Christ is Born – So Sing!

During the Christmas season, we hear Christmas Carols wherever we go – in the shopping mall, in the grocery store, on the radio – the world fills the air with songs of celebration. But for Christians, hymns of Christmas have a far more special place in our celebra­tion. We have the unique opportunity to sing […]

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The Singing Christian

“…singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord…” -Eph. 5:19 It was a good hour in the church many, many years ago. We came to hear a male quartet sing for us that evening. I was then a relatively young minister, and I was asked to give an “appropriate talk”. I chose to […]

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What Shall We Sing?

You young people for whom Beacon Lights is published will determine what we shall sing in the worship services of our churches in the years to come. Whether our churches will continue to use the Psalter exclusively and limit ourselves to these versifications of the Psalms and a few Scriptural passages from other books of […]

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A New Song

Have you ever listened to a choral practice session where the members are just beginning to learn to sing a new song? The accompanist plays the new music so that the members are able to hear their each individual part. Many of us know that those who sing either soprano, alto, tenor, or bass do […]

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Is the Psalter Outdated?

God’s people are a singing people. Both in the Old and New Testaments, the Lord tells us that His people sang of their joys and sorrows, of their struggles and victories. We, God’s people in the Reformed tradition, sing from the time we are tiny tots until we stoop with old age. Together we sing […]

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Making a Joyful Noise unto the World

Covenant Young People of our Protestant Reformed Churches: It always amazes me, and gives me a certain sense of spiritual joy when I watch you young people prepare for your conventions. Especially is this true when I watch you, and find out what theme you have picked for your convention. Thus far the thirty-four conventions […]

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Lo, in the Gravy

 “Praise the Lord with harp; sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.  Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.”  Psalm 33:2-3 It is a strange title, I suppose, for an article of this nature.  Probably it is rather confusing too when first seen.  It was […]

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With My Song Will I Praise Him

It’s Christmas time. Down the dark, silent, snowy streets go groups of young people. Singing softly, they go from one home to another, ring the doorbell, sing a song or two, and depart. In homes throughout the nation, families gather around the piano to sing these songs proclaiming the birth of our Lord and Saviour. […]

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Singing His Praises

With grateful heart my thanks I bring Before the great Thy praise I sing; I worship in Thy holy place, And praise Thee for Thy truth and grace; For truth and grace together shine In Thy most Holy Word Divine.   In the Psalms we hear the abiding, eternal, fundamental note of the pious heart […]

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Careful of What We Sing

There are many hymns sung nowadays which are entirely unscriptural and might well be criticized.  We have especially in mind a hymn, written by Robert Herkness and entitled: “Will You Take Jesus Today?” This hymn is very Arminian. Take for instance the first verse.  It reads: “Will you take Jesus to be your guide.  His […]

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The Gift of Song

Music and Song – enchanting words! And little wonder, for truly the gift of song is one of the most wonderful creations of God. When we read in Genesis that the Lord saw that His works were good and that He rejoiced in them, we can imagine He also listened to the wonderful harmony arising […]

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