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Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Come Christians Join to Sing”

Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual SongsCome Christians Join to Sing

In Ephesians, we are given directions on how to properly live as Christians. One of these is to sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:15-21)

In our modern churches, many have abandoned the singing of hymn and even fewer churches sing the Psalms anymore. Looking back at the centuries of hymns and and the Psalms, we see a view of God that is incomparable to many of the popular songs of today. Sadly, many of the songs that are popular in our churches today, present a very low view of God and have traded deep and true doctrine for entertaining and emotional.

I will be posting the lyrics of a Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual Song in hopes of introducing or reminding my readers of the beauty and depth of the songs of our family history. I also plan to post a few of the wonderful modern songs.

Come Christians Join to Sing

by Christian H. Bateman (1843)

Come Christians Join to SingCome, Christians, join to sing
Alleluia! Amen!
Loud praise to Christ our King;
Alleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice,
Before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice.
Alleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high,
Alleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky;
Alleluia! Amen!
He is our Guide and Friend;
To us He’ll condescend;
His love shall never end.
Alleluia! Amen!

Praise yet our Christ again,
Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain;
Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blissful shore,
His goodness we’ll adore,
Sing forevermore,
Alleluia! Amen!

If you enjoyed this post, you may also be interested in my other posts of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.

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  • A fine old hymn. I love these as they are so rooted in God’s Word, having the depth of old. I have not sung this one for many years. Thanks.

    • Sadly, I don’t think I have ever heard this one. My parents led the music in the church I grew up in and we mainly sang hymns but for some reason, I don’t remember this one. 🙂

  • Karen Del Tatto

    I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments about the hymns. I feel saddened at what a disservice the modern church is doing to our youth by not exposing them to the hymns and making the assumption that only praise music will resonate with them.

    Just yesterday, I heard a new hymn at church called “I Cannot Tell”. I was drawn into the lyrics of the hymn which were so rich in theology as most are. Singing hymns is like having a “musical sermon” as part of my worship service in the morning.

    I’ve always liked the hymn you shared here.

    Thanks for posting.

    • I heard a pastor speaking yesterday and he talked about how he was able to sing hymns to his 90something yr old grandmother when she was ill. He loved how he could fellowship with her over songs that had linked their generations. He lamented that his children and grandchildren will not have that link to the previous generations.

      The depth of theology is so lacking in many of today’s music. Thankfully, there are some musicians today who are writing great music.

      • What a beautiful testimony! I love that I can share these with my little boys. My 9 year old sings hymns with me as we go about our daily chores, and I love to hear his sweet voice singing along.

  • Susan

    I love our praise and worship – the team sings contemporary but we always have one traditional hymn during our service!

  • Karrilee Aggett

    There really IS such a richness and holiness found within the hymns and of course the Psalms. We tend to be one of the modern churches and I love our worship as well… Like Susan said, we tend to have a hymn within the songs as well – not every week, but often. My husband was raised in a chapel where all they sang was hymns so he knows all/most of them well, but I was not raised in the church and I am still amazed at many of them… so powerful!

  • This is a great hymn! I’m singing the tune as I’m reading the words. I’m so blessed by some of the music today but the hymns also deeply ministered to me. Happy to be next to you at Crystal Storm’s. 🙂

  • I come lifting my heart on high…what a beautiful hymn and a reminder of the joy and praising I feel when singing the praises of His people. Too bad I have a not-so-good voice! But God does not care when my heart sings to Him. : )

    • “Make a joyful noise.” I don’t have a great singing voice, but I belt it out (when I’m alone in my own home…lol) to my Lord. I figure He gave me my limitations in that area, and He doesn’t mind 🙂

  • Love this! Our church is one of the few that still sings hymns and I love it! Such a depth that most modern songs today just don’t have (yes, there are some modern songs that do have theological depth, but most do not).

    I have quite a collection of hymn CD’s that I love to listen to as I do my daily chores. Blessings to you!

    Crystal

  • Sarah Jo Burch

    I love this! I was raised in a church with lovely hymnals filled with rich poetry and stirring music – that’s still my favorite type of “worship music.”

    visiting from FMF — Sarah Jo

  • There are many hymns I hold dear. I wish it wasn’t so difficult for churches to mix the traditional and the contemporary. I love both. It’s sad to forego one for the other! Thank you for sharing hope at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  • Our church only sings hymns. The church I grew up in used a hymnal that is no longer published and this was in it. Reading the words brought back memories of our music director singing while leading. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    I was raised in a Methodist church, it’s small and we were like a family. I don’t live there anymore, but my parents do and still attend. They and my grandparents were very involved with the church. My mother was the choir director for many years. My sister sat beside me, my Grandmother behind me and my Uncle and Grandfather were in the back row. I can still hear my Grandmother’s voice singing from behind me, especially in hard times. There’s nothing like the old hymns, our current church plays mostly modern songs, one of my husband’s biggest laments.

  • Lovely post, there are so many wonderful hymns you don’t hear much anymore. Thanks so much for sharing over at Friday Frivolity!