I have sung hymns since I was a child, and can rattle off some of them. How long has it been since you sang a song in church and consciously thought about and meant the words?
When the congregation stands and sings a familiar hymn, I hope my mind doesn’t wander. I wish I could honestly say it never does. I also don’t want to be guilty of just feeling good during a toe-tapping special number and forget to focus on the One being sung about.
Once when I attended a conference, I had to think about the words because they sang unfamiliar songs. As I did so, my heart responded, and I concentrated on actually singing to the Lord. It revived my spirit and drew me closer to Him. Since then, whether I am playing the piano or singing, I try to think about the words of the songs.
Paul and Silas sang praises to the Lord in the jail, even though they had been severely beaten that day and must have been in awful pain. Acts 16:25 records, “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”
They didn’t sing quietly; they sang so others could hear. What a testimony! Do you suppose as they prayed and sang, they were thinking about the awful way they had been treated? I believe they sang from their hearts to the Lord they adored, and counted it a privilege to suffer for Him.
As a widow, I want to follow their example, and deliberately worship our Savior through music.