Friday, May 31, 2013

Spurgeon on the Habit of Singing

While I’m not particularly fond of singing, I do enjoy listening to songs, and I think that the following Charles Spurgeon quote can be applied to listening to music as much as to singing it. Being able to listen to recordings of music is a great blessing, and we should take advantage of it. And if you want to sing, then do so!

“Let me encourage you, Christian people, to sing a great deal more than you do. Of old London, in the Puritan time, it was said that you might have heard songs and prayers in well-near every house as you walked at the breakfast hour from St. Paul's to Eastcheap. Family worship was then the prevailing custom! It would not be so now in any town in England—the more the pity.

“I hear the wagoner in the country, and the costermonger in the city, humming a tune or singing a song. Why should not you, my friends, enliven your listless intervals with a hymn? The world has its popular music—why should not we stir up some soul-inspiring melodies? Soldiers go to battle with martial airs—let us go to our battle with the songs of Zion!

“When the sailors are tugging and pulling at the rope and weighing the anchor, they send up a cheery shout and they work better for it, too. Christian friends, while you work, lighten the toil with sacred song! Serve God with gladness!

“I have often been charmed at eventide on the canals at Venice to hear the gondoliers sing in chorus some glorious old chant. So, Christians, as you steer your vessels to Heaven, and tug at the oar, sing as you row, sing as you work! Sing, for you have much to sing about! Be glad, and praise the Lord who has delivered you!” -- Charles Spurgeon

4 comments:

  1. That is a good quote. :) Singing is one of my favorite things to do.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Grace! You have a pretty voice. :)

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  2. Very good quote- And I love singing. :)

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Amy! You're good at it. :)

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