Why the Hymns?

Why the Hymns?

My journey started with learning the stories behind the old hymns. It seems as though the individual must be crushed before they become a hymnist. Just as the grape on the vine does not become all it can be until it has been squeezed and the juice flows from it, so must the men and women of God be squeezed before they can become all He would have them be. Much as we would like it to be otherwise, we have but to look to Jesus and see the suffering He endured for us. We learn that God’s love, true love, requires sacrifice, suffering, pain. When one endures such trials, yielding to God, their life becomes a melody, the hymnist writes the song the Lord has put in their heart, sometimes a song of past suffering, sometimes of current crushing, and sometimes of future glory and rejoicing.

Further, originally, many of the hymns we know and love today, had their beginnings in the heart of the preacher who wanted to simplify and clarify the morning’s sermon. Once this was discovered, I began to “reverse engineer” them, discovering Scriptures supporting them, unfolding truths previously unknown. Before long, I had collected several hymns, the stories behind them, related Scriptures, and reflections on them.

Years–no, decades–ago, we attended church where the hymns were sung. Then we drifted to modern church music. Today, we have returned to the old hymns. Why? For the love of God,; for the love of hymns:

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As they say, “Let me write the hymns of the church and I care not who writes the theology.”

May you know the “Amazing Grace” of God, may you know deep within that “It is Well with My Soul”

Cindy Sekiguchi
A Cup of Devotion
“Hymns & devotions for Troubled Times”